Kaohsiung

We arrived in Kaohsiung early Saturday afternoon, after checking into our hotel our first stop was the British Consulate at Takao. Designed by a British architect and built in 1865, this Renaissance-style building was the first Western-style building in Kaohsiung.

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The building overlooks Kaohsiung Port and Xizhiwan Bay (hmm, that looks like two different methods of romanization).

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Inside is a dungeon maze, the low ceilings prevented me from entering:

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Next to the British Consulate is a temple:

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From this vantage point you can see the entrance to the National Sun Yat-sen University:

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Taking the road instead of the steps down:

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Next we took the Cijin Ferry from the Gushan District to Cijin Island. We didn’t wait long for the ferry, and the cost of the trip was only $10 NT one-way.

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In the background is the Tuntex Sky Tower, Kaohsiung’s 85-story skyscraper. Opened in 1997 it was Taiwan’s tallest building until the completion of Taipei 101 in 2004.

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The Cihou Battery was built during the Qing Dynasty. Completed in 1875, the site combined Chinese and Western architecture styles and housed four Armstrong cannons to protect Takao Port:

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In 1895, during an intense cannon battle between Qing forces and Japanese warships, the first two characters of the inscription “Wei Zhen Tian Nan (dominating the world)” were smashed:

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A trip to a night market for dinner:

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Genuine “Lation” cuisine

A few snapshots of the Love River during day and night:

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The Love River has undergone an extensive cleanup in recent years:

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Ouch!

A few pictures near our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Kingdom and received an excellent discount because of their partnership with the company Cathy works for.

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So the reason we were in Kaohsiung in the first place was for the wedding of one of Cathy’s classmates. The bride had to guess which out of 4 men was her husband by feeling the back of our legs blindfolded. Of course, I was called on stage:

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Pictures together:

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3 thoughts on “Kaohsiung

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