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400 miles south of Taipei is the second largest city in Taiwan – Kaohsiung. It used to have a heavy focus on industries, but the city has developed into a favourite tourist destination. The Lotus River with two pagodas lying upon it is definitely a place to visit. The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are extremely symbolic of Kaohsiung. It is traditionally believed that walking through the mouth of the Dragon and leaving the mouth of the ferocious tiger symbolises turning bad luck into good fortune. Tourists also tend to visit the magnificent Buddha Memorial Centre. A giant Fo Buddha Statue lies on top of the pyramid-shaped memorial hall. The walkway to the memorial has 8 pagodas on the side, each represents a noble eightfold path. The memorial hall is said to hold the tooth relic of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
While in Kaohsiung you must visit Cijin Island, which boasts multiple beautiful beaches and numerous high quality seafood restaurants. Mind the crowds in summer as hordes of ainland Chinese come down to holiday at the beaches. At the fort of the island is a lighthouse that can give you a bird’s eye view of the city and Kaohsiung’s skyline. Those keen for shopping can head down to Kaohsiung’s night markets, such as Riufeng Night Market or Liuhe Night Market, where vendors sell mouthwatering delicacies that were influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean and local cuisine.