Private Transfer: From Kaohsiung - A Sacred Conversation

Activity No. 165, Songzhu 5th Rd, Beitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 406 Published on: 16-07-2016

09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
First-time visit
Private
Car Rental
HSR Kaohsiung Station / Hotels in Kaohsiung City / Kaohsiung Port / TRA Kaohsiung Station / Kaohsiung Airport
Highlight of the city
Activity
Transfers
34.00 - 129.00 USD

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Kaohsiung is so much more than simply the second largest city in Taiwan. It’s a place of traditions rooted in the love of the people; it’s also an urban revival itself. This modern metropolis is the gateway to the laid back coastal culture of southern Taiwan, and a visit here is always full of surprises. It’s truly a tropical city with warm balmy weather tempered by sea breezes as well as fantastic beaches. Are you ready for the heat and hype of Taiwanese summer? Now join us on a one-day tour to Kaohsiung! A pleasant lakeside tour of Lotus Pond will surely impress you with its colorful variety of Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian temples. We will also explore the temples of Kaohsiung to learn how important the role of religion is in everyday life on a visit to one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the world — Fo Guang Shan, a temple built brick by brick by monks and surrounded by 480 small golden painted Buddha statues that create a solemn scene as a whole. Today, it’s the most popular Buddhist organization and most prestigious shrine in Taiwan. For lunch, we will stuff our tummies nice and full with lots of yummy vegetarian goodies. Now, now. I know what you’re thinking: “Who on earth would like to have those bland and boring food?” Don’t jump to any conclusions before you try it yourself. The vegetarian fare served here is insanely delicious and satisfying. After the lunch, we will then head to the Pier-2 Art Center, a mecca for art enthusiasts all around the island as it hosts a wealth of exhibitions and gigs of all sorts. After the cultural part of the tour, we will hop on a ferry to cross the harbor to Cijin Island for a relaxing afternoon of seafood and beach fun. Before the sun goes down, a stop at Martyrs' Shrine offering panoramic views overlooking the giant Kaohsiung metropolitan area towards the south-west is the perfect way to finish off a day filled with impressions and pleasant surprises.

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Why Private Transfer: From Kaohsiung - A Sacred Conversation is special ?

ITINERARY
  • 09:00 pick up
  • 09:30 Lotus Pond
  • 11:00 Fo Guang Shan
  • 14:30 Pier-2 Art Center
  • 15:30 Cijin
  • 17:30 Kaohsiung Martyrs' Shrine
  • 18:00 drop off

What to explore at Private Transfer: From Kaohsiung - A Sacred Conversation?

09:00 pick up

09:30 Lotus Pond

- The Lotus Pond is the largest pond in Zuoying district in Kaohsiung. The name might mislead you, but the size of the pond is 42 hectares. It sits between two mountains and the water is from Kaoping River. The pond is famous for the sunset view with the reflection of the mountain in the pond.

- This pond was not this large three hundred years ago. In 1686, a mayor built a temple next to the pond and planted a lot of lotus flowers in the pond. This is how it got the name. After two expansions, this pond is important not only for the view, but also for the irrigation of the farm around it. In 2004, our government built the project “Lighting up the pond”. Combining with the bicycle pond circling route, it truly became a beautiful attraction day and night.

- The most interesting thing about the pond is that there are more than twenty temples worshiping different deities around the lake. The four most representative ones are Confucius temple, Chunqiou hall, Dragon & Tiger Towers, and Pavilion of the North Pole. The legend has it that the Guanyin on the Dragon statues was one of the miracles of Guanyin people saw in the sky. The Pavilion of the North Pole worships Xuanwu god. The statue is seventy two meters tall and it is one of the tallest buildings on the lake in south-east Asia.

11:00 Fo Guang Shan

- Fo Guang Shan is located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung City. ‘Fo Guan’ means the light of Buddha. It is Taiwan's largest Buddhist temple area, which is founded by Master Hsingyun. He advocated the "Humanistic Buddhism", hoping to bring the peace and love to the real world, not after life (which is quite debatable). He led his following monks to build the temple brick by brick initially from 1967. Later on, under many disciples’ support, Fo Guang Shan became the most popular Buddhism organization and the most prestigious shrine in Taiwan. However, due to many years of frequent visit of disciples, it was closed in 1997 to ease the disturbance to the practicing of monks. They only open shortly during Chinese New Year. Fo Guang Shan later on upgraded the facility to promote tourism in the southern region in Taiwan and reopen to public from the New Year's Day in 2001. Except Monday, Fo Guang Shan open to public every day. 

