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The city of Kaohsiung is located in the southern Taiwan facing Taiwan Strait on its west and Bashi Channel on its south. This second largest city in Taiwan is the center for the heavy and petrochemical industries. In the past few years, the city has managed to change its image from gloomy industrial city to modern urban landscape. Every traveler is advised to grab the opportunity to view sunset from the Old British Consulate. Catch a ferry to Cijin Island, the best place to eat fresh seafood in Kaohsiung. The island also has a nice and clean beach, which is ideal for swimming. Spend a romantic evening on the banks of the Love River which is lined with open-air cafes, restaurants, and parks. Other places worth visiting include the Yuanheng Temple (Buddhist Monastery), Martyr's Shrine (fine example of classical Chinese architecture), Fine Arts Museum, Museum of History, Lotus Pond, and more.
The British Consulate
The British Consulate, constructed in the year 1879, is a British style building. With sea in front and a mountain in the back, the building is situated next to Shaochuantou Wharf. It was the first consulate set up in Taiwan by the British Government. The consulate is the oldest surviving modern western building in Taiwan. The consulate, consul's residence, and a hiking trail leading to the mountain have been preserved completely. Do not miss to view mesmerizing sunset from here!Martyrs' Shrine
The Martyrs' Shrine in Kaohsiung was originally constructed as the Japanese "Takao Kotohira Shrine". Surrounded by ancient pines, the environment of the shrine is quiet, peaceful, and full of greenery. Due to its peaceful environment and the scenic beauty, the Martyrs' Shrine has become the most favored place for tourists!Holy Rosary Cathedral Minor Basilica
The Holy Rosary Cathedral Minor Basilica is the largest Catholic Church in Taiwan. It was established in the year 1859. The architecture of the basilica resembles the style of European Gothic churches with a little bit of Roman style at several places. The Holy Rosary Cathedral Minor Basilica was voted as the number one amongst the Taiwanese 100 Scenic Spot items of Architecture (2001).