12 Reasons Why Kaohsiung Should Be Your Next Destination (With Bonus Cashback Tips!)

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Kaohsiung might not be the first city to pop up in your mind when we mention ‘Taiwan’, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a visit. In fact, we are recommending this hidden gem over the oh-so-common cities of Taipei and Taichung.

Plus, we are throwing in some real nifty money-saving tips because aren’t we all ballin’ on a budget? 😉 Read on to find out more.

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Must-dos in Kaohsiung

1. Cijin Island

If you’ve seen pictures of black sand beaches and ever wondered where they can be found, Cijin Island is one such place you can do so. It is a small, narrow strip of island, accessible through a short ferry ride from Kaohsiung Harbor. Oh, and did we also mention that it is home to another instagram spot the Rainbow Church’?

Cijin Island Black Sand Beach
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Cijin Island Rainbow Church
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Cijin Island Bird's Eye View
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2. Pier 2 Art Centre

For all you art-geeks, this is one place which you could spend an entire day on. This entire district on its own is divided into areas showcasing different art exhibitions. From quirky art installations to unbelievable wall murals, it will be a feast for your eyes.

Pier 2 Art Centre Wall Mural
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Pier 2 Art Centre Art Installation
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Pier 2 Art Centre Dinosaur Structure
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3. Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

Legend says that entering from the dragon’s mouth and exiting through the tiger’s jaws reverses your fortune by turning bad luck into good luck. We think it’s worth a try!

Dragon and Tiger Pagodas Front View
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Dragon and Tiger Pagodas Side View
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Must-eats in Kaohsiung

4. Ruifeng Night Market

Of course, no trip to Taiwan will be complete without a visit (or ten) to the night markets. Ruifeng Night Market is the, if not one of the most popular ones in Kaohsiung so you really can’t give this a miss.

Fresh Seafood at Ruifeng Night Market
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Takoyaki at Ruifeng Night Market
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Grilled squid at Ruifeng Night Market
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5. Gao Xiong Po Po Shaved Ice

Nothing’s better than enjoying a bowl of shaved ice especially if you’re visiting during the hottest months of June to August. We think Gao Xiong Po Po does shaved ice the best, and with a rating of 4.5 stars on Google, many others agree with us too!

Mixed Fruit Shaved Ice at Gao Xiong Po Po Shaved Ice
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Strawberry Shaved Ice at Gao Xiong Po Po Shaved Ice
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Mango Shaved Ice at Gao Xiong Po Po Shaved Ice
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6. Pizza Rock Kaohsiung

With so much Taiwanese food, we won’t blame you if you’re craving for some Western food. Fortunately, Pizza Rock Kaohsiung serves up delectable thin-crust pizzas. Our favourite is the Salami pizza!

Peporoni Pizza at Pizza Rock Kaohsiung
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Salami Pizza at Pizza Rock Kaohsiung
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Close up of pizza at Pizza Rock Kaohsiung
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Must-sees in Kaohsiung

7. Ciaotou Flower Farm

The first on our list is definitely for the ‘gram. With flowers in full bloom during November-December, this is the place to go if you want to make your friends green with envy with your #nofilter shots.

Row of warm-toned flowers at Ciaotou Flower Farm
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Row of flowers at Ciaotou Flower Farm
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Row of white and orange flowers at Ciaotou Flower Farm
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8. Tianliao Moon World

Tianliao Moon World is quite unlike anything you will see in Taiwan, let alone Asia. What you’re seeing is the result of erosion over the years! This scenic place makes for a good contrast from all the shopping and eating you would most likely have throughout the trip.

Lake View at Tianliao Moon World
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Bird's eye view at Tianliao Moon World
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Greenery at Tianliao Moon World
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9. Dome of Light

‘Is this really a MRT station?’ Yes indeed it is! In fact this ‘Dome of Light’ installation is located in Kaohsiung’s busiest MRT stop, Formosa. So while you will most likely transit through here, don’t forget to snap some shots while you’re here.

Dome of Light
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Tinted glass panels of Dome of Light
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Must-buys in Kaohsiung

10. Shinkuchan Shopping District

A must-go for millennials, Shinkuchan Shopping District is well-stocked with the newest tech gadgets at cheap prices. Girls looking for beauty finds will also not be disappointed with big-brand beauty stores available too.

Street view of Shinkuchan Shopping District
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Shop view of Shinkuchan Shopping District
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11. Sanduo Shopping District

If you’re traveling in a large group and people have different shopping preferences, Sanduo Shopping District has it all, With high end shopping choices in the department stores and clothing boutiques, as well as cheaper alternatives offered by smaller shops, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Street view of Sanduo Shopping District
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Inside Sanduo Shopping District
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12. Dream Mall

Bear with us as we say this — Dream Mall is indeed a dream come true. There, we said it! This is a mega-mall, and if you’re thinking ‘Vivo City’, think bigger because it is 2.5 times bigger. With more than 600 major stores, this is the place to shop till you drop.

Street view of Dream Mall
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Inside of Dream Mall
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Inside of Dream Mall
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*Bonus: How to earn Cashback for your Kaohsiung trip (and everywhere else)

So you’re probably itching to head to Kaohsiung at this point of time, but don’t want to spend a bomb doing so. Well, here are some nifty tips to save a few dollars here and there!

Flights

Flights definitely make up the lion’s share of any travel expenses, and thus it would be wise to 1) Minimise flight costs, and 2) Earn cashback while you’re at it.

Minimise flight costs – Getting the best flight booking site

It can be overwhelming with so many flight booking sites available. Not all sites are designed the same, and we have compiled all the pros and cons of each booking site (agoda, booking.com, etc.) for you to find out which suits your needs the most.

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Minimise flight costs – Getting the best promo codes

Once you’ve decided on a flight booking site or are booking directly from the carrier, check out our promo codes for them:

  1. Scoot (Psst, there’s a 25% off selected Economy and ScootBiz fares!)
  2. Expedia
  3. Emirates
  4. Booking.com

Pro tip: Install the RateX browser extension and have promo codes automatically applied at checkout for you. 

RateX browser extension

Earn cashback

When you download RateX and activate the button, you’ll instantly start earning RateX Cash for your purchases. The catch? None.

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Here’s a snapshot of travel-related merchants:

Travel merchants

But your cashback aren’t only limited to travel-purchases, they pretty much include merchants across all categories. Here are the ones which are currently offering the highest rewards.

Merchants with highest rewards

Sold? Click here to discover all cash-supported merchants. The list is always growing, so be sure to check back!

Conclusion

We hope these 12 reasons are enough to get you searching up more about Kaohsiung! Remember you can always save more through RateX with the best promo codes automatically applied at checkout for you. 

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