Kaohsiung (高雄), in southern Taiwan, is a large industrial city and the main metropolis to the south of the island. The city generally has pleasant, sunny weather and is the last stop on the southern end of the Taiwan High Speed Rail. There are several fun attractions and activities in the main city itself, as well as lots of nature to enjoy in the nearby mountains.
Kaohsiung has a cheap and easy to use metro system, but usually a little walk or bus ride is required to get to tourist spots, especially outside the core of the city. There is a bicycle rental system here though, called Cbike, which is in the process of being upgraded to the YouBike system. There are bicycle stations all across the city.
Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung is the final stop on the southern end of the THSR. There are frequent trains to cities such as Taichung (42-58 minutes, NT$790) and Taipei (90 minutes, NT$1490). From Zuoying you can then take the Kaohsiung Metro into the center of Kaohsiung, such as to the main Kaohsiung Station (11 minutes, NT$25) and Formosa Boulevard Station (13 minutes, NT$25).
As well as slower local trains, there are quite frequent Limited Express services to Kaohsiung Station from cities like Tainan (35-40 minutes, NT$106) and Taichung (about 3 hours, NT$469). It’s a rather long journey on the TRA to get to Kaohsiung from Taipei (5 hours, NT$843), so most people take the Taiwan High Speed Rail.
Kaohsiung International Airport is a short metro ride from the city center. While the number of available flights is not as large as Taoyuan airport near Taipei, it has daily connections to countries such as Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. There are also domestic flights to cities like Taipei, but as they tend to be rather expensive, most people take the Taiwan High Speed Rail.
Official tourism website: khh.travel
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