A (nearly) wonderful weekend in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung in English

(Für die Deutsche Zusammenfassung bitte nach unten scrollen)

Last weekend i spend a (nearly) wonderful weekend in Kaohsiung. That city is in the south of Taichung in Taiwan. You can reach it from Taichung by bus or train (the train comes from Taipei via Taichung to Kaohsiung). With bus the trip takes around 2,5 hours. By high speed train one can make it in 40 minutes from one high speed train station to the other.

But why was my weekend only nearly wonderful? Well it is not because of Kaohsiung – that is a really wonderful city! It is not because of the hostel – that was awesome! No, it was because of a personal problem I have… Saturday night I got a small headache that developed into a huge, ugly headache over the night. On Sunday we were supposed to spend a whole day of doing wonderful stuff in Kaohsiung. Instead I stayed in bed in the hostel until check out. Then I decided that I want to go back to my dormitory in Taichung as fast as possible. After a stop in a pharmacy I went through a unconfortable MRT ride to the Kaohsiung high speed train station. There I booked a ticket and only had to wait 30 minutes for my train. The train ride itself was very comfortable (well as comfortable as it can be with a headache) and cost between 700 and 800 NTD. From the high speed train station in Taichung I could have probably taken a bus to Feng Chia area. But as sick as I felt I just took a taxi. So yes, this is the story of why my weekend was only nearly wonderful 😉 The main thing that annoys me is that on Sunday we would have visited a big event in Kaohsiung: a big lion dance competition. Well my friends still went there without me. But they couldn’t give back my ticket and that is 500 NTD spend for nothing.

Ok, enough about the bad side of my weekend. I am much better now 🙂 So let’s talk about the great things in Kaohsiung. After arriving there with the bus we went to see “Dream Mall“. That is a big shopping mall with a viewing platform and a little fun park at the top of the roof. The whole place was deserted friday afternoon. But at least the view was nice. And the shopping center was nice to see. We ate lunch at a huge food court in the basement of the mall.

Afterwards we wanted to check into our hostel to leave our stuff before continuing our visit of Kaohsiung. Our hostel was Backpacker 41. We had booked it on hostelworld.com. I can totally recommend this hostel, I loved it. You can walk there from MRT stop “Sanduo Shopping District”. It is a bit difficult to find as there is no big sign saying “Backpacker”. Instead you should look for the house number 41. The house is very clean. One has to take off shoes at the entrance. The two ladies who staffed the hostel at our stay were very nice. One of them gave us plenty of advice for our visit of Kaohsiung.

Afterwards we went to a skyscraper famous for its view of Kaohsiung. Until 2003 this had been the highest building of Taiwan, now Taipei 101 is bigger. To get to the 85 Skytower, one can walk from Sanduo Shopping District MRT station. This is the same station as the hostel. We went to the viewing platform of the tower. The view is nice, but other than at Taipei 101, one can’t go outside. So one has to watch the view through glass windows. We stayed there to watch the sunset and then bought one or two souvenirs…

Afterwards I bought a yummy Mango drink at a tea shop next to the skytower.

Our next stop on Friday evening was Love River – already the name sounds great 😉 On the way we changed at Formosa Boulevard station. This is the only station where the two lines of Kaohsiung MRT meet. This station is famous for it’s “Dome of Light”. This is a really beautiful place that attracts many people to take pictures in that setting.

At Love River we took a boat to go up and down the river a bit. Don’t expect too much of this boat trip, it is very short! Also a tour guide (or someone like that) talks the whole trip in Chinese. But it was still nice.

Our final destination for the evening was a Sushi restaurant. We had some difficulties finding the restaurant that we had found in google before. Finally we ended up in a Tuna Sushi Express. They have mainly sushi made of tuna and for example no sushi with salmon. I think the sushi was not spectacular in comparison with other places. But I love sushi, so I was happy anyways.

Saturday we visited two beaches in Kaohsiung. I will tell you about that in my next blog entry.

