Tired of Taipei? Kaohsiung in Taiwan offers families lots to see, do – and eat!
About that time when you’re planning your year-end family holiday? Why not try Kaohsiung? As Taiwan’s second-largest city, it offers delicious food, amazing sights and lots of fun for everyone, as Young Parents found out on Scoot’s maiden flight there.
One thing we noticed quickly was the abundance of fresh fruit. Head to Dashu district on the outskirts of Kaohsiung, where you can visit one of the many farms to pick your own pineapples. If you’re lucky, the farmer might even cut open your fruit for you on the spot.
For unusual photo opportunities like sculptures and robot bins, visit the Pier-2 Art Center. The former dockside warehouse area has been converted into a bustling art district filled with wall murals and art installations for children to pose against. The giant Transformer-like robot there was a hit with both kids and adults.
When it’s time for a mid-day refresher, hit up Hai Zhi Bing, home of the gigantic shaved ice treat. Our large bowl was a towering mountain of finely shaved ice, fresh juicy fruit and sweet syrup that all 12 of us on the media trip couldn’t finish.
Of course, there’s no leaving out the night markets when in Taiwan – Liuhe and Ruifeng are among the popular ones in Kaohsiung. The delicious smells from the food stalls are hard to ignore, and the kids will love the carnival games.
When planning your itinerary, save a day for Pingtung County, a two hours’ drive south of Kaohsiung. Be sure to check out the scenery at Mount Guan (Guanshan) for a picturesque sunset, as well as visit the bamboo shoot- like structure that marks the country’s southernmost tip.
If your children are at least 12 years old, go for a round of paintball at OTD Paintball in Kenting (www.otd.com.tw). The field is open rain or shine, and coveralls and shoes are provided so you don’t have to worry about your clothes getting dirty.
Then, take a break from the sun at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. There’s a huge splash pool outside, with giant sculptures of leaping humpback whales that you’ll have a hard time keeping the little ones away from.
Scoot flies directly to Kaohsiung three times weekly on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Visit the airline’s website at www. flyscoot.com for flight schedules and ticket prices.
By Nikki Fung, Young Parents, October 2015