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Southern Taiwan

Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park

Located on the southern tip of Taiwan, Kenting National Park a popular holiday or day trip destination for locals and visitors alike. This large recreational area of outstanding and varied natural beauty is home to sandy beaches, weird and wonderful rock formations and stalagmite-filled grottos caused by centuries of erosion. There are forests and beautiful tree-lined hikes, as well as the only tropical botanical garden in Taiwan. Visitors come for a range of outdoor pursuits; some head to the beach for fun both on top and beneath the water, which is home to attractive sea life. Hikers and rock-climbers explore the natural pathways and cavernous wonderlands, while thrill-seekers explore the area by road on speedy scooters. At night, the main strip is the focus as all the visitors converge at the night market.

 

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung is the second most populous city in Taiwan after New Taipei and is located in the southwestcorner of the island.  Known as the Harbor Capital, Kaohsiung has the largest port in Taiwan and is  the world's sixth largest cargo-container seaport. The tropical climate is comparatively milder and drier than northern Taiwan and makes it a  great travel destination any time of the year.  Good public transportation system and cheap taxis mean you can easily get around. Owing to the fact that it was a planned city, Kaohsiung has wide orderly streets unlike its bigger sister Taipei.

Although, due to a lack of extensive subways there are more scooters on the roads than any other area of Taiwan. Maolin district is one of its least populated areas and home to the Rukai aboriginal tribe. This area is filled with outdoor activities and only an hour outside the downtown making it a welcome retreat from the city. The Love river has been transformed into a walker/ bikers haven. Extensive bike and walking paths line the river throughout the city. The 85 Skytower hovers above all other buildings in the area and is easily seen from the harbor. Interesting architecture is popping up all over the city and can be enjoyed as you cruise around. 

 

Additional Resources:


Kaohsiung City Government

Kaohsiung City Public Bike 

18 Reasons Why Kaohsiung Is The MOST Underrated City You'd Want To Hide From Mainstream Tourists