Scenic Area sights in Kaohsiung City
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The pond in the north of the city has been a popular destination since the Qing dynasty and is well known for the 20 or so temples dotting the shoreline and nearby alleys. In recent years much money and effort has gone into returning the lake and its cultural and natural heritage to something of their former glory. There's now a path right around the lake, and efforts are underway to restore the wetlands on the west side. At night coloured lights give the lake a very festive appearance.
Starting from the southern end and heading clockwise around the lake, you'll first encounter sections of the Old Wall of Fengshan (Fèngshān Jiùcháng), built in 1826. The intact north-gate…
Some have compared Kaohsiung's Love River to Shanghai's Bund – only a whole lot cleaner! It's a bit of a stretch (except the clean part) but this once open sewer certainly has seen a remarkable transformation in recent years. The waters flow clean, and the bank-side promenades with their benches, shady trees and outdoor cafes are popular hangouts for both locals and visitors.
You can cruise along the river day and night (20-minute boat rides are NT$80, and run from 4pm to 11pm). Boats leave often and are usually full on weekends.
Just back from the river is the wonderful Municipal Film Archives, where you can enjoy on-site private and public viewings of the archives'…
This thin island, almost a sandbar really, acts as a buffer to the harbour and extends down the city coastline. It's a popular day trip from the mainland, with its frenetic seafood street (Hǎichǎn Jiē), beach, lighthouse and biking routes being the main attractions. The oldest temple in the Kaohsiung area is Cijin's Matsu Temple (天后宮; Tiānhoù Gōng), the origins of which go back to the late 17th century when the area was the first commercial centre in Kaohsiung. Much of the excellent stone relief and pillar carvings go back to the 18th century.
As on the mainland, you can rent bikes on Cijin or take your bike over on the ferry (NT$15, 10 minutes), which runs…