Taiwan, renowned for a reputation of city culture, hot springs and night markets, did not seem to promise me an awful lot when I was tossing around the idea of gallivanting around Taipei for an entire week.
WHAT TO DO IN TAIWAN FOR A WEEK?
And then, my friends and I decided to live la Vida local, and visit a city a little less travelled – Kaohsiung (also spelt as Gao Xiong, or Kaohsiung).
From night to day, all we did was play… I was sleepless under the dazzle of stars in Kaohsiung.
This is the 2nd largest city in Taiwan next to Taipei – it does not have a night market, shopping centre or club crammed into every available square foot of the city, but it does hide other charms. Same same but different…
An old friend of mine from my teenage days/years in Australia is a proud Taiwanese and an even prouder Kaohsiung local.
My friend Simon gave us the best local Kaohsiung experience ever.
Lucky me – I also had these two beautiful Taiwanese ladies as my local hosts:
My hosts mostly drove, but the Taiwanese typically journey to Kaohsiung by train (High Speed Rail can get you to K.S. in 1 and a half hours from Taipei train station), or get around by scooter.
Alright, enough scooting around.
This is my 5 sensory experience and what I loved about K-town.
Sense 1) TASTE
Kaohsiung offered me tasty bits of Taiwan.
… is even good when it’s from 7-11.
This wasn’t so good though. I don’t like animal genatalia!
Beef jerky, chicken sticks, fried pork with rice and even salmon was easy to find in and around restaurants and convenience stores. Even though Taiwan has its local favourites like stinky tofu and chicken gizzards, I loved that Taiwan had a lot of Japanese type options – just like Singapore.
Sense 2) (SIGHT)SEEING
It was always good to step into some culture and re-trace the history of the place.
The prettiest photos can be taken during the Lotus temple run.
Of course, we never forget to have fun!
Sense 3) I HEARD…
…About a special place, a landscape view, a fusion of east meets west.
You drive up a mountain, feel the wind blow in by the sea…
Walk down a slope and climb down stairs…
And you find yourself at Escape 41.
Sense 4) We also had a keen sense of SMELL for shopping, clubbing and cheap beer.
Clubbing pictures taken in Brickyard and Lamp.
The boys play power hour in a local Japanese Beer Garden
Sense 5) THE PERSONAL TOUCH
The people in Kaohsiung were friendly, hospitable, and some even cleared their calendar to hang out with me. I felt like royalty…
Goodnight, Kaohsiung – I hope you didn’t mind the bit of my own local flavour that I brought over.
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