Do as the locals do in Kaohsiung (Taiwan 2011, Day 1)

Upon arrival in Taipei, we dropped our main baggage at our Taipei hotel and took the high speed rail to Kaohsiung with our 2nd baggage. The high speed rail is very new and reminded me of the bullet train in Japan. The journey took about 1.5 hours.

We stayed at King’s Town Hotel (京城大饭店). The hotel is located near the Kaoshiung train station (TRA) and MRT station. However, we need to cross over the platform in order to reach the hotel. To do that, we need to buy a platform ticket at the counter to gain entry to walk across the platform. When we reached the hotel, we asked the counter staff for free admission cards to cross over the platforms.

After we freshened up, we decided to go to the Anning wholesale shopping area (安宁街成衣商圈) near our hotel and later to Rui Feng night market (瑞丰夜市) for dinner. Anning wholesale shopping area is like Taipei’s Wu Fen Pu (五份埔). But maybe because we reached Kaohsiung quite late, most of the shops were closing when we explored the area. So, we didn’t have a good shopping experience there.

Next, we took a cab to Rui Feng night market to immerse in the local’s favourite night market.There were many things to eat and buy at the market. There were even retro game stalls where young children and those young at hearts gathered. Different from Liu He night market (六合夜市), this is the night market that locals go to.

Recommended food:

  • Fried cuttlefish (酥炸大鱿鱼)
  • Prawn cake (高月传说 – 月亮虾饼)
  • Chicken feet (卤凤抓)
  • Fried spare ribs (盐酥排骨)

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Getting to Rui Feng night market by MRT:

Take the train to Kaohsiung Arena station and get out at Exit 1. Walk straight ahead for 5 min to reach the night market.

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