Category Archives: Kaohsiung

Ride the Duck Bus

Taiwan’s second largest city, Kaohsiung, is often called the “Ocean Capital”, because of its large port and proximity to the sea. Besides the ocean it also boasts a large lake and a river that flows right through downtown. As a … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Techno Gods

Nobody quite knows how it started, and there are several competing stories. But somebody or somebodies in Taiwan got the idea to combine traditional religious temple parades and its deities with techno and pop music, and at the same time … Continue reading

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Bridges By Night

A man ducked into a city church one late afternoon taking a brief look at the architecture and stained glass windows. As he turned to go the usher told him, “Wait till the lights go on.” His curiosity aroused the … Continue reading

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On the Wings of a Dove

Well, not exactly, but with 85 floors and a height of roughly 350m the Tuntex Sky Tower, Kaohsiung’s highest building, offers a chance to see a bit like a dove up in the sky would. A 360 degree viewing platform on … Continue reading

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A Face In A Crowd

It was an important religious festival in one of Kaohsiung’s most popular temples. The place was packed with a noisy and boisterous crowd. There were drums, gongs, cymbals, firecrackers, shouting, masked performers, people pushing and shoving. I snapped photo after … Continue reading

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The Chinese Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year and usually falls on some day in February or March. In … Continue reading

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