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Kao-hsiung - A travel report by Stephanie
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English Teacher in Taiwan

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As I write this I am working and residing in Kaohsiung, the 2nd largest city in Taiwan and 3rd largest shipping port in the world. The city has a nice layout with broad palm tree-lined boulevards, great outdoor cafes, street markets, decent clubs. I recommend spring or fall as the best times to visit, as in the summer the heat & humidity can become unbearable, and in winter months the air pollution skyrockets.

Favourite spots:
Monkey Mountain to see the 1000+ wild macaques and get a great view of the city, sunsets at the Sun Yat-Sen University breakwater, the Cultural Centre for free outdoor events, Chichin Island for the black sand beaches and fresh seafood.

What's really great:
My favourite thing about this place is how helpful the locals are. Also, there's just the sheer convenience. If you need to eat, shop, go to the internet cafe, hop on a bus to anywhere on the island etc. etc. it's all available at any hour.

Voodoo lounge, nice atmospere, spacious, good seating.

Bar 65 for the fabulously hospitable owner John and the laid back friendly vibe.

Hotpot restaurants all over, Thai restaurant in Fuhong Alley, seafood restaurant just before Sun Yat-Sen University, Smokey Joe's for American grub.

Other recommendations:
Maolin up north in the mountains for hot springs and waterfalls, Kenting in the south for sun, sand and surf.

Published on Wednesday April 9th, 2003

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