A December 2002 trip
to Kaohsiung by amoeba
Quote: What can one say about Kaohsiung?
Kaohsiung is noisy and bright and full of 7-11s. Garbage trucks pass by about four times a day, loudly broadcasting music to let people know to bring down their garbage. Other trucks also blare out ads as they drive by, and things are brightly lit (sidewalk squares, bridges, etc.). I went for a daily walk along the river (translated as the Love River, I believe). The walk, though by far the most nature-based part of my day, was at times harrowing. The river trail was interrupted by busy streets, scooters, and stray dogs. Walking along the sidewalks was a bit of a challenge as well, as they are uneven and often filled with scooters. Highlights of the city include Monkey Mountain, a large hill in town that has a great hike to the summit and some fresh-smelling air. Along the way, you will see many macaques and birds, and much to my joy, on this mountain I had my first experience of hearing bamboo creak. It was very amusing to see the very young and very old pass us on the way up the hill. The Spice Shop has terrific Indian food (3500 NT), and I got bubble tea many times. I tried many new-to-me tropical fruits (dragon fruit is my favourite!) and watched movies at MTVs (little movie-rooms).