It was virtually lunch when our ship entered Kaohsiung Port, and I used to be completely unprepared. Boats zig and zag throughout the harbor, a small white lighthouse towering over its waters. Alongside town’s skyline, a hexagonal constructing geometrically stood out, greeting us guests a heat welcome. And me, I used to be scrambling everywhere in the ship, making an attempt to get to the Resorts World One high deck from my room in time for a greater view of Kaohsiung Metropolis.
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|THE RESORTS WORLD ONE CRUISE SHIP DOCKED IN KAOHSIUNG HARBOR
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DOCKING AT KAOHSIUNG PORT
From Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, it took an in a single day crusing throughout the South China Sea to Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Harbor. We departed Hong Kong simply earlier than 5 within the afternoon and arrived at Taiwan a couple of minutes previous ten within the morning the following day.
|RESORTS WORLD ONE CRUISE SHIP
The very first thing that bought my consideration was the small lighthouse atop a hill on the harbor mouth, little did I do know that we’d be climbing that later that afternoon.
RESORTS WORLD ONE SHORE EXCURSION
|SOME OF RESORTS WORLD ONE’S SHORE EXCURSION TO KAOHSIUNG
There are literally a couple of Kaohsiung shore tour itineraries being provided on Resorts World One, relying on the day of arrival and schedule. These are reserved on a first-come-first-served foundation, so ebook early—ideally proper after boarding the ship. Additionally, remember to purchase a stamped copy of your passport from the crew the evening earlier than you go, you’ll be needing this to go previous the immigration.
Kaohsiung Discovery Tour With Evening Market – HKD 450.00
Scenic Chijin Island Kaohsiung Tour – HKD 430.00
Kaohsiung Highlights – HKD 480.00
The Better of Tainan – HKD 500.00
Be My Visitor @ My Pineapple Farm – HKD 680.00
Kaohsiung Procuring & Connoisseur Tour – HKD 620.00
We took the Scenic Chijin Island Kaohsiung Tour, an eight-hour guided tour with lunch included. Completely not unhealthy for HKD 430.00 per particular person.
A tip when doing the Kaohsiung shore tour, remember to carry an umbrella (in case you have), a hat, arm heaters, further shirt, and many water. Because the tour falls on noontime, count on it to be actually sizzling. Nicely, all of us anticipated it to be sizzling, however none of us considered bringing any of these issues. I’m telling you upfront.
|KAOHSIUNG SHORE EXCURSION ITINERARY
For many who need to save on shore tour charges, you possibly can truly disembark from the ship and discover the vacation spot DIY. Simply remember to be again on the ship earlier than the departure time. One of many issues you are able to do is definitely ebook excursions through on-line journey companies like Klook, and redeem it as you disembark.
In case you’re curious, and I confirmed this with Resorts World Cruises, late passengers will actually be left behind, and their paperwork endorsed to the port agent for dealing with. So, there. Be. Again. On. Time.
LUNCH AT BANANA PIER
|OUR TOY TRAIN RIDE IN KAOHSIUNG
The primary order of enterprise upon disembarking on the port was lunch. And to get there, we rode a toy prepare.
Lunch was on the close by Banana Pier, a sixties-era port warehouse transformed right into a restaurant advanced. Our information defined the title, referring to us that the world used to import nothing however bananas to Japan. However our lunch wasn’t gonna be bananas. No sir, we’ll have seafood, thanks very a lot.
|LUNCH AT KAOHSIUNG’S BANANA PIER
We took to a banquet corridor on the second ground with spherical tables full with a lazy susans typical of Chinese language eating places. And shortly it was stuffed by plates of fish roes, seaweeds, strips of Hainanese rooster, shrimp noodles, mushroom rooster soup, veggies, breaded pork cutlets, and the perfect one for me, spicy Szechuan shrimp. All these have been paired with Taiwanese sticky rice combined with dried shrimp, lotus roots, and seeds. Scrumptious.
|THIS ROUND’S WINNER IS THE SZECHUAN SHRIMP
Every dish is ready on a big plate which is shared to everybody on the desk. Since we’re touring as one large group, there’s no downside in sharing the meals inside ourselves. If you happen to’re touring as a pair or as a household, you possibly can truly request to be seated individually and also you’ll be served the identical dishes proportionate to your group measurement.