Kaohsiung Version in Deutsch

Mit Magalie, Leila und Julian bin ich letztes Wochenende nach Kaohsiung gefahren. Diese Stadt liegt im Süden von Taichung. Etwa 2,5 Stunden mit dem Bus oder 40 Minuten mit dem Hochgeschwindigkeitszug. Im großen und ganzen hatte ich ein tolles Wochenende. Aber es endete etwas abrupt mit schlimmen Kopfschmerzen 😦 Während die anderen drei am Sonntag einen See besichtigten und dann die “Lion Dance Competition” besuchten konnte ich mit meinem Kopfweh nicht mitkommen. Statt dessen bin ich bis zum check out im Hostel geblieben und dann schnell nach Taichung zurück gefahren. Dazu musste ich aber erst an einer Apotheke stoppen und mir Tabletten gegen Übelkeit kaufen… Natürlich hatte ich nicht daran gedacht meine Medikamente für einen Wochenendtrip mitzunehmen. Und mit Übelkeit reist es sich nicht gerade besonders gut…

Apropos Kopfweh: Nach dem Wochenende habe ich mit Freundinnen aus Taiwan über meine Kopfschmerzen gesprochen. Sie haben mich dann auf etwas hingewiesen was man in Taiwan glaubt: “Wenn man mit nassen Haaren schlafen geht bekommt man Kopfweh!” Aus Deutschland kenne ich das nicht. Hier scheint das aber weit verbreitet zu sein. Meint ihr da ist was dran? Ich hab öfters Kopfweh und schlaf auch ab und an mal mit nassen Haaren. Habe aber nie darauf geachtet ob das Kopfweh dann auftritt wenn ich mit nassen Haaren schlafe. Wäre ja eine einfache Lösung für mein Kopfweh Problem ^^ Jedenfalls dieses Wochenende hatte ich Freitag Abend mit nassen Haaren geschlafen. Samstag Abend kam das Kopfweh.

Wir haben am Freitag die “Dream Mall”, “85 Skytower” und Love River besichtigt. Auf dem Weg haben wir Formosa Boulevard MRT Station durchquert. Dort gibt es einen “Dome of Light” der ein ziemlich toller Anblick ist. Abends haben wir Sushi gegessen.

Unser Hostel hat uns super gefallen. Es war Backpacker 41. Bei der Ankunft sind wir erst daran vorbeigelaufen, weil wir nach einem großen Schild “Backpacker 41” gesucht haben. Das gibt es aber nicht. Man erkennt das Hostel aber schon ganz gut wenn man weiß nach was man sucht. Oder einfach nach der Hausnummer 41 suchen. Bevor man das Gebäude betritt muss man seine Schuhe ausziehen. Das zeigt schon, das Sauberkeit dort wichtig ist. Es gibt Mehrbettzimmer auf mehreren Stockwerken im Hostel. Wir hatten 3 Betten im 6-Bett Zimmer für Frauen. Das Zimmer für Männer sah wohl ähnlich aus. Wir hatten zu sechst eine eigene Toilette und Waschbecken. Zur Dusche mussten wir ein Stockwerk nach unten. Die zwei Mitarbeiterinnen im Hostel waren sehr freundlich und haben uns viele Tipps für unseren Aufenthalt in Kaohsiung gegeben.

Am Samstag waren wir an zwei Stränden in Kaohsiung. Darüber erzähle ich in meinem nächsten Beitrag.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. 85 Skytower is also an overcrowded and dated hotel. Did you visit the park with the tacky dragons and colors? Well, at least the mall you went to had a (Japanese) MosBurger…

    1. vena2taiwan says:

      Hi there 🙂

      Yes I heard that the Skytower is also a hotel. A Taiwanese girl at university told me that it is a good place to stay because of the great view. But we didn’t consider it and I have no idea about the prices.

      Hmmm, park with tacky dragons? I guess I haven’t seen that. Was that maybe the area around the lake in the north of Kaohsiung? Lotus Pond? My friends went there when I had my headache 😉

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