Kaohsiung may not be the sightseeing capital of Asia but there are plenty of attractions in Taiwan's second-largest city to keep most visitors looking about for at least a few days. If nothing else, the approach to skyscraper design should inspire many happy snaps.
On the flipside to the futuristic piles downtown are the quaint fishing spots of Kaohsiung which have been substantially gentrified but still retain an intriguing air of a time gone by. The Cijin district is a self-contained island just off shore and its seafood restaurants are truly in a class of their own.
Kaohsiung's fine harbor means that water activities can be enjoyed year round. Plenty of regattas and waterskiing take place but the harbor is not really suitable for swimming. All users of waterways here should be advised that the harbor is a busy commercial and heavy industrial sea port, so watch out for cargo ships.
This narrow slip of land is linked to the mainland by a series of tunnels, and some can be used by pedestrians. The entire space is packed with seafood restaurants and on a weekend, local families with their children can make Cijin a crowded place. Fresh catches are laid out and selections are cooked to order.
British Old Embassy
This lovely red brick building of the British Old Embassy overlooks the main harbor at Kaohsiung. It still operates as the current British Consulate but tours are available for visitors who want to wander through the leafy gardens and ornate hallways of this interesting slice of a time gone by.