Southern Taiwan International Spotlight: Charming Kaohsiung

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Southern Taiwan international spotlight, consisted of local cuisine, historical monuments and the ocean, is presenting the authentic local culture to international tourists through different themed tours such as God of Matchmaker Tour and God of Literature Tour

The beauty of Taiwan, in addition to its people, travelers can find in every corner of the streets around the island. The nostalgic historical spots, old streets, aesthetics in lifestyles and the old-fashioned village cultures will move visitors' emotions and senses. Lately, the international spotlight tourism planning in Taiwan is rediscovering the diversities from different districts of the island for tourists to fully experience the warmth of the people and Taiwan’s unique culture.

Southern Taiwan international spotlight, consisted of local cuisine, historical monuments and the ocean, is presenting the authentic local culture to international tourists through different themed tours such as God of Matchmaker Tour and God of Literature Tour. Located in Tainan city, the Ten Drum Culture Village is under the management of Ten Drum Art Percussion Group since 2005. Based in the century-old Tainan Rende Sugar Refinery with its unique music rooted in native Taiwanese culture and history, the Ten Drum became the first international art village in Asia for drumming. Not only can visitors immerse themselves in the drumming culture, they can also experience an actual drumming session in classes. Visitors can also enjoy a ride on the historical train and get a taste of the transportation back in the day.

Traveling southbound, you will find the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. Located in Dashu Township, Fo Guang Shan is the most prominent landmark of the region with the most Buddhist followers. In addition to its architectural features, the most unique characteristic is the main square. It's surrounded by 480 standing Buddha statues with water and mountains forming a majestic scenery. The peak season to visit Fo Guang Shan is between Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival, when there are magnificent waves of lights displayed around the temple after dark. Tourists will be able to seize the opportunity to enjoy the festive event at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery.

The beautiful modern city, Kaohsiung, is a must-see in the region. Kaohsiung is gradually transforming into an art and cultural center of Southern Taiwan, where the thriving Pier-2 Art Center can be found with amazing creative energy and inspiration enriching every soul with unlimited imagination. By riding the Kaohsiung City MRT public bikes, visitors can fully enjoy the skyline scenic view of the West Site Harbor Line along the bike path. Picturesque scenic spots and fabulous art works are everywhere in public spaces. The lifelike wax figures in the former British Consular Residence at Dagou vividly portrayed the historical events. It is also the best viewing spot for sunset view of Xizi Bay (aka Sizihwan).

Surrounded by the ocean, the nearby Qijin Island has numerous visitor attractions, such as Qihou Battery, Tianhou Temple at Qijin and Qihou Lighthouse. There are two choices of transportation from Kaohsiung to Qijin, either by ferry from the harbor or by car through the Cross Harbor Tunnel. Visitors may enjoy the rich variety of fresh seafood from Qijin Port, the grand skyline view of Kaohsiung City and harbor overlooking from 85-story Tuntex Sky Tower, or a joyride along the Qijin Oceanview Bike Path, relaxing with sea breeze and forget about the busy mundane life.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Pass (THSR PASS) is an integrated pass connecting major public transportation networks in Taiwan and takes visitors to most tourist attractions around the island. One pass makes roaming around Taiwan so easy and carefree. Coming to Kaohsiung with THSR pass, travelers get to experience nature, eco-tours, delicious cuisines, and diversities of ethnic cultures. It is also a shopping heaven with the biggest shopping mall and the most famous tourist night market in Taiwan. With its well-rounded tourism resources, it’s certainly worth traveling in depth! For general tourism information about Southern Taiwan, please visit http://www.nanspot.tw

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