LotusLake is located in Zuoying district of Kaohsiung city. The lake has an area of approximately 75 hectares. Lotus flowers were planted in the pond for decoration. The lotus flowers bloom every summer and the refreshing fragrance has given it the name “Lotus Lake.” On the west side of the pond from north to south is the Confucius Temple, Ciming Temple, Spring and Autumn Pagodas, Wuli Arbor, as well as the Dragon Tiger Tower. The solemn Confucius Temple is located further north. The other locations are clustered together in the south. The bridges, pagodas, towers, and bright colors make Lotus Lake a vibrant, renowned destination in Zuoying, especially for those interested in visiting temples.
Watching the sunset over Xizi Bay (Xiziwan) is one of the highlights of Kaohsiung. At dusk, people gather along the stone railing beside the sea to get a good view of the sunset. As night falls, couples can be found in the gaps between the railings. These gaps in the railings are referred to as “Lovers’ Caves” or “Carrot Pits,” making XiziBay a tremendously romantic place to visit. National Sun Yat-sen University is situated within the Xizi Bay Scenic Area, adding a bit more of a cultural flavor; here you will also find, in addition to the swimming beach, a salt-water aquarium, Seaside Park, and National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. The swimming beach has fine, soft sand, and a grove of stately coconut palms, filling the area with the flavor of the South Seas.
Built in 1865 during the Qing Dynasty, Former British Consulate is located on a small hilltop overlooking Xizi Bay. It was the first consulate and Western style house built by the British in Taiwan. The beautiful terrace gives it a very British appearance. Inside features a display of precious historical artifacts. The former consulate is therefore another Museum of History. Outside, the view of Xizi Bay can be seen on one side, while the other looks out over the Kaohsiung Port. It is the building that has double function, administrative, and residential function, and its style also lies in between them. It is the portrayal illustration of modern Chinese and Western cultural communication, and also the first formal consulate built by foreigners in Taiwan. The occurrence of consulate opened up the development of western architecture for Taiwan in the future.
Love River begins at Bagualiao in Kaohsiung County’s Renwu Township. It divides Kaohsiung City, into two parts. The Jianguo, Cisian and Jhongjheng Bridges connect the two sections and the river flows directly into the sea. Love River had originally been a shallow creek, which could only be crossed by ferry. During the Japanese Colonial era it was dredged into a canal and named The Kaohsiung River. This was the first time the river had been given an official name.In 1948, Love River Boat Company was opened near the Jhongjheng Bridge. The “Love Boats,” gracefully floating up and down the Love River are central to Kaohsiung’s developing tourism and one of the best ways to see the city. The beautiful bike routes and beautiful lakeside landscape here have become a quality leisure space for all in Kaohsiung. At night, the magnificent lights look like a diamond necklace, sparkling in the night.
After sunset, Liuhe Tourist Night Market becomes one of Kaohsiung’s liveliest nightspots. In the daytime, Liuhe 2nd Road is a major traffic throughway, however around 6 pm it transforms into a popular place to enjoy Taiwanese snacks. You can also buy a variety of products here. Vendors at Liuhe Night Market exhibit traditional maritime friendliness. This night market is a popular tourist-shopping place and is always busy from dusk to early dawn. In 2005, Kaohsiung City Government installed a new Tourist Information Center and public restrooms. Tourists can also enjoy local and foreign street performers here. It also features a variety of low priced snacks and a comfortable and safe dining atmosphere.
Qijin is a long slender island known as Qihou in earlier times. The Lilliputian island has numerous visitor attractions and is today accessible by both ferry and car. Tianhou Temple on Miaoqian Road is a grade two historic site dating back 300 years. There are also rickshaws with drivers decked out in Tang dynasty attire. Qijin Old Street is lined with restaurants selling fresh and budget-friendly seafood alfresco style.