- In addition to the main temple building, the most characteristic building in Fo Guang Shan is the Buddha City design. The city is surrounded by 480 small golden painted Buddha statues, creating a solemn scene. In addition, Buddhism relics exhibition hall collects thousands of pieces of heritages around the world. It’s worth visiting indeed. The busiest season of Fo Guang Shan is during the Lunar New Year to the Lantern Festival. The mountain is covered with lanterns, becoming a sea of lights at night. You can seize this opportunity to visit the lantern Fo Guang Shan.

14:30 Pier-2 Art Center

- Old warehouses are turning into new age art centers around the world. They were usually huge in space and the surrounding is good for art design for they were abandoned for a long time. This quality keeps the elements original for creating new art forms. At Kaohsiung Harbor pier 2, collision is a driving force.

- The slogan of The Pier-2 Art Center clearly defines the character of the area. The buildings were built in 1973. It was deserted after sometime and was revived in 2002 by the government and local artists. They built the area with the goal of introducing art forms of being forefront, experimental, and creative. There are usually a dozen of exhibitions, activities, and festivals going on. Furthermore, there are local art saloons and studios with artists creating on the spots and some are willing to interact with visitors. If you are an indie rock lovers, you find the right place! There are performances here every weekend. The success also brings big names such as Pasadena International Group to open a restaurant here. The restaurant also provides meal sets with guided tours to walk you around the neighborhood. The famous Rhythm & Hues Studios who creates the visual special effects in “The Lord of the Ring” and “Life of Pi” also set a branch here.

- Get your cameras ready, put on your sneakers and let’s have a journey full of surprises and fun!

15:30 Cijin

- Harbor area is always charming. Seafood and sunset make people wonder. Cijin is a delightful area as it is. The long and stretching sandbank was formed since hundreds of years ago and the official district of the area was dated since 1673, with the first Mazu temple established here. In 1862, this area was the most prosperous area in Kaohsiung with business booming on the island. Thousands of ships sailed in and out for goods and treasures. Originally, this was a peninsula with one end connecting to Kaohsiung. In order to allow an easy access to Kaohsiung, the southern link was excavated to allow ships to get through. However, this heavily reduced convenience of the Cijin habitants. Later on, the government built an under water tunnel and finally greatly improved the traffic for them.

- What we can best travel this area is to live like a local. Rent a bike/scooter in Kaohsiung near National Sun Yat-sen University, ride on a ferry, and sail along to Cijin with the company of dozens of ships. Having seafood in Cijin is the most appealing thing you shouldn’t miss when visiting Kaohsiung City. How to order dishes? You can find fishes and crabs swimming in aquarium. Only you have to do is pointing the fish you want, wait for a waitress weighting it, and sit down to enjoy the dish afterward. It is fresh! After lunch, enjoy the wonderful beach time, take a stroll to the lighthouse, historical sites, and the beach park to enjoy the ocean view. After visiting the Mazu temple, you can feast at the night market for lamb hotpot and many other cuisines. Then, it’s time to take the ferry home again with the beautiful reflections of lights on ships and stores accompanying you. What are you waiting for?

17:30 Kaohsiung Martyrs' Shrine

18:00 drop off


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  • Transportation (fuel, parking, and toll fee) / Passenger insurance / Tax

Exclusion

  • Meals / Entrance fees / Train tickets

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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
708.26 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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No. 165, Songzhu 5th Rd, Beitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 406

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HSR Kaohsiung Station / Hotels in Kaohsiung City / Kaohsiung Port / TRA Kaohsiung Station / Kaohsiung Airport

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Private Transfer: From Kaohsiung - A Sacred Conversation serves Private tour.

  • Private tour

    (1 - 1 participants.)

    129.00 USD
  • Private tour

    (2 - 2 participants.)

    66.00 USD
  • Private tour

    (3 - 3 participants.)

    45.00 USD
  • Private tour

    (4 - 4 participants.)

    34.00 USD

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