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Kaohsiung, Taiwan-port

Perched at the southern end of Taiwan, Kaohsiung’s roots date back to the 17th century, when it was a small fishing village. Today, it’s the second most populous city in Taiwan and known as the Harbor Capital. Visitors enjoy visits to the Fo Guang Shan monastery, with its hall of giant Buddhas, and the beautiful landscapes of Kenting National Park.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Glimpse of Kaohsiung
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Kaohsiung
    Most Active or StrenuousMeal
  • Sacred Fokuangshan
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal

A Glimpse of Kaohsiung

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: KAO-003

"This definitive tour of Kaohsiung presents attractions that reveal the very fabric of life in this thriving southern Taiwanese city.

Traveling by coach from the pier, you will first travel to the massive Spring and Autumn Pavilions, a complex completed in 1951. While dedicated to Kuan Kung, the Chinese God of War, the pavilions feature a prominent statue of the Goddess of Mercy riding a dragon. It's a breathtaking sight that shows the importance of legend in Taiwanese culture.

Religious expression is very prevalent in Kaohsiung, and you will also visit two of its most popular temples. The Confucius Temple is situated on serene Lotus Pond, which was so named for the many fragrant lotus flowers growing in the water. Completed in 1976, the majestic structure is Taiwan's largest Confucian temple and expresses a deep reverence for China's beloved sage. The design reflects that of a temple in the Shandong Province, the philosopher's homeland. Also included, is a visit to Chiming Tang, another Taiwanese temple constructed in the 1970s. Several gods are worshipped here, including humanized gods of influential historic figures, such as Confucius.

Changing pace, you will head to the Chijin Old Street for a true glimpse of daily life in Kaohsiung. It is here that the city was first developed and although the early Dutch occupation is evidenced of the architecture, Chijin is definitely more representative of traditional Taiwanese architecture and culture. Colorful, ornate temples such as the 300-year-old Tian Ho abound, and the many small shops are always abuzz. As you stroll along the street exploring the many sights, shops and stands, you will no doubt be charmed by the friendly townspeople and the inviting ambience that is found here.

After touring Chijin, your coach awaits to transfer you back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking and there are numerous steps to negotiate at the temples. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them, although they may not be able to enjoy all the sights at the temples. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing; a hat; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested."