Cihou Fort

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Cihou Fort featuring a ruin and heritage elements

The top of this historic island fortress offers a panoramic viewof Cijin Beach and the 85 Sky Tower.

Once the guard tower of Kaohsiung Harbour, Cihou Fort is an18th-century site of fortified barracks and battery emplacements. It was builtin 1876 during the Qing Dynasty, and new guns have been installed over thecenturies. Learn about the various battles that took place at this fort againstlocal and national armies.

The fort’s Western style is reflected in the concrete andredbrick used to construct the site. This is because an English architect, H.W. Harwood, designed the fort. Explore the island for other defensive sites thatcollectively made this area one of the most heavily fortified in the world.

Make your way to Cijin Beach to sunbathe on a hot day. It is alittle dangerous to swim, but you are likely to see surfers testing the wavesmost days. Visit Cijin Lighthouse and enjoy views of the Taiwan Strait separatingthe island from the rest of Asia.

During a battle, a Japanese shell destroyed the main gate. Viewthe reconstruction completed in the 1990s along with the Chinese symbols thatwere inscribed on the original gate. The letters have an ambiguous meaning, butsome interpret their translation as “The Great Stone Holds the Southern Sky.”

The fort was not in use during the Japanese rule of Taiwan inthe first part of the 20th century. Once back in Chinese possession followingWorld War II, the site was further fortified with machine guns.

Cihou Fort is on the northern tip of Cijin Island, a narrowstretch of land southwest of Kaohsiung. Take the Orange Line of the metro toSizihwan Station and walk for 5 minutes to reach the harbor. Then ride theferry to Cijin Island, where you will find the fort. The boat journey takes about10 minutes and has a small fee.

Top Hotels Close to Cihou Fort

Hotel Sunshine
Hotel Sunshine
4 out of 5
No.75, Jhonghua 4th Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥4,162 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 85 Sky Tower, Kaohsiung Main Public Library, and Sanduo Shopping District. Kaohsiung ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
Just right
"Easy check in and check out, clear and quick information about the hotel. Clean room, comfortable. Breakfast was buffet style with a decent variety of choices. Nice stay."

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Hotel Sunshine
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥7,798 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaohsiung City Music Hall, Kaohsiung Museum of History, and Kaohsiung Film Archive. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,255 reviews)
Highly recommend this place!
"Great location, with convenient access to MTR, River Love and stores. Courteous staff. Very nice stay overall! Highly recommend this place."

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
In Young Hotel
In Young Hotel
3.5 out of 5
3F No. 1050, Cijin 3rd Rd., Cijin Dist., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥8,394 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
With direct access to the beach, this Qijin District hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Cijin Seaside Park, Cinjin Beach, and ...
4/5 Very Good! (97 reviews)
Breakfast with beach view
"We stayed while transiting to Taipei and enjoyed being at the seaside on Cijin Island. The hotel was easy to get to by taxi. Breakfast was nice with a view over the beach."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2015

In Young Hotel
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Hotel Sunshine
Hotel Sunshine
4 out of 5
No.75, Jhonghua 4th Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥4,162 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Hotel Sunshine
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥7,798 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
In Young Hotel
In Young Hotel
3.5 out of 5
3F No. 1050, Cijin 3rd Rd., Cijin Dist., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥8,394 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
In Young Hotel
Watermark Hotel-The Harbour
Watermark Hotel-The Harbour
3 out of 5
No.14, Shaochuan St., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥6,419 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Watermark Hotel-The Harbour
Watermark Hotel Sizihwan
Watermark Hotel Sizihwan
3 out of 5
No.31, Shaochuan St, Gushan District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥5,103 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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WO Hotel
WO Hotel
4 out of 5
No.394, Qixian 2nd Rd., Qianjin Dist., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥5,572 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Harbour 10 Hotel
Harbour 10 Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 10, Hedong Road, Qianjin District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥6,785 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Harbour 10 Hotel
Sizihwan Sunset Beach Resort
Sizihwan Sunset Beach Resort
4 out of 5
No.51, Lianhai Rd., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥11,463 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Sizihwan Sunset Beach Resort
Grand Hi Lai Hotel
Grand Hi Lai Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No.266, Cheng-kung 1st Rd., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥15,220 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Grand Hi Lai Hotel
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