Kaohsiung Off The Beaten Path

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    Forming the Gorge

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    Taroka means beautiful in the Ami dialect and you will certainly see why when you visit. At Swallow Grotto you will see sheer cliff towers.

    The gorges, waterfalls and rapids were formed from the flow of the Liwu River. Taroka Gorge located about 15 kms from Hualien.

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    Maolin/Tona Hot Springs

    by kenmerk Written Mar 16, 2003

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    Suprisingly, the Maolin/Tona area is only a little more than one hour's drive from Kaohsiung.

    The area extends about 25 KM's into the mountains from Maolin. Here you can find several waterfalls, an aboriginal center, natural hot springs (at Tona), and many places along the river valley where you can just hang out.

    Try the native barbeque while you are here, also there are several stores that sell stone crafts in Tona village.

    Be careful when down at the hot springs. The rocks around there are all shale, and can be slippery. (As Uncle Joe's bruised tail bone will attest to...)

    Waterfall in the Maolin Area
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    walk the zig zag bridges

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2014

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    Walk the zig zag bridges because for the bad dragons there is no way to follow you ! So this the idea behind the zig zag bridges that you will see in some places leading to a temple: Bad Dragons will be able to go over a Bridge only when it is strait, but zig zag bridges are impossible for them.

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    South Cross Island Highway

    by kenmerk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    There are several ways to cross the island of Taiwan, the safest being to either bypass the mountains by looping around to the North or South.

    However, the for the most scenic/scary adventure, try the South Cross Island Highway. This road bisects the island from Taitung to Tainan. Here you will cross 9000 ft high cliff hanger goat path roads and pass through tunnels that resemble leaky coal mine shafts. The area is complete with rainforest type scenery and monkeys scurrying about..

    Driving across this road in the fog, I once almost ran head-on into a boulder large enough to bury a VW microbus.

    The one saving grace is that there is usually not much traffic on this road, since even the locals are afraid of driving here. The best time to visit this area is fall/winter/early spring to avoid the rainy/landslide season...

    Scenery Along the South Cross Island Highway
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    Muddy Volcano

    by kenmerk Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Like most of Taiwan, Kaohsiung county has its share of geothermal activity... Including the so-called "muddy volcano" which is maybe 25 Kms north of the city...

    Strange place, you can here the ground gurgling below you and see the hot mud oozing out of the ground in several spots....

    Muddy Volcano, Kaohsiung County...

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    some more sights off the tourist-track

    by globetrott Written Jul 24, 2014

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    On our way through the City we also passed by a place that looked like the reamains of some old fortification-wall, see it in my Pictures 1 & 2 !
    In my 3rd Picture: some old traditional houses in town
    and in my last 2 photos: houses in some sidestreets

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    Solemn Temple

    by THLIN Written Jan 7, 2008

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    FoGuangShan is one of the most influencial Buddhism temple in Taiwan. It was founded by Master XingYun, who come to Taiwan with KMY government on late 1940s. The place is big enough to accomdate one college, one high school, one dormitory for the prayer, and serval tourist shops. I have heard of this place for long time, but I came here with a non-buddhist. Lucky enough I could proudly introduce my religion to my friend.
    This place locates in the remote area of Kaohsiung County, please take a bus 150, 151 here. It takes you more than an hour to arrive from KH Train Station.
    Masters here are very friendly, if you are not a buddhist, it's okay, you don't need to pray with incense, but as a matter of politeness, please hold you hand and greet to the buddha statue. You are always more polite to greet if you enter someone's home.

    Main Shrine

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    another one of the many local temples

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2014

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    When we came back to our ship there was one hour left for some walks around the port-area and within a few minutes we came to this lovely "nameless" local temple in some sidestreet. Visitors are always welcome in these temples. so dont hesitate to go inside

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    The Tunex Skyscraper

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2014

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    This is the highest building of Kaohsiung, the Tunex Skyscraper and with a hight of 347 meters it is also No 21 of all the highest buildings on earth.
    On the 74th floor there is an observationdeck and a lift gets you up there. It is a pity I did not have enough time to go up, but maybe next time !

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    The Chi-Ming-Tang

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2014

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    The Chi-Ming-Tang temple, dont miss it ! This temple was built on the main road along the Lotos pond and opposite of the more famous temples in the lake.
    But the interior of the Chi-Ming-Tang temple is a lot more beautiful than all the other temples in my humble opinion.

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    Kuan Kung

    by globetrott Updated Jul 20, 2014

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    Kuan Kung is considdered to be the god of war and there is a giant monument for him on a small artificial island of Lotos Pond and a bridge with wonderfull ornaments and statues will take you there.
    You will be able to step up inside this giant Monument for a great view of the Lotos Pond and the other temples.
    Kuan Kung was obviously also a person of chinese history named General Kuan Ti, who died in 220 A.D. and he was a famous warrior.

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    the ornate bridge leading to Kuan Kung

    by globetrott Updated Jul 20, 2014

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    Lets take a closer look at the Ornate Bridge that will lead you over the Lotos Lake to the giant Monument for Kuan Kung. You will see various other warriors there, who might have been soldiers or officers in the army of Kuan Kung, who said to have been a warrior of chinese history named General Kuan Ti (162 - 220 A.D.)
    b.t.w. These monuments and even the artificial Lotos Pond Dates back to the late 1970s !

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    the "Pure Land Caves"

    by globetrott Updated Jul 20, 2014

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    The "Pure Land Caves" are a museum or maybe we should call it an exhibition or amusementpark in the area of Fo Guang Shan Temple. The entrance is free and the walk through is over some steps up and down again. I am sure you need to know a lot about the life of Budda in order to see the idea behind of these rooms, but it was interesting anyway.

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    The "Non Dualty Gate"

    by globetrott Written Jul 20, 2014

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    This is the "Non Dualty Gate" of the Fo Guang Shan, the gate that is the main entrance to the temple-area. The whole temple was built on a hill, so there are lots of steps up and down, but there is a sidepath as well that will take you uphill slowly and almost without steps.
    Nevertheless when you are handicapped you will never be able to really avoid steps of some Kind all over the area.

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    Santimen

    by kenmerk Written May 21, 2005

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    Though Kaohsiung is the smogged choked sorta place that it is, it is pretty easy to get out into the mountains for some more breathable air. One good option, which isnt so far away is Santimen, which is home to the Paiwan tribe of aborginals.

    The town of Santimen itself is nice and all, though has a bit of a tourist feel to it. A better option is to head a bit further into the brush to find a more authentic village.

    If you head up the mountain road (rte 24) east from Santimen, there is a turn off about 10 kms up. Follow the switchback path down the hill (4WD recommended) till you dead end at a suspension walkway.

    Cross the river here and follow this path uphill for about 40 minutes and you will come across a real Paiwan aboriginal farming village complete with the original stone houses that they build here. (Pretty amazing, the construction method seems to be just piling on one stone after the other. Best I can tell no mortar or wood...)

    All in all a nice day out of the big city....

    Stone House of the Paiwan Tribe...

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