Taiwan – Kaohsuing, City with a Beach

Kaohsuing, Taiwan, April 2016. On a stomp from Central Park to the Gushan Ferry for a ride over to Qijin Island. After a short diversion following the spectacle of a carnival procession, its now time to join the Saturday afternoon queue for a ride across the harbor and see what this top ten attraction has to offer.

The 6 minute ride costs 55p on a local ferry boat crammed full with locals, scooters and Chinese tour groups. There’s also another perspective on the Kaohsuing skyline – a great photo opportunity as the ferry reaches halfway and begins to slow up. If nothing else, taking this ferry is a great way to view the city’s innovative and interesting architecture.

The Island itself comprises of a residential district extending south for several miles with city and docklands on the left and the mighty Pacific ocean on the right.  – so don’t expect a tropical island paradise here! But there is a line of palms and a nice wide beach. A volcanic beach way back in history so the sand is coarse black but plenty of locals and Chinese tourists are enjoying a Saturday afternoon splash around.

Actually its a wide open space and finding solitude for a few moments isn’t difficult after a 5 minute hike south.The sea is pretty rough with no swimming flags dotted around, but of course there are a few brave souls defying the rules.

A street just off the beach, crammed full of street food, cafes and seafood restaurants, packed out with folk. This is obviously a hot spot for fish and it all looks pretty fresh – freshly frozen that is since I’ve learned most of it is imported from Vietnam.

Overall, a visit here to Qijin Island is a worthwhile expedition. A place where one can enjoy the buzz of a crowded street and then find solitude just 5 minutes away. Oh, and the Temples around here are pretty amazing too. They seem more ornate, more decorative than anything I’ve seen in all of Taiwan, so far

Getting to Qijin is easy by Metro. Orange line to Sizihwan Station – the last station on that line. From there follow the signs to Gushan Ferry. Google Maps.

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