Next day we travelled to Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second city.
On the way we stopped at JiJi, a small town with a charming railway station and not far a way a temple that was destroyed in the 1999 earthquake. The locals have preserved it and built a new one nearby. There is a small market so its a nice stop to see rural Taiwan.
A short boat trip along the river was ok but its main claim to fame is that it is called the love river which wears a bit thin very fast.
The huge Fo Guang Shan Monastery was more interesting. Its enormous , the biggest Buddhist monastery in the country. It has a Buddha memorial centre with lots to see. There are lots of places to eat, vegetarian of course, and quite expensive. We even got a message direct from Buddha! Must try to be carefree.
Then on to one of the many night markets. The Lio Ho market appears on the road as darkness falls and is full of exotic looking food. Its not huge but makes a nice stroll before going back to our hotel- another night of luxury !
The next morning a drive through Kenting National Park to see the scenic coast line. You need a great deal of imagination to see what the Taiwanese see in the rocks but its amusing to try to work it out.
After a hard days sightseeing (lots more rocks) another luxury hotel. I liked this holiday a lot! How will I manage with fresh slippers and a clean house robe every evening.