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Shared By: Nate Ball on Jan 7, 2014
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Description

In winter, when the weather in northern Taiwan turns to a dreary miserable mess, the south is coming into its prime. Its the dry season down here, when average temperatures fluctuate between 20-25C with nary a cloud in the sky. While the weather is good, the food is even better. And cheaper. And healthier? Perhaps. People take pride in their cuisine here. Don't be surprised if you are simply unable to eat everything that you so desire to. Just make another trip back to try the mango ice, the wheel cake, and even the stinky tofu. Markets abound, especially around Sizihwan and Qijin, which are perfect for snacking and people watching.

This is the heart of Taiwanese independent spirit. While the "Sky Dragon Country" may be more international, this is where you will find the truly Taiwanese people. The ones who will serve up a 12-course dinner to your entire climbing crew, let them sleep on the fine linen, then refuse payment in the morning. It's also where children will stare unblinkingly at you while they mutter "lao wai" and clutch their parent's hand ever tighter. You learn to take it all in stride.

What draws you here, of course, is the climbing. And while it may not be world class, it certainly has its appeal. It is similar to other limestone crags in the features formed and the physicality of the climbing, but what makes it unique is its proximity to the city. It is extremely different from the slab faces of Beitou and the roof cracks of Long Dong. To characterize the climbing as briefly as possible: sportily overhanging pocket pulling. With the occasional limestone drippy pillar.

Getting cold? Come on down. You're only an hour-and-a-half away by HSR.

Check out this group for connections: Kaohsiung Climbing

Getting There

HSR, train, or bus from anywhere. HSR takes 1.5 hours from Taipei and costs ~3000NT for a round trip. Comfortable buses take 4-6 hours one way and cost ~900NT for a round trip. Once in Kaohsiung, take a taxi to Long Quan temple if going into Shoushan Nature Park or Siziwan for Qijin and the temple area.

Accomodations

Here are three options that are close and cheap. If you are looking for something nicer, check Airbnb or search for hotels.

  • Sheet of Place: They have three private rooms available (red, green, blue). Find them on Airbnb. 10 minutes by taxi to the entrance of Shoushan Nature Park, 400-600NTD per night.
  • Bobo's Hostel: Dorm style or private room for two. Better for a larger crew. Around 400NTD per night. 4 minutes taxi to Qianguang crag, or 15 minutes to Shoushan.
  • Kaohsiung Backpacker's Hostel: Dorm style or private room, conveniently located in the city near public transportation. 1200-1600NTD per night. 13 mins to Shoushan or 11 mins to Qianguang crag.

Getting Around

If you are going to the QianGuang Temple Crag or Qijin, just take public transportation and walk.

If going to Shoushan Nature Park, there are rental bikes around many transit stations that you could pick up. Follow the map coordinates to the trailhead. If taking a taxi, which is incredibly fast and cheap especially if split four ways, just say "Lóng quán sì". If you don't know how to pronounce the accent marks, you're being a bad visitor. These are the characters in Chinese: 龍泉寺

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There are 4 main areas for climbing in Kaohsiung though the info hasn't all been updated here.

There is:
Monkey Cave on Shoushan
Skyline on Shoushan
Shoushan Climbing area near the temple in Sizihwan
(???) Climbing on the mountain in Zuoying

There is also climbing on Qijin Island nearby.
(THIS INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED MORE THOROUGHLY) Jan 12, 2014

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