The bullet trains in Taiwan make it so easy to get around the country these days. A trip to Kaoshiung at the sounthern tip of the island is only a 2.5 hour bullet train ride away from Taipei, making it an easy day trip.
There are many temples around the lake:
Alongside the Spring and Autumn pavillions, there pond where turtles nest.
Heading into the central part of the city, it’s an easy walk through the streets. But be careful of the mopeds!
Then on to the ferry terminal at Fisherman’s Warf:
where mopeds can get on the ferry too!
Crossing the bay, the skyline offers a nice view
to the bustle of life on Cijin Island:
The beach is a short walk away from the ferry terminal, where you can take a walk along the beaches of the island
or just relax with something good to eat:
or just have fun:
There are so many street vendors to chose from along the beach, especially from seafood street!
From grilled squid
to oyster pancakes
steamed sweet potatoes
sugar cane drinks
and fried dough.
There is a “mall” along the water that houses many vendors selling dried seafood:
and dried persimmons!
Heading back into town,
We headed up the hill to see some old sites,
The fort once protected the island:
with great views from the top!
We got there too late to see the lighthouse, so this is a view from the gate:
The best part of Kaohsiung through, is their Night Market back on the mainland
Everyone was so excited to eat!
With grilled seafood
a better version of peking duck with fried noodles and veggies
noodles with fish balls
All sorts of tripe and intestines
Fresh fruit like wax apples, cherimoya, and mangoes
Fresh pineapple cakes
and this fantastic papaya shake with lines around the corner and pictures of celebrities all over the stand!
In addition to food, they’ve go other goods as well, like these wooden carved instruments,
Worst part of having taken the bullet train was that we had to catch the train to go back to our hotel in Taipei. Otherwise, it was the perfect day!
For more on my travels through Taiwan, check out: https://justcallmequeen.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/pingxi-and-shifen/