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February 2, 2017 – Today’s the day for Kaohsiung and we finally gave into taking a bus because of its cheaper cost. Also, we wanted to take things slow and cover more grounds as usual. Taking a bus seems to be adventurous and scenic in a way. The four-hour journey may seem a bit long but having a jolly companion by your side makes the journey shorter.

At Taipei Bus Station

At Taipei Bus Station

map-point 12 PM Taipei Bus Station

My Boo and I checked out around 11 am at Heybear Capsule Hotel and proceeded to Taipei Bus Station via Taipei Metro and it cost us NTD16/person. When we reached Taipei Bus station we hurriedly looked for Ubus counter and bought two tickets to the next 1610 bus right away.  The tickets set us back around NTD470 each.

Bus Ticket

UBus Ticket to Kaohsiung

We bought the 1 PM trip so we can have time to eat but later on we decided on getting a takeaway. We chose MOS burger for lunch and grabbed the meal package for NTD330 per set. The set comes with 2 burgers, chicken nuggets, fries and 2 large drink and it comes with a limited edition bag.

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Mos Burger inside Taipei Bus Station

Menu

MOS Burger Menu

We’re pretty much used to MOS Burger so we get the usual fish fillet and beef yakiniku rice burger.

Lunch

Quick brunch inside Ubus

map-point 5 PM Arrival in Kaohsiung

The whole trip takes us a little over 4 hours, we arrived in Kaohsiung few minutes past 5 PM.  We alighted at Jhongshan 1st Road and this stop is just a stone throw away to Kaohsiung Metro Train which is very convenient. However, we have 2 big luggage and so we flagged down a taxi to our hotel instead of the cheaper Metro and it set us back around NTD150 for a 15 minutes ride.

This is where you alight in Kaohsiung

This is where you alight in Kaohsiung

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View from Kaohsiung Station

map-point 530 PM Grand Hilai Hotel

The main reason why we visited Kaohsiung is to use an old reservation in Grand HiLai Hotel I made a few years back. I booked this 5-star hotel for the Hello Kitty suite room back in the days. Sadly, they removed the themed suite a year ago and so we just settled for the Deluxe room that comes with buffet breakfast for two instead. After settling in, we freshened up a little bit and hit the road for Liuhe Night Market.

We checked-in first at Grand Hilai before we proceed to Liuhe Night Market

Our room in Grand HiLai

map-point 630 PM Off to Central Park

Kaohsiung is like Busan of South Korea and Cebu of The Philippines. Taipei is, of course, the Seoul and Manila if I were to compare this with the neighboring country. Kaohsiung just like Busan is a massive port city in Taiwan. Sadly, we only have few hours to spare and missed most of its places of interest. As Taiwan is known for its Night market, we visited the biggest in Kaohsiung. Along the way, we spotted several spots for photos and take quite a few shots.

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One of the Colorful buildings along Central Park

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There’s plenty of bear statue here and since I’m a certified citizen of the world I have to take this spot.

From Grand Hilai we walked towards Central Park Station for 15 minutes about 1KM. It’s quite a long stretch but we find it amusing with all the lights and local passerby. On the way to Central Park, We find a little noodle diner with people lining up for it and so we give it a try. There are different kind of rice noodles and side dishes. There’s also a nearby Gong Cha where I purchase Lemon and Wintermelon Tea. This dinner set cost us NTD120 and NTD80 for the 2 GongCha drinks.

Dinner at Kaohsiung

Dinner at Kaohsiung

map-point 7 PM Liuhe Night Market

From Central Park, we take a metro down to Liuhe Night Market for NTD15 via Formosa Boulevard Station. If you’re up for sea foods and food in general hit this market but if you love to shop for items of clothing and accessories still I suggest Shilin Night Market. Enjoy the photos below as much as I enjoy roaming this touristy market.

Lithe Night Market

Crowded & Yes Touristy

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Aside from Seafoods and streetfoods, you can buy several local grown tea here.

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map-point 9 PM Dome of Light

My Boo and I are in awe of the world’s largest glass art which is known as the Dome of Light. This stunning glass art was designed by Narcissus Quagliata to commemorates Taiwan’s democracy. It’s free and accessible through the Formosa Boulevard station. Some say that there’s nothing spectacular about it except that it’s colorful and made of glass, but what makes this special is that its a way of life for Kaohsiung as they really work hard to make several stations prettier than the regular ones. It’s hard to find train station with such great details and to think it’s free to the public is something outstanding.

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map-point 11 PM Grand Hilai

Around 11 PM we decided to go back to the Hotel and wait for my birthday with a little sakura beer at hand. But before we call it a night we take several photos with snoopy and the gang,

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The Birthday girl is happy ^_^

How to Get to Liuhe Night Market & Dome of Light?

ship-carBy Kaohsiung Metro. Just take the Red Line and alight at Formosan Station and take exit 11.  You can also find the Dome of Light here so it is like hitting two birds in one stone ^_^

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  • Conversion as per exchange we had at NAIA. NTD1 to Php1.75.
  • You can swipe/scroll the table to see Note if you have a small screen.
DETAILS CATEGORY NTD PHP NOTE
Heybear to TBS

Ubus1610

Kaohsiung to Grand Hilai

Local Train RT Liuhe

TRANSPO

NT$32

NT$940

NT$150

NT$60

₱56

₱1,645

₱262.50

₱105

16/Per Person

470/Per Person

75/Per Person

30/Person

Lunch FOOD NT$330 ₱577.50 165/Per Person
Dinner FOOD NT$200 ₱432.25 100/Person
Total Expenses for 2 NT$1,712 ₱2,996 Per Couple
Per Person Expenses NT$856 ₱1,498 Per Person

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