Arrived at the airport early this morning. This is the only time in this itinerary that we do not fly directly to Taipei from outlying islands. The destination of this flight is Kaohsiung, the largest city in southern Taiwan. Secretary-General Yang of the association worked as an executive in EVA Air 20 years ago, and this time he specially upgraded me to business class. Just the shortest business class flight I've ever taken in my life, just an hour. What's more interesting is that I came to Taiwan for the second time to attend a press conference. When I returned to Beijing, I was catching up with the EVA Air strike. The management and the labor union had a fight, and the labor union suddenly decided to hold a general strike. I was stumped, because I had to leave immediately after returning to Beijing, and the plane tickets were all booked. I hurriedly went to Evergreen headquarters to ask, but I still didn’t get an accurate answer, so I simply changed my ticket, and when I checked in at the airport early the next morning, I actually changed it to business class. It seems that Taiwan is really my blessed land.
Kaohsiung is a harbor city
After an hour's flight, we arrived at Kaohsiung Xiaogang Airport. Taipei and Kaohsiung are respectively the largest and second largest cities in Taiwan. In my mind, they are a bit like Beijing and Shanghai in the mainland. However, Kaohsiung and Shanghai are somewhat similar, with a more active economy and a more dynamic city, without that dead air. In fact, Kaohsiung used to be a small fishing port, and it was really established in the late 1970s . It is an extremely young city. Zhongshan Road, starting from the train station, runs through the entire urban area from north to south. The most famous foodie mecca, Liuhe Night Market, and Xinjuejiang, a favorite gathering place for young people, are all run through by Zhongshan Road. I personally have a habit of measuring the most important avenue of a tourist city with my feet. But this time it's a pity that the time in Kaohsiung was basically occupied by the media meeting, and I couldn't spare time to walk Zhongshan Road.
Many green shared bicycles can be seen on the streets of Kaohsiung, all of which are fixed on special bicycle racks. If you want to ride a bike, you have to insert a credit card, and the money will be automatically deducted from the card when you return the bike at the designated location. This is not like the shared bicycles in mainland China, where you scan the QR code on your mobile phone and leave as soon as you say it. It seems unreasonable to come to Kaohsiung without drinking bubble tea. Although I personally don’t drink milk tea, I know that countless women are struggling with how to quit bubble tea. Not to mention drinking milk tea, even watching and smelling it from the sidelines has an irresistible and powerful allure, and its "efficacy" is nothing to say, pouring milk tea into the stomach every day is like pouring milk tea into the ground Like shit, it is guaranteed to make you "thrift" rapidly. The problem is that pouring manure will not be addictive, but drinking milk tea will definitely be addictive. After seeing an extra "swimming ring" in the middle of your body, it is not easy to quit it. I don’t know when it started, or it may be because of the hints from Jay Chou’s advertisement. It is deeply ingrained in my brain that bubble milk tea is from Taiwan or Kaohsiung. Without any evidence, I don’t know how this concept is. wedged into my brain.
Cartoon sculptures on the streets of Kaohsiung
If a city has water, it will immediately add aura. Like Taipei, there is also a famous river in Kaohsiung City, and the name is even more charming - Love River. In fact, the original name of this river was "Kaohsiung River", but it was renamed "Love River" because of a poignant love story. In Taiwan in the 1980s , a university in Kaohsiung exchanged students with a sister city in Africa. An African boy fell in love with a Kaohsiung girl on the university campus. Not separated. One day the boy received a message from the girl telling him that his father died of illness and asked him to return home quickly , he reluctantly parted from the girl. Before leaving , he said that he would be back in half a year at the latest, and told her to wait for him. After the boy returned to the country, there was no news, but the girl found that she was pregnant with his flesh and blood, and her belly was growing day by day. More than half a year, the boy did not come back. Taiwan's ideology in the 1980s was still quite preserved, and even now it values traditional ethics and civilized culture more than the mainland. Facing the accusation and condemnation from the school, family, and neighbors, she fell in love and ended her young life. Two years later, the handsome African guy returned to Kaohsiung. When he inquired about the girl's home after twists and turns, he regretted it after knowing the result. He knelt down to her parents and recognized them as parents. He revealed his real identity. He is a prince from an African country, and he wants to keep his identity secret when studying abroad. After returning to China, faced with many complex homework to be dealt with in the clan, he had no choice but to withdraw. The communication at that time was not as developed as it is now, which eventually caused this tragedy, which even alarmed the mayor of Kaohsiung. Time flies, today's Love River is floating on a boat of love, and there are imprints of "love" everywhere on both sides of the river. The True Love Wharf, the Yongyu Love River Cafe, and couples walking on the river bank all make this place a place to visit Kaohsiung. A must-see attraction.
A couple on the streets of Kaohsiung
We came out of the airport and went directly to a place called oyster omelet. I only know the famous Taiwanese snack oyster omelette. From the name, I guess this place should be related to the ingredients of this snack. Sure enough, this place by the sea was originally a small fishing village, and there were indeed sea oysters, but today it is just a name, and it is impossible to salvage sea oysters here. We came here to see the harbor and the ability to resupply cruise ships. The Oysterliao Fishing Port is located on the coast of Kaohsiung City in the south of Ziguan Township. With the efforts of the Kaohsiung City Government team, the original traditional Oyeziliao Fishing Port has been successfully transformed into a well-known tourist fish market. In the tourist fish market, you can see more than a hundred kinds of fresh and high-quality live seafood catches, and you can also try the freshly made milkfish balls and other Huazhi balls on the spot. Especially in winter every year, under the influence of the tributaries of the Kuroshio Current in the Taiwan Strait, mullet becomes one of the most abundant fish catches in Oyster Liao. Thousands of metric tons of mullet can be caught every year. The mullet roe and mullet tendon are taken out from the caught mullet, processed and salted, and the marinated mullet roe and mullet tendon are vacuum-packed and become the best choice for New Year's gifts.
Every afternoon, when the fishing boats return to the port, the market starts to be bustling with shouts and auctions. The most interesting way of sightseeing here is that people can watch the process of fish market auction up close. Among them, the most talked about is the freshly baked oysters. The plump and plump oysters and the flower-like oyster shells are works of art on the dinner plate. Unfortunately, the day I came here was Monday, which coincided with my weekly fasting day. I simply didn’t even enter the huge seafood market building in front of me. A cruel thing. Many tourists walked into the building with bright eyes, and came out one or two hours later with oily faces and mouths full of delicious food and wine. When you come here to eat and taste seafood, you can also visit the freezing factory, DIY fish baskets and seafood rice balls, or take in-depth trips such as sightseeing boats on the Blue Highway. Fishing village scenery. I also took a look at the harbor along the way. Fishing boats returning with a full load sailed into the harbor, and the white waterfowl beside the boat were jubilant. It seemed that they could get a lot of leftovers.