Gaoxiong is the second largest city in Taiwan and its harbor is the country's largest international port. It's on Taiwan's southern coast and has many interesting places to visit such as 爱和 (Love River), 蓮池潭(Lotus Pond), and 旗津 (QiJin Island). Gaoxiong actually used to be not so great but I've been told it's been cleaned up nicely, at least in my opinion it was a very good city to stay in. (However, nothing compares to Taipei!)
One place I had to see was the Museum of Fine Arts. I called them myself and asked what was on exhibit...in Chinese! I was so proud of myself! :) However, I didn't understand what she said when she told me the artist. "Pei Gan" in pinyin. Turns out it was Francis Bacon.
Lotus Pond (104 acres of water) is special because it features a lot of colorful statues and pavilions. We didn't go all around the lake to see everything, but we still saw a lot.
When we arrived a couple had a colorful amazon parrot under some trees in the courtyard. I got to shake its hand and as soon as it grabbed onto me it crawled up to my shoulder all over my back. I was so shocked! The lady said it liked me. That felt really awesome, because I was thinking seriously about getting a parrot before I decided to get our rabbits.
First we checked out the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. You can walk inside a dragon's and tiger's mouths to get inside and up the stairs. To me it was a little tacky but it was still a cool experience. I've never seen anything like it. A zig-zag bridge leads to the pagodas and at the entrace is a mystical turtle creature with ancient money on it. We heard a tour guide say that if you touch the money it will bring you good luck.
After visiting the Lotus Pond it was starting to get dark so we decided to go to Eslite bookstore and then catch a movie. Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp! It was interesting! I thought it was just trying to be a stupid spin off of Twilight but it was actually better than it looked! Depp had great acting as always and, although a lot of the jokes missed, I was still glued to the screen the whole time.