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Nostalgic Port City Art Tour – Yancheng & Gushan (Part I)

July 12, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

To experience Kaohsiung’s port-town beauty, you must meander the Yancheng and Gushan districts.  Near Love River and Kaohsiung Harbor, they possess resplendent seascapes. 

Using Love River as launch point, ride a bicycle about its lanes and alleys of international flair, appreciating classic old Western-style buildings, traditional Juejiang Shopping District, open-air riverside cafés, and the romantic sentiments of local Kaohsiung residents.  In Gushan, experience the old-time spirit of Hamasing fishing village, fishing boats, ferries, cross-harbor bridge, lovely Sizih Bay sunsets, and sea breezes.  From afternoon till night drops, views here are like evocative movie trailers on the big screen, grand panoramas constantly unfolding.

Yancheng District, with the inherent advantages of its harbor-side location, had a key role in Kaohsiung’s early development.  In 1960 it was the city’s most prosperous area.  Sinle Street, brimming with jewelry shops, was called “Gold Street.”  Nearby Juejiang Shopping District’s flourishing fortunes were due to the booming port trade, the grand, dense bazaar of shops handling imported goods a favorite place for browsing among city residents.

Later, the port trade declined, the shopping district shifted east, and Yancheng declined.  Recent years have brought a renaissance, however, with Yancheng linked with the Love River banks and Hamasing, much new construction, and a popular new tourist area born.  Though no longer a prosperous commercial district, Yancheng is the perfect place for leisurely strolls, rich in nostalgia.

Walk to the seaside from Yancheng, to Gushan, where ferries leave for Cijin Island, old Gushan Fish Market is busy, and the place has the tapestry of a fishing village.  Boats of all description are moored be wharves, and on the other side is the Sun Yat-sen University tunnel mouth, with low Chaishan (“Firewood Mountain”) beside.

The lifetime memories of locals have the pretty sea-and-mountain scenery as backdrop, which also attracts many visitors.  Cross the Sun Yat-sen University campus to arrive at the beach and Sizih Bay dike, Kaohsiung’s most romantic spot, where at dusk each day sightseers gather in large number for the sunset.  In front, ships maneuver in and out of port, and behind is the classic red-brick former British Consulate Residence, today a much-loved scenic attraction.

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