Night Markets are a central part of Taiwanese culture. Night Markets play an important role in Taiwanese social culture. It is a place where anyone can go to eat, shop, meet and see friends and enjoy a bustling environment.
The 2011 Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival kicks off for the second time.
Organised by the Kaohsiung City Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Starting on February 26th and lasting over a period of five months. There will be a wide range of acts such as Aboriginal singers and an Austrian puppet show.
The first performance will be “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” featuring the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra against a backdrop of Warner Brothers cartoon characters.
This year’s Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival is expected to be bigger and better as artists from all over the world will take part such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, Japan and the United States.
A headline act taking part is Tadashi Suzuki’s musical version of La Dame aux Camelias. This act will feature Taiwanese singers and actors. This act also took part in the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA) in Taipeion February 10th. They are expected to draw a large crowd.
Other performances include a string quartet, Taiwanese opera, Chinese music, modern dance and jazz.
Last year, 40,000 people attended the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival. This year, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs are expecting many more.
Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is now taking place along the riverbank of the Love River. The Love River runs through Yancheng District (Yanchengpu).
Everyday for the next two weeks, amazing fireworks displays will take place at 7 pm and 9 pm. You can see the fireworks from either side of the river, near Glory Pier on Hai Bian Road or on Hesi Road.
The atmosphere is lively and buzzy. Many locals and tourists are enjoying the surroundings. Rabbit lanterns and balloons are being distributed for free. There are also mobile toilets available at various points along the Love River.
You can find many different snacks and interesting foods to try in Hengchun, Taiwan. Hengchun is famous for it’s hot springs and warm climate. It is an interesting city with a lot of history and culture attached to it. It is definitely worth a day trip, especially if you are on your way to Kenting.
Here are some of the unique, interesting & famous snacks and foods to try when you are in Hengchun:
Famous Beef Noodles
100 Year Old Beef Noodle Shop, Old Town of Hengchun
Thisbeef noodle shop is famous in Hengchun as it has been family run for over 100 years. The noodles here cost NT$80 for a small bowl. The flavour of the soup is delicious and the noodles are soft. Overall, it could probably do with some more beef.
Inside is clean and has comfortable seating. A great place for a quick and cheap snack.
Famous Onions in Hengchun
In Hengchun, you will see many onion stalls. Hengchun is famous for its sweet and tasty onions. It is a staple food for the Taiwanese living here. Stalls sell huge bags of onions throughout Henghcun Township.
Peak seasons for selling onions are in March and April. Hengchun has an ideal climate for growing onions as the peninsula is very windy which is great for growing onion crops. Hence, there are many onion farms all around Checheng and Hengchun.
Taiwanese people in Hengchun regard onions as a staple food of their diet. They believe that onions prevent sickness and strengthens the body.
Red Bean Shaved Ice
Red Bean Shaved Ice is a popular local dish. You can enjoy it cold with ice or hot. It is a specialty in Hengchun and there are many stalls selling this dish.
It consists of cooked sweet red and green beans, tapioca noodles in a sticky sauce. The cold version is topped with a bed of shaved ice. It is very sweet.
The picture above shows the hot red bean dessert on the left and the shaved ice version on the right. A bowl costs NT$35.
Ling Jiao (Water Chestnuts)
On the road to Kenting you will notice many stalls selling “Ling Jiao“, which are a type of water chestnut. They are very interesting looking and are worth a try. The skin is black and they are shaped like a bat. They are very tasty.
A bag will cost you NT$100.
Baozi (Steamed Buns)
Another tasty snack that you will find in Hengchun are “Baozi” or Steamed buns. They are filled with meat and vegetables and steamed. One bun will cost between NT$30-NT$40 depending on what filling you choose. There is normally a vegetarian choice too.
“Pidan Eggs” or “Thousand-Year Eggs”
Pidan Eggs are made by preserving the egg in clay, ash, salt, lime and rice hulls for a few weeks or months. During this preserving process, the yolk turns into a dark green colour. The eggs are sometimes called “Smelly Eggs“. They produce a smell of sulfur and ammonia. They are a unique taste and aninteresting snack to try.
“Red Yolk Duck Eggs” or “Hot Spring Duck Eggs”
Red Yolk Duck Eggs (Hot Spring Duck Eggs) are a very famous food in Sihchong Creek, Hengchun. The ducks here are fed shrimps and shells in a pollution free environment and left to roam freely.
The sand, stones and grass that the ducks ingests turn the yolk of the egg into a reddish colour. The locals use the water from the hot springs to produce a very unique tasting egg. The ducks are fed hay grass which prevent the eggs from having a strong odor compared with Pidan eggs.
8 Red Yolk Duck Eggs cost only NT$50.
When your in Hengchun, there are many interestingfruits to try.
Fongshan City is located in Southern Kaohsiung County, Taiwan. Over 350,000 people live in Fongshan City.
During the Qing Dynasty, Fongshan County had two locations. The old Fongshan County used to be where Zuoying is now.
The Qing Government built government buildings and many Confucian Temples. Fongshan is now known for it’s many temples.
The Qing Dynasty prevented the building of defensive walls, in a bid to prevent any rebellions. A rebellion happened in 1721 where many buildings were destroyed. The city therefore, did not build its walls until 1721.
Fongshan City Now
Fongshan City has a lot of history and is worth a visit. It is continually being modernised and updated with new coffee shops, restaurants and shops.
East Side Door, Flying Square and Fongshan river can all be seen in Fongshan City.
The Pier-2 Art District is located in Kaohsiung City near Yanchengpu Metro Station (O2). The area has evolved as a large and interesting space which attracts many local artists who design distinctive arts.
The Pier-2 Art District is continually evolving and becoming more and more trendy. The space has created a strong sense of cultural atmosphere in Kaohsiung City.
The Trick Art Exhibition is a paid exhibition. You can buy tickets at the door.