Highlights of Kaohsiung
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Approximately 4½ Hours
A 30-minute drive brings you to Kaohsiung National Stadium. Built as the main site of the 2009 World Games, the stadium features extensive use of recycled materials and is powered by solar energy. Its sinuous dragon-shaped stadium was designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Visit Lotus Lake for a closer look at Taiwan’s gift for synthesizing old and new. The pagodas, pavilions and temples all boast classical architecture, yet the oldest dates back only to 1951. Explore the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, dedicated to the God of War. The graceful Dragon and Tiger Pagodas feature interiors decorated with paintings depicting China’s 24 Obedient Sons. Completed in the 1970s, the Tzu-Chi Temple is a magnificent Taoist shrine. The interior is filled with phantasmagorical depictions of the pantheon of Taoist deities, including gods, major historic figures.. Next up is a short ferry ride to Chijin Island, with views of the city’s soaring skyline. Chijin Island is the city’s oldest district and was occupied by the Dutch in the 17th century. Seafood restaurants and small shops line the island's streets, and Chijin is also home to Taiwan’s second-oldest lighthouse (1883). More than 300 years old, the Tian Ho Temple is Kaoshiung’s oldest temple. Glimpse remnants of Western influence at the island’s Christian church. Enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs and visit the fish stalls before returning to the ship. Please note: Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of participants.