Hiking activities in Kaohsiung City
Within Kaohsiung City there is good hiking in the 1000-hectare Chaishan Nature Reserve, which has been preserved since Japanese times. There's a decent brochure and map of the area at the tourist office. The Chaishan reserve is famous for its macaque population, so don't carry food into the area and watch out that the monkeys don't steal your camera!
On weekends and holidays you can take the Chaishan Line bus to the reserve from the train station. On weekdays take bus 248 to Yancheng Station (鹽埕站) then change to bus 219 to Longcyuan Temple (龍泉寺). The trails start behind the temple.
Just walking around the university and getting lost in the hills is pleasant…