If you wake up early in the morning, it's a good idea to take an early morning walk along Love River. At night, there are restaurants all around the path near the river; in the morning, they are all closed. Love River is a good place to see the people of Kaohsiung exercise in the morning. However, I have to say I was disappointed by this: in Taipei, everyone does Tai chi or Yuanji wu; in Kaohsiung, everyone just... walks (not very photogenic). Still, you can see the Kaohsiung skyline and people watch when you come early.
Love River is more of an attraction for locals than foreigners; I didn't like it very much, though. Love River is actually a canal that cuts through the center of Kaohsiung. Originally, this river was regarded as a stink hole that nobody would go near; later on, the city of Kaohsiung gave the river a face-lift that supposedly would make it better. According to everyone I've met, it is better, but in my opinion, the canal is still very polluted and very smelly. Most people visit the Love River at night, when the Kaohsiung's lights come on; short boat rides are offered on the river, but it was raining during my visit, so all boat rides were cancelled.
Not a bad place to take an evening stroll in Kaohsuing, especially when they've got it all decorated up for the Lantern Festival Holiday...
Seems Kaohsiung has made some effort to clean this area up a bit over the past few years...
One of the many immortals of the Chinese Pantheon is Kuan Kung, the God of war (or Knight saint) and is probably considered the most powerful.
He was also a General, (General Kuan Ti, Kuan Yu, or Wu Ti). Born in Shanzi China in 162AD towards the end of the Han Dynasty, he was a great warrior. He died at 58 in 220, when he was beheaded for not joining forces with the enemy who had captured him. His story is told in the Chinese classic The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Two pagodas side by side on the banks of the Tsuoying Lotus Pond. You enter through the dragon's mouth and exit via the lion's. This is suppose to symbolise the changing of bad luck to good luck. Inside are paintings of China's 24 most obedient sons showing scenes of heaven and hell. This is to try and inspire people to do good deeds during their life on earth. For those who don't there are threatening examples of retribution for wrong doing.
There are two large pavilions dedicated to Kuan Kung, the God of war. In front of the Pavilions is a statue of Kuanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. Legend has it, Kuanyin appeared above the clouds riding on a dragon, signifying that believers should build an image representing this event between the pavilions of summer and autumn. The pavilions were erected as a result of this.
Chunghsing Pagoda is at Cheng Ching Lake. At 43 metres high, the pagoda is the largest in the area. A winding staircase gives wonderful views over Cheng Ching Lake (the largest in Kaohsiung), the golf course and other towers and pavilions.
When driving out of the city, stop at the many roadside graves along the way. There were quite a few of these, although I am not sure our guide thought it was quite the thing to stop and take a photo.
I made a delightful man, who was part of our small tour group (An American Professor from Ohio), climb all the way to the top... I think he thanked me for it when he saw the view:-)
This was one of the view of Kaohsiung that we got from pagoda at Cheng Lake.
FO GUANG SHAN
Here is the bigest temple in Taiwan.There have activites on Lantern Festivel every years.
In Kaohsiung county
Fo Guang Shan, Ta Shu, Kaohsiung 84010, Taiwan R.O.C.
Maulin was once called Dwona where most residents are Lukai tribesmen. The slate houses in which the Lukai tribesmen live are the most attraction here. The streams go around among rows of mountain ridges, so there are many beautiful valleys and waterfalls forming there. The more famous landscapes are Maulin Valley Waterfall, Lover Valley Waterfall, Eagle Valley, Maiya Valley Waterfall, Dwona Waterfall, Lungtoushan and so on. The good place for camping is in the sandbar of the valley, but be careful about the rush stream water and the hidden water current when stay here.
Mt. Dagangshan is a scenic spot of Buddhism and is called Taiwan Buddha Mountain for many temples are set there. Chaufeng Temple was built in the years of Chyanlung in Ching dynasty, 300 years ago. The architecture of the temple is designed according to the terrain of the mountain. The whole temple with verdant trees around and quiet environment look imposing. There are statues of Gwanyin and Buddha rising above the pool before the temple, looking solemn. Other temples on the Mt. Dagangshan are Lunghu Nunnery, Fu Chywan Shrine, Lanfeng Temple and Lungyan Villa. These always attract tourists here to trip and worship.
It has Matsu Temple, dedicated to Matsu; Chijin sea bathing with clear water and fine sands; the long-in-time Chijin lighthouse; the twenty-five-lady graveyard built, who died in the shipwreck. Moreover, there are fresh and delicious seafoods, especially the roasted crabs and squids; the reactionary-style three-wheeled pedicabs for sightseeing offer the tourists an unforgettable experience.
Syidzwan located at the west side of Kaohsiung city presents sea bathing beach as its main scheme. It owns soft and fine sand- beach, the tall coconut trees full of the feeling of the south sea islands. On the beach you can dabble, play volleyball, doing sea bathing and enjoy the brilliant glow of the sunset during the summer. Historical Relics Exhibition Hall displays many information of Taiwan historical relics, it's the second class of ancient remains; Syungjen North Gate is an old gate of the city, built of red breaks.
Chichin Island. It's a little island off shore of Kaohsiung harbor where locals would go to have seafood and take a walk on the beach.
You get to take a ferryboat to get there!! It's fun!! You can also get your motorcycles or bikes on too. Also, there are lots of seafood eateries where you can choose your favorite seafood from the fish tank (alive and kicking!!) and tell the cook how you would like to have it. I love it!!!