Friday, September 07, 2012

The fourth day of our vacation found us in the beautiful city of Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan!


#1 However, before reaching Kaohsiung from Taitung, we stopped at a fruit store on the outskirts of the city.


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#4 Summer time is mango season in Taiwan and it's what everyone waiting for!

The woman behind the counter told me that the mango was tender, juicy and sweet, and has a distinct tropical aroma, with somewhat of an apple flavor... blah blah blah.

"Shut up and take my money!"

So, we bought some of these eye-catching apple-red skin Taiwan-grown mangoes and enjoyed them in our hotel rooms. Oh yum, each bite was a taste sensation!


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#9 Another eagerly awaited summer fruit is the rose apple.


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#11 Busloads of tourists from China arrived the same time as we did, FOL.


#12 A Toyota Wish Cab

Cabs in Taiwan are yellow, mostly Toyota and all taxi rides start with a base fare of NT$70.

From there, we headed to one of Kaohsiung's top attractions.


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I was like, "Not temple again!"

Then our coach driver was like, "You're not only visiting a temple, but much more than that – monastery, hmmm... university, meditation center, hmmm... *pause and think* oh museum! *turn to me* Are you listening?"

"Ah, yes, I... am. *whisper* And I'm hungry."

"Great, we're here to have lunch too!"

"Woo-hoo!" *freddie mercury rage pose*


#14 The weather was very hot that day, so it was so comfortable to sit in the air-conditioned restaurant!

After lunch, it was time to visit Fo Guang Shan monastery, which is on top of a hill!! Smiley


#15 The 40-meter (132 ft) high Buddha statue

That was the only photo I took. So yeah, I didn't enter the monastery. #lazytourist



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