Kaohsiung. I loved Kaohsiung! Dad and I spent the 26th and 27th of December at a pretty nice hotel there and just explored the area. On that Monday (the 26th), we took a ferry and went to Little Liuqui island. There we hiked around, tried to find this cave (which remained rather elusive the whole time), and spent some time walking along the shoreline, listening to the waves. I also picked up a few seashells but limited myself to only keeping 3 instead of... a lot more than 3.
Chillin' at the hotel
Fresh of the boat (haha)
I wanted to go in here pretty badly, but it appeared to be closed. One of the many things I miss most about Taiwan is the temples
For the record, this was my father's idea first.
We found the Mormons!
On the 27th, we went to this Buddhist Monastery that I somehow had found out about (I really can't remember how). The place is called Fo Guang Shan Monastery and is pretty easy to get to (I believe there are buses that will take you there, but we opted for a taxi instead). Some people refer to this place as the Disneyland for Buddhists, and, after having spent many hours there and still not getting to see everything, you can understand why. It was amazing! I would totally go back for another visit. And plan to spend even more time there. Seriously. I LOVED THIS PLACE! Also, side story, we saw this American man there (I don't know if he was a tourist just visiting Taiwan or if he taught English or something somewhere and was on vacation) and he said "Ni hao" to me; once I realized it was a white man talking to me, it really tripped me up, it was so unexpected! OK. Pictures.