Recently I came across this car in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for and Audio shop. I’m not sure if the owner knows what his name sounds like in English, but if he did, he wouldn’t be disappointed.
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 Taipei on 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.
The Yancheng district is lovely to walk around. Bars, cafes and restaurants are plentiful and easy to enjoy. Nearby cultural attractions include the Pier-2 Art District and the Kaohsiung Museum of History.
Kaohsiung’s Lantern Festival is especially special this year as it celebrates the merge of Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County and the 100th year of the Republic of China.
As this year is the “Year of the Rabbit, rabbit inflatables and statues are placed all along the river. Each one is unique and interesting. The festival is extended all the way to Cisian Bridge.
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.
100 Year Old Beef Noodle Shop, Old Town of Hengchun
This beef 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 an interesting snack to try.
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 interesting fruits to try.
During Chinese New Year, all financial institutions will stop services from February 1st until 7th. This includes telephone services, text messaging & consulting services.
The Department of Health has ensured that emergency wards nationwide are available during February 2nd until 7th.
During Chinese New Year, between February 2nd until 7th national highways in the Taiwan area will be toll free from 12 am until 7 am.
Also, from February 2nd until 6th, only vehicles with three passengers or more will be allowed on the freeway.
During Chinese New Year, fuel prices will be cut from NT$0.1 to NT$0.2 per litre.
All gas stations will be operating as normal during the holiday.
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The Kaohsiung Marathon is taking place next month and will attract thousands of runners.
Last year, a 51 year old mother of two (Chiu) became known as “Taiwan’s Ultra Marathon Mama“.
The Ultra Marathon, which is an amazing 1,500 km race took place over 18 days in France.
On the 16th day of the race, Chiu’s blisters broke. She triumphantly carried on running and finished 17th out of the 44 runners that took part.
The blisters turned into an infection and she was later diagnosed with Septicemia.
Her right leg had to be amputated and the sole of her left foot was removed.
Since then she has been nicknamed “Taiwan’s Ultra Marathon Mama“, which I think is quite apt.
Since then, it is said that she still stays active and carries on running today.
This story is incredibly motivating and I’m sure will inspire all runners.
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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 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.
- butterfly statues can be seen and a great place for fishing
The Marathon is coming to Kaohsiung for the second time!
When: Sunday 20th February, 6:30 am
Where: National Stadium, Kaohsiung Metro: World Games Station on the Red Line (R17)
The 2011 Kaohsiung Marathon will take place at the National Stadium (where the World Games 2009 also took place).
The event this year will feature the Full Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (23.1996 km), a 10.1338 km run, a Fun Run (3.58 km) and a Roller Skating Marathon (23.1996 km).
2010 Kaohsiung Marathon
The 2010 Kaohsiung Marathon attracted 20,000 people. It was the biggest marathon in 15 years and people from all over the world took part.
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The Taiwan National Sports Affairs Council has given the go ahead for Taichung to represent Taiwan’s bid for the 2017 Asian Games. The decision came after careful consideration and competing proposals from Taipei City, Taiyuan County and Kaohsiung City.
If Taichung wins the bid for 2017, it will be a huge financial boost to the region and Taiwan’s economy.