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TW17: Kaohsiung Day 01

Walked down the streets in search of taiwanese breakfast and came across one that looks popular. (by popular i mean there is a queue and the shop looks kinda old)

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breakfast

The menu consists of toast that goes with many different filling such as egg, sausages, peanut etc. This explains the need to constantly produce the "base" (toast) and prepare the different filling depending on the order. The carrot cake and 鸡蛋饼 suited my taste but filled my tummy quickly so the toasts became on-the-go snacks!

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The night before, we passed by a stream of students and was wondering where they were from. Heading further down the street, we saw a building with banners promotion various tuition classes. The building directory is packed with all assortments of tuition centres with seem to suggest how competitive education is in KaoHsiung.

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It is very convenient to get around in KaoHsiung via MRT. Tickets start from 20TWD and prices are shown on the station map.

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ferry

We took to Xizihwan station where the ferry pier for Cijin island is.

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It costs 40TWD one way to get to Cijin island. Do prepare exact amount as there will be no change available.

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If you look up Cijin island on google maps, you will see that is a long island that is a stone throw away from the main island.

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Motorcycles and bicycles are also ferried across and there will be people persuading you to rent their vehicles right outside the MRT station. It seems like they offer a better rate than what is available at Cijin island.

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There are game stalls alongside the food vendors offering you old-school childhood games.

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Right before the food street, there is a Tien Hou temple.

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With a scorching summer in Taiwan, there are tons of drinks stalls waiting to earn your money. This is one selling sugarcane near to the temple.

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Towards the seaside, you will be greeted with a black sand beach. The view is decent but better ones are waiting as you walk down South.

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One of the highlights is Cijin star tunnel that cuts through Cihou mountain. It is orginally used by the military and excavated during the Japanese Colonial Era.

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The next attraction is Cijin fort that offers a great place for phototaking and unobstructed view of Cijin Island.

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As you head down South, you will see people performing at the park, singing and performing japanese songs, reminding us of their colonial past.

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shop
Along the way, you will pass by a street that sells tidbits and what nots. It's interesting to see the shops selling almost similar items. making it hard to decide who to even approach first.

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The final attraction we went to is called the Rainbow church. I have no idea how its name came about for the structure does not reflect the intent. It offers a nice seaview as the background but you need to join the queue and wait patiently for your turn. Interesting, between 4-6.30pm daily, it is reserved for wedding photo shoots!

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We dropped by a local noodles shop for lunch as majority of the shops are selling seafood which means $$$$. Try guess what is stored in that metal container box at the shop! Totally mindblowing setup for something really simple (edible).

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Along the way, a cleaner was spotted with his dustbin leashed to his pants. The bin follows him wherever he goes and demonstrates his creativity well!

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The next stop after leaving Cijin island is the Museum of Fine Arts. Just take note that places/shops in Taiwan have their rest days on different days and it is good to find out during your itinerary planning. At the MFA, there are many interesting exhibitions on display and would definitely recommend visiting if you are keen on the history and works by famous local people.

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Another place to check out is the Pier 2 Arts center. It is an area of old warehouses that are transformed into modern day shops, with their exterior becoming art paintings. You should try to catch it before sunset to capture nice photos.

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This is Formosa Boulevard MRT station that brings you to 六合 night market. It has a "Dome of Light" art installation by Italian artist, Narcissus Quagliata. Very impressive and intriguing just standing there to appreciate the entire installation.

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Taiwan is famous for its night market and serves many purpose during their early days. Couples would go there for dating and buy some necessities that are lacking at home. It is also where you are find delicious street food and eat to your hearts' content!

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My favourite smelly tofu, detectable by its smelly from a distance away.

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I am amused by the extent that the stall owners go to be special. This is fire torch rapid meat roasting. 0.0

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The last dish for the day is local iced dessert and there is no better way to eat it than the local way! Sitting right at the front of the stall itself and having dessert was a pleasant experience.

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We also tried our hands at this "make the beer bottle stand" game that is simple yet extremely challenging. I like how the uncle made it look so simple, making me feel ashamed whenever I failed to do it right.