Kaohsiung International Airport, also known as Kaohsiung Siaogang Airport, is an international airport serving the city of Kaohsiung. Located in the Siaogang district next to Kaohsiung Harbour, the airport is located 9 km from the city center but is well-connected by an extensive network of trains, buses, and taxis. It has two terminals, a domestic and an international terminal. Kaohsiung Airport is new, modern, and clean, but is still a relatively smaller airport. As such, there is a small selection of restaurants and shops, including a Family Mart convenience store. Travelers may wish to have their meals and do most of their souvenir shopping in town before heading to the airport. Other airport services include paid lockers, car rental shops, currency exchange counters, and a post office. Kaohsiung Airport also has free wireless Internet service and PC connection points located around its two terminals. The currency used in Taiwan is the New Taiwan dollar (NT).
The two easiest methods of traveling from Kaohsiung Airport to the city center are via a taxi or the Kaohsiung MRT (metro). Taxis can take between 30-60 minutes depending on the traffic and will cost approximately NT$300. The Kaohsiung MRT might be a quicker and cheaper option, costing only NT$35 for a 20 minute trip from the airport to Kaohsiung Train Station. The MRT is easily accessible within the airport. Visitors can also use the Kaohsiung MRT to get around the city. The MRT consists of two lines – the Red Line runs from North to South between the airport and downtown Kaohsiung, while the Orange Line runs from the Kaohsiung port to the eastern suburb of Daliao. As Kaohsiung MRT is a relatively new form of public transport, there are many parts of the network that have not yet been developed. However, the bus network is dense and is well-connected to most of the MRT stations.
Kaohsiung is the second most populous city in Taiwan, after Taipei City. It is also known to have year-round warm and pleasant weather due to its location in the southern tip of the island and its proximity to the coast, earning it its reputation as Harbour City of Taiwan. Like other cities in Taiwan, Kaohsiung has decent shopping, dining, and nightlife options – not forgetting the ubiquitous night market, a key feature of Taiwanese food culture! However, for something unique to Kaohsiung, take a NT$15 ferry down to Cijin District, a little island along the harbour filled with seafood restaurants with freshly caught produce. With its own beach and fantastic views of the city and the ocean, Cijin district is a popular weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike. One of the best times to visit Kaohsiung would be at the end of the Chinese New Year period, when the city lights up during its annual Lantern Festival. The Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is held on the banks of the Love River that runs through the city, and features a full festival of lantern-making, poetry, performances, and street stores with traditional snacks and handicrafts. Watch the night sky light up with thousands of paper lanterns, a stunning fireworks display, and water foundation shows – a definite must-see!
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