|CUTE SNOOPY FERRY TO CIJIN ISLAND
A Snoopy-themed ferry carried us to our first vacation spot, Cijin Island. The experience took about one track lengthy, and we have been quickly disembarking on a sleepy city. It in some way jogged my memory of the Korean collection, Hometown Cha Cha Cha. It simply has that gradual and chill vibe that just about everybody was telling everybody how they want to keep in a single day and expertise Cijin for an prolonged time period.
|CIJIN ISLAND’S CUTE CATBUS BIKE FOR TOURIST | CIJIN ISLAND FENCE
|THE BEAUTIFUL CIJIN FERRY PORT
|HIKING UP TO CIHOU MOUNTAIN
And shortly, we have been all heading in the direction of the hill the place the l noticed the lighthouse earlier aboard Resorts World One. It seems, it’s not a hill, however a full-fledged mountain, Cihou Mountain to be actual. And constructed round it are ramped pathways that make climbing it a breeze.
|THE KAOHSIUNG LIGHTHOUSE OR CIHOU LIGHTHOUSE
The Cihou Lighthouse or Kaohsiung Lighthouse stands on the mountain’s peak. And being situated on such, the tower itself shouldn’t be that top, being solely about 15.2 meters tall. It was constructed by the Chinese language in 1883 and was renovated by the Japanese in 1916 when Taiwan was beneath the dependency of Japan, including the octagonal tower it now stands on.
|A CAFE ON TOP OF CIHOU MOUNTAIN OVERLOOKING THE CITY
The construction beneath the tower has now been transformed right into a museum and a café—Shoreline Espresso & Roasters, which has al fresco seats that overlooks Cijin Island.
|THE CIHOU LIGTHOUSE IS ONE OF KAOHSIUNG’S ICON
From the world across the lighthouse one can see the entire of Kaohsiung Harbor and the jumble of homes alongside Cijin Island. Northwards, we noticed locals spending their afternoon on the close by Cijin Seashore.
|REMNANTS OF CIHOU FORT ON TOP OF CIHOU MOUNTAIN
On the south aspect of Cihou Mountain lies the ruins of Cihou Fort. This was the doorway to the mountain, which was first fortified in 1720 by the Qing Empire, and modernized in 1874 as coastal protection in opposition to the Japanese.
|CIHOU FORT IS ALSO KNOWN AS CIHOU BATTERY
|A VIEW OF CIJIN FROM CIHOU FORT
There’s not a lot to see now, aside from hollowed-out halls and the principle gate, however the view from the highest of the ruins of the encircling space is breathtaking.
|CIJIN BLACK SAND BEACH
And proper on the foot of Cihou Mountain, our path crossed with Cijin Islands’ black sand seashore. The seashore’s grayish black sand is extra paying homage to these in Batangas than say, true black sand seashores like on the Vigan Mindoro Seashore.
|CIJIN MARKER ALONG THE BEACH
We noticed a whole lot of locals alongside the shore and the shallower components of the water. Swimming, it appears, isn’t actually beneficial on these components resulting from sturdy waves and rip tides. This seashore is ideal for browsing although.
|FATE/GRAND ORDER SAND SCULTURE AT CIJIN BLACK SAND TOY FESTIVAL
Whereas strolling, we chanced upon bigger than life Destiny/Grand Order anime sand sculptures alongside its very broad shore. We’re in luck, our journey coincided with the bi-annual Cijin Black Sand Toy Competition, the place gigantic sand sculptures are displayed on the seashore.
|TENTACLES OF THE HEART BY IYO KACAW
There have been additionally everlasting artwork installations alongside Cijin Seashore, just like the Tentacles Of The Coronary heart by Taiwanese artist Iyo Kacaw.
