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Kaohsiung
Travel Guide

Kaohsiung which includes a city

Taiwan’s second-largest city is changing its industrial focus and emerging as a modern hub of entertainment and culture.

Taiwan’s largest port, Kaohsiung, is a well-planned city with an eclectic mix of beaches, trendy cafés and historic sites. Its wide streets and harbor-side parks make it feel less congested than the island's capital, enticing many travelers to stay for longer than they originally planned.

Take a leisurely walk along the Love River, a former open sewer that has been transformed into a promenade lined with trees and sidewalk cafés. Check out the stores in Dream Mall, the second-biggest shopping mall in Asia. With an eye-catching Ferris Wheel on its rooftop, this massive mall is visible from almost all areas of the city.

Catch a ferry to Cijin Island, a thin district projecting right into Kaohsiung Harbor. This area is home to a busy retail and dining strip, known for its fantastic seafood. Walk along the sandy shoreline, go for a swim and bike around the island. Don’t miss the views from the top of the lighthouse.

Save time for the remarkable collection of temples, pavilions and pagodas set on the edge of Lotus Pond. This man-made lake is surrounded by a group of brightly colored and unusual monuments, including the Dragon and Tiger pagodas. Visitors are advised to enter through the enormous dragon’s mouth on one side, and exit through the tiger mouth on the other in order to symbolically transform their bad luck into good.

Head to the Old British Consulate in the late afternoon to watch the sunset. Set on a hill overlooking Kaohsiung Harbor, this 19th-century mansion has been converted into a pleasant café and museum.

Travel just outside the city to Fo Guang Shan, one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist monasteries. This serene complex, perched on Fo Guang Mountain, is home to grottoes, gardens, pavilions and hundreds of Buddha statues.

Kaohsiung is 4 to 5 hours away from Taipei by bus or 1.5 to 2 hours by high-speed rail. Metro and bus systems are available within the city, but it can also be enjoyable to explore by bike, with many special lanes allocated for cyclists.

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Where to stay in Kaohsiung

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No. 4 Zhongshan 1st Road, Xinxing District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥9,014 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Xinkujiang Shopping District and Liuhe Night Market. Love River and 85 Sky ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (704 reviews)
"Rooms were great. Wonderful view and great amenities."

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park, an IHG Hotel
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥5,428 per night from May 16 to May 16
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. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,371 reviews)
"Only choice when I visit Kaohsiung, excellent service and staff, highly recommend"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
4.5 out of 5
202, MingSheng 2nd Road, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥7,076 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River, Liuhe Night Market, and Pier-2 Art Center. 85 Sky Tower and Former British ...
4.3/5Excellent! (901 reviews)
"Nice place to stay,"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Tale of Butterfly
The Tale of Butterfly
2 out of 5
No.92-5, Chaoyuan, Meinong District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥20,663 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Meinong, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jiuxionglin Shan and Zhutou Shan. Jian Shan is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"去的時候剛好遇到寒流,但熱水溫度與水量相當充足。 自助吧結合當地食材做創意料理,也相當美味。 環境舒適貼心,也有免費出借桌遊供消遣。"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

The Tale of Butterfly
85 Prague Homestay
85 Prague Homestay
3 out of 5
12 F, No. 5, Ziqiang 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥2,494 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River and Central Park. Dream Mall and Liuhe Night Market are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (39 reviews)
Nice
"Super helpful staff and great window view"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

85 Prague Homestay
Statt de Vallee
Statt de Vallee
2 out of 5
No. 130-72, Heping Rd., Liouguei District, Kaohsiung
Located in Liugui District, this campground is 13.8 mi (22.1 km) from Maolin Butterfly Trail and within 25 mi (40 km) of Dajin Waterfall and Meinong Folk Village. ...
Statt de Vallee
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kaohsiung

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

Kaohsiung is nice. There’s a lot of western amenities. The Love River is nice. Cijin Beach is a fun family place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

Rueifong Night Market is great and accessible via MRT

4/5 - Good

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Mar 11, 2020

Layback

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

spacious, nice infrastructures.

4/5 - Good

Stephany

Jan 18, 2020

People are nice. Easy to travel with transportation and taxi

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Pier 2 art area is a great idea and example for attracting tourist visit.

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