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International Kaohsiung, Taiwan

650$ per person
3 Days

ESCAPE COMPLETELY Exceptional Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung has more than modernized urban scenery and the vitality which comes in from the ocean; it also boasts an expansive hinterland, with rich natural and cultural resources, fields and gardens, forests, mountains, hot springs- it has everything.
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The southern city of Kaohsiung is Taiwan's largest port, its second-largest city and centre of the country's heavy and petrochemical industries. Despite this, today's Kaohsiung is a modern urban landscape of airy cafes, wide streets, waterside parks, public transport, bicycle lanes and cultural venues that have embraced and re-imagined the city's manufacturing past.

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Departure Location
Kaohsiung International Airport, Zhongshan 4th Road, Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 812
Return Location
Gongqi Park, 812, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Xiaogang District
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Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Accommodation in single twin share room
  • All meals included
  • Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Observation and participation in allowed activities
  • Professionally guided tour
Price does not include
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Other International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Visa arrangements

The Culture

Located in southwestern Taiwan, Kaohsiung is a city of a longish shape. It is cast in sunshine throughout a year and its weather is amiable. Mountains, oceans, rivers and ports make the city’s geology and culture highly diverse. Kaohsiung used to enjoy a thriving economy for its steel and petrochemical industries, but now it is gearing towards cultural tourism, touting its history, nature and hospitality. An oceanic tourist capital it is!

River Ports & Oceanic Tourism

In Taiwan, people call Kaohsiung “the port city” because it has the most beautiful port views. The magnificent Kaohsiung Port, modern-style Singuang and Glory Ferry Wharfs, and romantic Love River all enhance Kaohsiung’s urban charm. Taking a ferry is actually a popular tourist activity in Kaohsiung.

Visitors may take a ferry at Shaochuantou Wharf so and then hop off in Qijin to enjoy a walk, or take the Love Boat or a fancy gondola by the Love River. Cultural yachts are an option, too – the yacht trip is longer, allowing visitors to immerse in the splendid views of Kaohsiung’s ports and the Asian New Bay Area.

Tapping into History

Kaohsiung was previously named “Takau,” referring to the bamboo forests dwelled by indigenous Makatau. During the Qing Rule, it was renamed as “Dagou” and by the Japanese Rule a Dagou office was to be established on Qijin Street. The Dagou Branch Office of Tainan Prefecture was therefore relocated to Shaochuantou. In 1920 (9th year of Taisho), Kaohsiung Prefecture was established. The Japanese adopted the name “Kaohsiung” from “Takau.”

Natural Resources & Great Views

Kaohsiung has more than modernized urban scenery and the vitality which comes in from the ocean; it also boasts an expansive hinterland, with rich natural and cultural resources, fields and gardens, forests, mountains, hot springs- it has everything.

The strange “Moon World” formations near Tianliao, Yenchao, and Neimen, known as “badlands” in the field of geography, form mainly as a result of rainwater and river water scouring mudstone areas which have soft soil. It is difficult for plants to grow in such an environment, which exposes the mudstone, creating a unique landscape densely covered with ridges and trenches. In fact, Moon World’s geographic richness and rarity has already met UNESCO Geoparks’standards for recognition as a Geological Heritage Site. What’s more, Purple Crow Butterfly Valley in Maolin Scenic Area is also a world-class natural resource, one of just two valleys in the world in which butterflies winter.

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Day 1

Meinong Hakka Village

The Kaohsiung City Government launched 7 themed cycling trips in Meinong in 2004: ride through the streets and alleys of Meinong, explore grain-filled fields and century-old heritage sites, and sample delicious local Hakka cuisine. This trip allows the traveler to deeply experience the warmth and charm of Meinong Hakka Village.

Day 2

A leisurely trip to Northern Kaohsiung

Northern Kaohsiung has developed quite quickly in recent years. Nostalgic Qiaotou Sugar Factory, magnificent National Stadium, charming Heart of Love River, and bustling Liuhe Night Market are all worth a visit.

Day 3

Lakeside scenery 1-day cycling tour

Cycle to Kaohsiung's 2 lakes and ecological parks in the traffic-choked urban areas of Kaohsiung, going on an ecological journey in the city.

More about Kaohsiung

More about this tour

Covering2,952 square kilometers of land, Kaohsiung is Taiwan's second largest city. It has 38 administrative districts and each has unique geological features. Kaohsiung has many cultural resources and a wide range of agricultural and fishery products. The residents take pride in what Kaohsiung has to offer, and they share a tolerant culture.

Starting in 2011, Kaohsiung has taken part in the International Awards for Livable Communities and in just three years it has already won 7 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze prizes. This not only makes Kaohsiung the city in Taiwan that wins the most awards from the competition, but also a new popular tourist city.

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