bullet train down to kaoshiung

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.

Right out of the train station, you find yourself at Lotus Pond, where the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are.koreataiwan2012-3 057  You enter through the dragon and exit out of the tiger for good luck.

There are many temples around the lake:

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Alongside the Spring and Autumn pavillions, there pond where turtles nest.

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Heading into the central part of the city, it’s an easy walk through the streets.  But be careful of the mopeds!

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Then on to the ferry terminal at Fisherman’s Warf:

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where mopeds can get on the ferry too!

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Crossing the bay, the skyline offers a nice view

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to the bustle of life on Cijin Island:

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The beach is a short walk away from the ferry terminal, where you can take a walk along the beaches of the island

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or just relax with something good to eat:

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or just have fun:

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There are so many street vendors to chose from along the beach, especially from seafood street!

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From grilled squid

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to oyster pancakes

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steamed sweet potatoes

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fresh tomatoes:

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quail eggs

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fried pancakes

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sugar cane drinks

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and fried dough.

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There is a “mall” along the water that houses many vendors selling dried seafood:

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and dried persimmons!

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Heading back into town,

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We headed up the hill to see some old sites,

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The fort once protected the island:

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with great views from the top!

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We got there too late to see the lighthouse, so this is a view from the gate:

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The best part of Kaohsiung through, is their Night Market back on the mainland

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Everyone was so excited to eat!

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With grilled seafood

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oyster pancakes

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a better version of peking duck with fried noodles and veggies

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noodles with fish balls

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All sorts of tripe and intestines

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Fresh fruit like wax apples, cherimoya, and mangoes

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Fresh pineapple cakes

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and this fantastic papaya shake with lines around the corner and pictures of celebrities all over the stand!

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In addition to food, they’ve go other goods as well, like these wooden carved instruments,

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and eyelashes,

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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/

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