5 things to do in Kaohsiung

The word is out about Kaohsiung, at least according to guidebook giant Lonely Planet, who put Taiwan’s southern port city at number 5 on its 2018 Best in Travel (Cities) List : The guidebook giant mention among its reasons for putting Kaohsiung on the list * Kaohsiung’s massive arts center and 100,000 sq meter cultural and…

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Old Industry, Natural Wetland, Strong Liquor, Religious Center-Riding the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Dashu Line

“Drink the water of Dashu,” goes an old Taiwanese saying, “and you’ll ever be thin and beautiful” – a fine reason, if any were needed, to visit this pleasant riverside Kaohsiung City suburban area in southern Taiwan.

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Something’s Up — Down in Kaohsiung and Tainan: A Cultural-Creative Bloom

Insight Guides: Taiwan says that Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s “industrial showcase,” and that the city of “Tainan is to Taiwan what Kyoto is to Japan, and Kyongju to Korea.” These are proud legacies, but both cities are now hard at work comprehensively enhancing their citizens’ quality of life with an eye to the future – and the tourist experience. One key area in this endeavor is the cultural-creative realm; both cities are systematically saving and preserving individual old structures and, in some cases, entire areas, prettying them up and giving them new life and self-supporting function as bases for cultural-creative expression.

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