Taiwan's Southwest Coast

The stars of the southwest coast are Tainan and Kaohsiung. Tainan offers elegant manifestations of a long and varied history, from brooding temples through canalside cafes to art deco. Kaohsiung is a hub of modern southern sophistication, with its exciting culinary landscape and a vibrant art-and-music scene; it's a city of intense blue skies where the sea and a riveting industrial past are never far away.

Not far from Tainan, Togo village in Houbi exemplifies the partnership between grass-roots and intellectual Taiwan, while the footsteps of German missionaries can be retraced in Jingliao village.

The southwest coast also lays claim to a beautiful national park that is habitat for the endangered black-faced spoonbill. It's a land of possibilities, some as different as fire and water, which, miraculously, in the mud hot springs of Guanziling, can coexist.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Taiwan's Southwest Coast.