It was a wonderful, sunny day. Jv & I have always pictured ourselves traveling to Taiwan and it was finally happening. It was our very first travel adventure. The thought of us sharing so many firsts in this trip thrilled us the most. Our itinerary started in Kaohsiung, the southern part of Taiwan. From Taoyuan, we traveled to Hsinchu and took the bullet train to Kaohsiung.
Here's the funny thing, Jv & I were both a fan of Taiwanese TV series "Meteor Garden" way back in 2003, one of the primary reasons why we chose Taiwan as our first travel destination abroad. We were both crazy about F4. Oh boy, college days memories. Lol. From then on, we followed almost all their TV series.
Vic Zhou's "Black & White" made us go to Kaohsiung.
We finally arrived at Zuoying THSR. Zuoying is a train station in Kaohsiung. We were stunned at how big & clean this station was. Well, what's funny is that we don't have anything to compare it with as it was our first time riding the bullet train. I remember getting lost while trying to find our way to Kaohsiung Backpacker's Hostel. It was a good thing, because we were able to find the "Dome of Light" which can be found inside the Formosa Boulevard Station. I got curious about this glass work when I saw it on one of the episodes of "Black & White".
It was a beautiful glass work! It is also the largest in the world. Magnificent!
It was a very tiring day, glad we finally found our hostel. Kaohsiung Backpacker's Hostel is very clean, cozy & affordable. At 1,800 NTD a night for a private room, it wasn't bad at all. Bikes are also available for rent at an additional cost. We were so tired and starving! We couldn't wait to try some taiwanese food. We headed to Central Park Station and we spotted another tourist spot inside the station. It was also one of the scenes on "Black & White" while Vic Zhuo and a fellow cop was chasing down a criminal.
There were some artificial grass & flowers line the stairs and elevators which will lead you down to the platform. It was designed by a British architect. Just wow.
Time to eat. The name of the restaurant is 100. We met a friend and his colleagues at this restaurant. He's Taiwanese and he recommended this restaurant. Sumptuous dinner. Couldn't wait to dig in! After dinner, we went to another tourist spot in Kaohsiung, the famous "Love River". Literally you can find lovers everywhere. That added to the romantic vibe. The river was clean and like I said..romantic. Bring your significant other and you will never regret. :) Last stop before we called it a day, Kaohsiung Movie Archives located at the river side of Love River. I found the poster of Black & White TV series! Yey! The locals said this show has totally increased tourism in Kaohsiung.
Vic Zhuo eh? I'm such a big fan :)
After a super long day, finally getting a sleep. The bed looked totally inviting. On our 2nd day in Kaohsiung, we headed to Kaohsiung Martyr's shrine. This shrine is also good at night time. It's not as touristy as we expected it to be so it was really nice to take photos here. Our taiwanese friends served as our tour guide here. We went by car. Next stop: Lotus Pond. It is surrounded by Dragons & Pagodas. The entrance to this structure is incredibly cute! The price that we had to pay for not getting enough exercise, we got exhausted from climbing up the stairs. But it was worth it! Lotus pond is huge and there are many temples surrounding it. We've got this shrine all to ourselves. We enjoyed our time in this temple. Weekdays are really the best time to visit. On our way to Cijin Island, we went passed by a pier where private yachts were docked. I don't know about you but I have a thing with piers. This is why I really love Kaohsiung City. Piers are everywhere. There's even a Love Pier near Love River that I didn't get the chance to take a photo at. These are the rates to the ferry that took us to Cijin Island. It only took us about 15 minutes to get to Cijin Island. There are many local people who live in this island. They usually bring their bikes into the ferry so they can get to Kaohsiung. Couldn't wait to see the lighthouse. Finally reached the lighthouse. Cijin Island used to be a hide out place by the Japanese during World War II. So much history. Kaohsiung is surrounded by bodies of water. It really feels like home here. Spotted a beach. I'm just not sure if it's safe to swim here. The view is just breathtaking! This is a great retirement place 😊 This tunnel was used by the Japanese during World War II. At night, we met with other 2 taiwanese friends and we went back to Kaohsiung Martyrs Shrine. There were many people, mostly lovers when we got back there. Such a romantic night. View from the top. Kaohsiung at night. Breathtaking! I ❤ Kaohsiung!
Paste it somewhere!