Where is the best view of the third biggest city in Taiwan? Some may say it is the 85, or Shoushan, but actually I think that the best view can be found at Dongzhaoshan Coffee in Dashu District.
The first time I came across Dongzhaoshan Coffee was while riding my bike through the hills of Dashu. When I saw it, my immediate thought was 'this is where I want to live for the rest of my life.' The coffee shop sits directly on a hilltop that offers views from Pingtung to Tainan, with K-town in center view.
You have to buy something from the restaurant there in order to enter. A meal can be anywhere from 150-200 per person. Well worth it in my opinion.
Alternatively, you can enjoy the view from the road in front for free, although you can't see as much from there.
10 AM - 10:30 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
How to get There:
By Car or Bike: Take county highway 186 to Dashu, then turn left on Zhongyi Road. Once you pass the Guandi Temple, there is a small road to the right next to the parking lot. Dongzhao Coffee is at the top of the hill, and there is free parking!
By Bus: Go to Dadong MRT station and take the bus all the way to Guandi Temple (this will take about an hour and a half). After that, it's a five minute walk up the hill to Dongzhao Coffee.
Please refer to the map below:
Experiencing the View:
Once you make it to the top of the mountain, get past the barking dogs, and buy a meal, you can finally enjoy the view. On top of the coffee house is a raised pavilion from which you can see sweeping views all the way from Pingtung to Tainan.
The main tourist attraction in the area is of course the Yida world mall and theme park. You can see the Ferris wheel from here.
To the left, you can see downtown Dashu and Pingtung City across the river.
In the foreground above you can see the industrial districts of Niaosong and Daliao, and in the background is downtown Donggang.
Here is more of the industrial district of Daliao, as well as the Linyuan Petrol refinery park in the background.
In the background are high rises in Fengshan and Xiaogang district, with petrol refineries and ship factories in the background, and the Taiwan straight.
From here you can also see Qianzhen district, with the 85 Sky tower and the rest of downtown Kaohsiung.
In the foreground here you can see Cheng Ching Lake and the Kaohsiung Yuanshan Hotel.
Here you can see Zuoying and Sanmin Districts along with the 55 storey world trade center building.
Further to the north you can find the petrol chemical plants in Nanzi District.
The Renwu District Incineration plant as well as Nanzi suburbs in the background.
More suburbs of Dashe and Gangshan up to the border of Tainan.
View of Daliao district with the local Fengshan Presbyterian Church in the foreground.
Another view of the sunset over Renwu and Nanzi Districts.
This spot is also a popular spot for taking and stroll and cycling. These locals know where its at.
Another view of Downtown. Yes, that is an airplane next to the 85.
Behind the Coffee house is a grassy area with outdoor tables. There is also a small playground and outdoor bathroom.
If you come on a day with decent weather, you will not be disappointed. I recommend watching the sunset.
There were some clouds in the way before the sun completely went down, but it made for a fireball like effect.
Dusk falls over K-town.
Night is also a fantastic time to enjoy the city views.
View of Pingtung at night.
The Yida Ferris wheel also lights up.
National highway 10 through Niaosong District.
Despite some power lines in the way, Dongzhaoshan has arguably the best view of anywhere in Kaohsiung, and perhaps all of Taiwan for that matter. We highly recommend going there; you will not be disappointed.
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