Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond is a very exciting area to visit. I like that the whole pond is surround by foot and bike paths allowing you to take in the sights while getting some exercise at the same time. I also really liked the concentrated amount of temples and pagodas near the pond. Bring a good camera because there is ample amount of photo material in this area: worshipers lighting incense, street vendors selling tea, and temples that range from old-world to borderline garish.
Pictured above are the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, which reach a height of seven stories. If you do go up to the top, for a great view of the surrounding city, it is advisable to enter the dragon's mouth and exit through the tiger's mouth which symbolizes turning bad luck into good fortune.
Colin Roohan traveled to Taiwan courtesy of Taiwan Tourism, Ritz Tours, and Eva Air. His highlights are part of AFAR's partnership with The United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations across the entire globe. See more about Colin’s trip at the USTOA blog - http://ustoa.com/blog/category/afar/