Gangshan's Skywalk Bridge (aka Xiaogangshan Skywalk Park) is a tourist attraction in Gangshan District of Kaohsiung, which features great views of Agongdian Reservoir and norther Kaohsiung City. The bridge is in the shape of a violin, and there is constant music playing here. If you visit Kaohsiung, this place should definitely be on your list.
Siaogangshan Skywalk Park was completed in 2018 at the price of 128,000,000 NT. It is 40 meters tall and 88 meters wide. It officially opened February 14th, 2018. The main pylon resembles a violin and includes 24 suspension cables that look like violin strings. It's Chinese name literally means "the eye of Gangshan."
9 AM to 9 PM, closed Mondays
60 NT per person
Tickets are free until the end of December 2020!
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take Jiaxing East Road east out of Gangshan until it becomes Dazhuang Road, then park at the parking lot in front of the dam. There is a shuttle bus that will take you to the top of the mountain for 25 NT per trip. Vehicle traffic is not allowed up the mountain. The shuttle bus comes about every half hour.
By Bus: From Gangshan MRT Station, take buys R68 A or B to Siaogangshan Station. The trip takes over an hour.
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I have only been to the Siaogangshan Skywalk Park once. It's pretty new, and it was built after I moved out of Kaohsiung. I had to come back to see it, and of course take some drone footage.
Check out our drone video above for an overview of the area.
Or check out the 360 degree spherical panorama above.
We drove there by car, and at first thought we could drive to the top. But that is not the case. You must park at the nearby parking lot and take the shuttle bus up. Luckily parking is free, but the shuttle bus is 25 NT per person.
The shuttle bus comes about every half hour. Luckily we did not have to wait long. The bus ride up take less than ten minutes.
When we got to the top we discovered tons of empty parking spaces...I guess these are just for the local employees.
There is a giant food court underneath the skybridge, I imagine this is the main cash grab. Come for the sky bridge, but spend your money at the food court. We bought an ice cream here.
View of the spiral staircase exit.
Another view from underneath the bridge.
Some of the shops at the food court.
Another view of the food court.
The walk up is pretty easy.
On the way you will pass by an old bunker.
The bunker has been painted to be music themed.
"The terrain around Siaogangshan is flat, so the hill itself forma a commanding height of strategic importance. During the period of Japanese occupation (1895-1945) and the period of martial law (ended 1987) it was a major military stronghold, its top covered with camps and bunkers. When military control was lifted, the location of Siaogangshan in the northern metropolitan area of Kaohsiung made it a favorable hiking and leisure area for local residents. You can still see the mottled remains of military installations here today, bunkers are among them. WE recommend that after leaving the park, you see more of the area by hiking the trails bearing names that embody the martial spirit: Self Strengthening Train, Energetic Striving Trail, Hero Trail. Along these trails you will discover camouflaged bunkers and lovely landscapes that take you back to memories of the past."
Continuing up the baordwalk.
View from behind.
People walking on the bridge with Agongdian Reservoir in the background.
Another view from the park.
The ticket booth sits at the north entrance to the bridge.
Tickets were free for us, but we had to sign our names. They will start charging for tickets in 2021.
Side view of the bridge.
Pavilion at the front of the entrance.
People enjoying views of the bridge.
I have to admit, walking on this bridge was scary. It's super high and there are only a few cables supporting you.
View down below of Agongdian Reservoir (阿公店水庫), one of the worst reservoirs ever built in Taiwan according to Mike Fagan because it can't drain properly in the rainy season.
Dark view looking east.
View of the Skywalk on top of Little Gangshan overlooking rural Kaohsiung. This place is so photogenetic that you have to try really hard to get a bad photo.
Horizontal photo of the same.
People enjoying the view.
At the center of the bridge is a glass floor. Fun!
I was too scared to step any further out.
People enjoying the views.
It was pretty hazy when we went. I recommend going on a summer morning after it rains for the best visibility.
View looking south.
Same three people enjoying the view.
View of the bridge from the other side.
Full view of the main pillar.
People taking selfies on top of the south tower.
Looking down at the food court.
Looking down at the food bathrooms.
Another view with Agongdian in the background.
View of the bridge again.
Slanted view with the reservoir in view.
If you come at night, there is a beautiful light display on the bridge.
Also there are a few restaurants nearby with great views if you want to stay longer.
Last view of the bridge before we left.
Remember where you parked and take the shuttle bus back!
View via drone looking south.
View via drone looking east.
View via drone looking straight down.
View head on.
Side view of the bridge.
Last view of the bridge.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more blogs on Kaohsiung to come!
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