Time for Taiwan 2015-2016, Episode 24: Central Park, Kaohsiung
2015-2016年「台灣好好玩」第二十四集： 高捷之旅 中央公園
Downtown Kaohsiung is hustling and bustling, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, but thankfully there are a few quiet and peaceful spots too. Today we’re going to walk around the Central Park area.
I'm Michella. I grew up in the Silicon Valley and was a journalist in Taiwan for ten years. I like to try new things, play with new toys, and visit old places in a new way. I’m going to show you around the Taiwan that I know. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
Central Park is right outside Kaohsiung MRT’s Central Park Station, which is on the red line. This station was designed by British architect Richard Rogers and was voted one of the most beautiful stations in the world by a US travel website.
The roof angles this way, and it’s supposed to symbolize the taking off of Kaohsiung. It was constructed by a local boat maker using a lot of recycled materials. And because it reflects a lot of light, the design really is quite green.
There’s lots of greenery around, which brings a nice contrast to the metal and concrete. I really love the station, and the park, too.
Kaohsiung is a port city and if you think about it, almost everything you see has something to do with the port and its history.
This is the Holy Rosary Cathedral, the first Catholic church in Taiwan; it’s about 100 years old. A lot of missionaries that came to Taiwan came through the Port of Kaohsiung.
The Port of Kaohsiung is the largest harbor in Taiwan. In addition to everyday goods, building materials, dried foods that were carted off to be sold in various parts of Southern Taiwan, some of it would end up in stores nearby the port.
This is Shinkujiang, a shopping district that sells a lot of foreign goods, especially clothing and accessories. If you’ve been to Ximending in Taipei, this is a lot like Ximending, where young people like to shop, hang out and eat.
There’s a movie theater here, so there are lots of hawkers. But the thing is, you have to walk and eat at the same time, and I’m sure everybody’s a pro at that already, but I prefer to eat while I’m sitting down. So I’m going to go to this wonderful yakiniku Japanese BBQ place that we recently discovered.
Kaohsiung is a lot like Taipei, but it also feels more relaxed. Maybe it’s because it’s more spacious, or because the weather down here is almost always nice. They get 300 days of sun here every year. This loveliness in Kaohsiung is what I crave when it gets crowded and cold and wet in Taipei. You should come.
Michella's notes 米雪拉的筆記：
And that yakiniku place I was talking about is Tanqiao 炭樵, where the price is reasonable and food quite decent. We’ve been over there quite a few times and like the food and the value. Talked to the owner for the first time on the day of the shoot, and he seemed like a very nice, hard working young guy. We’ll be back!
Kaohsiung MRT 高捷： https://www.krtco.com.tw/en/index.aspx
Shinkujiang 新崛江 http://hsingsin.kcg.gov.tw/?idn=34
Holy Rosary Cathedral 玫瑰教堂 http://www.rosary.org.tw
Tanqiao 炭樵 https://www.facebook.com/sumikikori/