Kaohsiung, Taiwan Jan2010
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February 25th, 2010 – by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee
It was pretty easy. We first went online to book the rail tickets, went to the station. It did not take a long time to find the ticket kiosk. There are a few kiosk located right when you got of the metro in Taipei main train station.
We book the train that departs around lunch time. We were told by our hotel staff that there will be staff selling lunch box on board. However when we saw a lot of the passengers brought their own lunch box, we were like “oh no, don’t tell me we got the wrong infos” We were so hungry! Luckily we did not need to wait for long. There is this pretty lady pushing a food cart right by us. She did not say anything, I think she expect us to ask her for food (since most of the passengers brought their own food) I ran up to her to ask if she has lunch box.
We arrived Kaohsiung Zuo Ying Station ( please note that, you can’t find “Kaohsiung” station when you book online or buy ticket in person, the train arrives in “Zuo Ying” Station, which took me a while to figure out this is where you get off if you want to go to Kaohsiung)
Going to our hotel in Kaohsiung was a little tricky. We had to take a metro to Kaohsiung main train station which took about 10minutes from Zuo Ying Station. After we got off the metro, we had to walk towards “train station” the we were inside the main train station (for slow train). we were told to walk to the rare exit of the train station where our hotel is located.
As we arrived in the evening, we missed the city tour. Therefore we decided to take a cab to the famous Love River where I have heard of many times. I have heard of how romantic the ambience is with the many side walk open-air cafes along the love river. The cab driver stopped us opposite the Ambassador Hotel where there were 3 cafes by the river side. I asked the cab, this is it? Where are the rest of the cafes? Yes, this is it and these are the cafes! What?! This is so not in my imagination!
We got off, there are Annie’s Pretzels, Ice cream store and a coffee shop.
Disembarked from love boat and headed for the cafes. We have a nice evening by the coffee shop and had some snack while watching the sun set. Charlie decided to have a beer at the other side of the river.
I forgot the name of the bar but it was quite nice. According to Charlie, Draft beer was good and my tea wasn’t bad at all, I just didn’t have the mood to enjoy the evening after I found out I have lost my cell phone. I don’t have to mention though, there is no washroom by the bar, and we had to go into the film archive for it. However there is a public washroom next to those three cafes, a clean one.
The next day, we planned to visit Cijin Island. According to the travel guide book, we can take a bus to Gushan Ferry Pier and then take a ferry to Cijin Island.
There are a few things to do in Cijin Island.
1. Try the seafood. They have the freshest sea food
2. Visit the oldest Tienhou temple in Taiwan devoted to the Goddess of Sea, is 300 years old and one of the national historic scenic spot
4. Visit the Sea Shell Museum
5. Rent a bike to go around the island
6. Visit the light house ( however it was closed on the day we arrived)
7. Visit the starry tunnel
Due to the time constrain, we only managed to do some of the above. We found a little Vietnam Café that served Vietnamese coffee right in front of the Tienhou temple. We love Vietnamese coffee therefore we picked a seat, enjoying our coffee while admiring this ancient temple. It was a relaxing easy morning.
After the coffee, we walked back to the bike rental stall. We picked a pick electrical trishaw. The rental rate was reasonable and we wanted for 2 hours. The workers are friendly and explained to us very patiently how to operate the bike and which are the place of interest.
This is our first time to ride on a electrical bike, we had a lot of fun! Although it was not powerful enough when we needed to go uphill a little, the chain kept coming off and Charlie has to fix it from time to time. We went through some beautiful woods and we spent some time by the Cijin Beach. It was hot but was quite nice with the sea breeze.
We returned the bike a little less then 2 hours as it was getting close to lunch time and we couldn’t wait to taste the popular seafood! The bike rental worker was so helpful, he suggested us to a good seafood restaurant that near by. He was right, the food was yummy! After lunch, we stroll down the main road for a while, seen some nice souvenirs shops then we decided to head home.
It was easy to take the ferry back. Before we headed back to the hotel, we decided to check out the famous Love Pier. We hail a cab heading to Love Pier; I was imagining how romantic it would be with my man by the pier, soft breezes while enjoying a cup of cappuccino by the water. Watching the sun set with my man and perhaps I will get some kisses ….To much thinking lady! I was dead wrong! No one was there, no cafes no nothing! We took some shots then walked a little. We saw a cheesy in door playground for kids and lots of bikes waiting for rental. ARRRRRR… another disappointing site! Let’s go back to the Lover River - at least there are 3 cafes by the water! Our day ended by snacking in Liu He night market, the biggest night market in Kaohsiung.
We decided to take a day rest the next day.
We booked a half day tour to Fo Guang Shan Monastery (Light of Buddha) from the hotel.
After the tour, we asked our tour leader for restaurant recommendation. He stopped us at New Taiwanese Original Restaurant. What a unique restaurant, there is 60’s street scene inside the restaurant and the wait staff all wear school uniform and wear a school bag in the 60’s.
We went back to the Love River and had a nice relaxing evening watching sun set.
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