Kaohsiung City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kaohsiung City

Once a small fishing village, Kaohsiung today offers plenty of activities with its beaches, cafes, and wide streets.

The city represents a surprising contrast between its ancient temples and more modern structures such as the Dream Mall. Kaohsiung is a great base for side-trips if you want to see the more rural parts of the island or explore the west coast.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kaohsiung City

1. The Cijin District

The Cijin District is an island across from the harbor. Take a ferry and relax at the beach or try one of the many snack stands or seafood restaurants.

2. The Cihou Lighthouse

The Cihou Lighthouse is an example of Baroque architecture that dates back to the late 19th century and the Qing Dynasty.

3. Fo Guang Shan and the Tianhou Temple

Fo Guang Shan is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the world. The Tianhou Temple is a 300-year-old temple where you can see folk art.

4. Shop at the Dream Mall

The Dream Mall is the largest shopping mall in Taiwan. If you get tired of shopping, hop on the Ferris wheel to see the city from above.

5. The Shoushan Monkey Mountain

You can hike on the Shoushan Monkey Mountain and observe monkeys in the wild. Some of them are not afraid to approach people and will grab snacks from you!

Where to Eat in Kaohsiung City

Head to Gang Yuan Beef Noodles for a traditional eatery experience. Boston and Pasadena French Cuisine are excellent choices for upscale dining. An affordable meal should cost NT$80, while a meal in an upscale restaurant can cost NT$500 or more.

When to visit Kaohsiung City

Kaohsiung City in May
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Kaohsiung City in May
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The weather in Kaohsiung is pleasant all year round. Temperatures are usually colder in January and February but the weather is still mild.

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How to Get to Kaohsiung City


The Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH) is located 5 miles south of the city center. A taxi from the airport to the city center will cost NT$300, or take the Mass Rapid Transit Red subway line.


Kaohsiung is connected to the Taiwan High Speed Rail. You can take the train between Taipei and Kaohsiung for NT$1,500.


Follow Expressway 1 from any of the cities located on the west coast to reach Kaohsiung.


Riding the bus is a convenient way to travel between the main cities in Taiwan. You can take the bus from Taipei to Kaohsiung for NT$530.

Airports near Kaohsiung City

Airlines serving Kaohsiung City

Air Canada
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Thai Airways
Excellent (27 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Good (239 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (81 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Excellent (19 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (41 reviews)
Vietnam Airlines
Good (9 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (7 reviews)
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VietJet Air
Mediocre (2 reviews)
Bangkok Airways
Excellent (19 reviews)
THAI Smile
Excellent (17 reviews)
Philippines AirAsia
Good (2 reviews)
Air Busan
Excellent (3 reviews)
HK Express
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Mandarin Airlines
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Where to stay in Kaohsiung City

The Grand Hi Lai Hotel is a good option if you want to be near the harbor. Consider the Mingli Hotel if you would like to be close to the Dream Mall.

Popular neighbourhoods in Kaohsiung City

Qianzhen District - this is the place to go if you want to shop; head to Dream Mall and the Kaisyuan Night Market.

Gushan District - this is where you will find the Shoushan National Nature Park and the Shoushan Zoo. The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts lies north of the park.

Cijin District - check out the Cihou lighthouse, the Seaside Park beach, the Tianhou temple, or try one of the many seafood restaurants.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kaohsiung City

Most booked hotels in Kaohsiung City

Just Sleep Kaohsiung Station
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Jen Dow International Hotel
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How to Get Around Kaohsiung City

Public Transportation

The Kaohsiung MRT subway system includes two lines that are connected to several bus stops. Fare is based on distance and starts at NT$20.


Taxis are a convenient way to get around Kaohsiung. Fare starts at NT$85 and an additional NT$30 per mile thereafter.


You will find some Avis outlets at the airport where you can rent a car for approximately NT$20,000 a day. Renting a scooter will cost you NT$400 to NT$600 a day.

The Cost of Living in Kaohsiung City

Shopping Streets

The Dream Mall and E-DA Outlet Mall are the best places to shop for clothes, accessories, and electronics. The Rueifeng and Liuhe night markets are great for souvenir hunting.

Groceries and Other

You will find Carrefour and Jason's Market Place everywhere in the city. Expect to spend NT$40 for a loaf of bread and NT$250 for a pound of ground beef.

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