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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Kaohsiung

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Sacred Fokuangshan

    Immerse yourself in Buddhism at Taiwan's largest Buddhist monastery, a serene mountain complex overlooking the Kaoping River.

    Depart from the pier by coach and drive northeast through the scenic, orchard-dotted countryside toward Fokuangshan, a famed center of Buddhism. Approaching the monastery, which was founded in 1967 by Buddhist master Shingyun, you will notice several giant statues of Buddha in the distance. Hundreds of similar, although smaller statues of Buddha lie inside the main gate around the many squares.

    Painstakingly built into the mountainside, Fokuanghan or Light of Buddha Mountain, features an array of characteristic temples, meditation halls, gardens and exhibition halls displaying spectacular religious artifacts. Nearly 15,000 lanterns rest in openings in the walls of the four shrines, the largest being the Tahsiungpao shrine.

    The monastery's mission is to make Buddhism relevant in modern life, often influencing others through charitable work performed locally and through its many chapters worldwide. One of the best ways to understand the intent is by touring Fokuangshan's impressive Buddhist Cultural Museum. It is filled with ritual instruments, beautiful calligraphy, and significant objects d' art carved out of jade, bronze and porcelain. The works are from various countries and time periods, providing an in-depth view of Buddhism.

    During your time at Fokuangshan, you will be treated to a vegetarian luncheon, consisting of traditional dishes made with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Afterward, you will rejoin your coach for the drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking and there are numerous steps to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual clothing; a hat; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Confucuis Temple is closed on Mondays and would be substituted with a visit to Yuandi Temple instead.

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  • A Glimpse of Kaohsiung

    "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."

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  • Highlights of Kaohsiung

    Gain a greater understanding of Taiwanese culture by touring the must-see destinations in and around Kaohsiung, the country's second largest metropolis.

    Your tour begins with a drive through the countryside toward Fokuanghan, a famed center of Buddhism. Founded in 1967 by Buddhist master Shingyun and painstakingly built into the mountainside, Fokuanghan or Light of Buddha Mountain, features an array of temples, meditation halls, gardens and exhibition halls displaying spectacular religious artifacts.

    Fokuanghan's mission is to make Buddhism relevant in modern life, often through charitable work. Another fine way to understand its intent is by touring the collection of ritual instruments, beautiful calligraphy, and significant objects d' art in its Buddhist Cultural Museum. Before leaving Fokuanghan, you will be treated to a vegetarian luncheon consisting of traditional dishes made with fresh, locally grown ingredients.

    Your tour resumes with a drive back to Kaohsiung to the Confucius Temple, situated on serene Lotus Pond, so named for the many fragrant lotus flowers growing in the water. Completed in 1976, this 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.

    You will also visit Chiming Tang, another Taiwanese temple constructed in the 1970s. Several different gods are worshipped here, including humanized gods of influential historic figures, such as Confucius.

    Following your time at Chiming Tang, you will transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 1/2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking and there are numerous steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual clothing; a hat; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Confucuis Temple is closed on Mondays and would be substituted with a visit to Yuandi Temple instead.

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