CIJIN OLD STREET
|THE CIJIN OLD STREET
In tangent to the seashore is Cijin Outdated Road. It connects the seashore straight by way of to Cijin Port, and thru all 4 hundred meters of this are road meals stalls and eating places. One of the best meals to attempt are, in fact, seafood. A giant serving to of bao bing or shaved ice dessert can be refreshing, particularly after mountain climbing up Cihou Mountain.
|STREET FOOD AT CIJIN OLD STREET
It appears all cities in Taiwan has previous streets, a few of these we visited in years previous, like Shifen Outdated Road and Jiufen Outdated Road, certainly appears previous, however Cijin’s appears to haven’t any antiquated constructions alongside its roadway.
|THE TIANHOU TEMPLE ALONG THE OLD STREET
What’s has although are previous worship homes. The road is house to Cijin Tianhou Temple, which was established in 1634, the oldest Matsu—the Goddess of Fishermen—temple in Kaohsiung. Then there’s additionally the Kî-āu Presbyterian Church, which our information mentioned was the primary Presbyterian Church in Kaohsiung.
PIER-2 ART CENTER
|OLD WAREHOUSES IN KAOHSIUNG CONVERTED TO SHOPPING HALLS
Again on mainland Kaohsiung, we began to discover the quite a few deserted warehouses alongside the port that has been superbly remodeled into buying halls, eating places, hostels, and even trendy artwork museums.
|ART MUSEUMS AT KAOHSIUNG PIER-2
It’s inspiring how they have been in a position to rework one thing as boring and drab as a port warehouse into such attention-grabbing areas, preserving the city’s id and tradition, and revitalizing it on the identical time.
|FUNNY MOSAIC OF A PEEING BOY | WAREHOUSE NO.2 SHOPPING CENTER
And alongside these space, quite a few artwork installations can be discovered, like an enormous Snoopy determine—it appears Kaohsiung has particular fondness for Charles M. Schulz’s beloved canine—robots, sculptures, mosaics, and murals.
GREAT HARBOR BRIDGE
|THE GREAT HARBOR BRIDGE
En path to our bus, we handed one other of Kaohsiung’s architectural marvel, the Nice Harbor Bridge. It spans 110 meters in immaculate white shade. The pedestrian cable-stayed bridge has a really dynamic look, maybe reflecting the fluidity and mercurial property of water.
|A LOOK AT THE BRIDGE’S CENTRAL STRUCTURE
However apart from its aesthetic, what actually makes it distinctive is its operate—it rotates horizontally, pivoting on its central tower, to let ships cross by way of the water. It’s the one certainly one of its variety in Taiwan.
VIGOR KOBO TAIWANESE CAKES
|VIGOR KOBO TAIWANSES CAKE STORE IN KAOHSIUNG
By request to our very useful information, Jose, we dropped by a retailer promoting Taiwanese pineapple desserts to carry again house as pasalubong—however not desserts as birthday desserts cake, however small bite-sized goodies that’s in style in Taiwan. And he introduced us to Vigor Kobo, one of the vital in style pineapple cake makers within the nation.
|PRICEY, BUT REALLY DELICIOUS
They provide free style for friends, and oh my goodness, every part was extraordinarily scrumptious—from the normal pineapple desserts, mung and purple bean desserts, to the tremendous delectable taro desserts. If I didn’t get to style it, I wouldn’t have purchased some, as they’re fairly dear. It’s very a lot value each New Taiwan Greenback spent although.
LIUHE NIGHT MARKET
|BUSY NIGHT AT THE LIUHE NIGHT MARKET
And eventually, as night descended, we dropped by the Liuhe Evening Market, one of many extra in style evening markets in Taiwan that dates again to the fifties. It stretches for about 300 meters lengthy.
|STREETFOOD SKEWERS GALORE
It isn’t as crowded and busy because the evening markets in Taipei, however the meals being hawked right here have been no much less attention-grabbing. There have been a lot of skewered stuff, noodles, and seafood on show, however what bought my consideration was their Taiwanese Sizzling Canine. It’s truly a mixture of Chinese language Minan sausage sandwiched by a sticky rice sausage—kinda like, a sausage wrapped by one other sausage. It’s a helpful and scrumptious snack, excellent for consuming as I explored extra meals stalls.
|UNIQUE TAIWANESE HOT DOG
And certainly, a visit to a Taiwanese metropolis wouldn’t be full with out a go to to an evening market, a becoming finish tour our eight-hour shore tour to Kaohsiung Metropolis.
~ THIS TRIP WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY RESORTS WORLD CRUISES. VIEWS & OPINIONS, ALL MINE.