Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Thu Nov 4, 2010 9:22pm EDT
 
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By Ben Blanchard

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (Reuters Life!) - Taiwan's second city of Kaohsiung is rapidly transforming itself into a post-industrial, environmentally-responsible tourist hub, and a gateway to the island's lush and under-explored south.

While Kaohsiung's attractions may not immediately be obvious, it is a center of traditional Taiwanese culture.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of the city, one of the world's busiest ports.

FRIDAY

5 p.m. - Kaohsiung's Love River was once far from lovely; thankfully those days are long gone. It has been transformed into a lively and very green park, with dedicated cycle paths, open-air art performances and chilled-out cafes where you can watch the sun go down with a cold Taiwan Beer. (City Council MRT station)

7 p.m. - Dinner at Old Song's Beef Noodles, just round the corner from Love River park. Boss Mr. Lin proudly says that he only uses the highest quality Taiwanese beef, and has a special recipe for the tangy soup base. (32 Wufu 4th Rd).

9 p.m. - The less than snappily named Wufu 4th Rd is Kaohsiung's original bar district, sitting right next to the city's harbor. While the port's fortunes may have foundered in the face of competition from China, the pubs are still there, catering to a mixed bag of European sailors and U.S. businessmen. Not glamorous, yet fun nonetheless. (Yanchengpu MRT station)

SATURDAY   Continued...

 
<p>An aerial view of Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan August 27, 2009. Kaohsiung is Taiwan's second largest city and one of the world's busiest ports. REUTERS/Nicky Loh</p>