Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park in Nanzi District is my favorite city park in Taiwan. It features long green grass hills, lots of sidewalks and places to rest, and because it sits on a hill it has great views of the surrounding area, and of the sunrise and sunset. It's a great place to exercise and relax if you are in the area.
Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park was completed in 1996 on top of a former landfill, which had been in use since 1977. The completion of the park cost 5,640,000,000 NT.
The park is 35 hectares, which includes forest and grasslands. Also there is a library, swimming pool, and exhibition room in the park.
6 AM to 9 PM. Indoor locations are closed on Mondays.
How to get there:
By MRT: Take the red line MRT to Metropolitan Park Station. The park is just a short walk to the north, about one block. You can book tickets to travel to Kaohsiung via inter-city bus on Klook here.
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By Car/Scooter: From central Kaohsiung, take provincial highway 1 north past central Nanzi, and turn left on Demin Road. The park will be on your right. There is free parking in parking lots to the northeast. Looking for scooter rental in Kaohsiung? You can check out Klook here or KKday here to search for options. You can check also out our scooter rental guide here.
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We have stayed at and recommend Chao She Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here) IHI Sanduo Travel Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), and Mingli Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Klook here, or Hotels.com here) which are three inexpensive and high quality choices in downtown Kaohsiung. I also have stayed at and recommend Kaohsiung Meinong Rabbit Paul Homestay B&B (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, or Trip.com here), a quiet B&B in rural Meinong, and Chengching Lakeside Resort (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com or Trip.com here)and the Grand Hotel Kaohsiung (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here) which both offer breakfast buffet and free entrance into Chenqing Lake Park. I have also stayed at the 85 sky tower which offers great views of the city; you can search for rooms in the 85 sky tower on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, Expedia here, or Trip.com here).
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You can find more tours and activities in Kaohsiung such as Pier 2, Meinong Hakka Museum, Hamasen Railway Museum, Suzuka Circuit Park, i-Ride Kaohsiung Visual 5D Flying Theater, National Science and Technology Museum , Senya Village Restaruant, Austin Land, Ski School Indoor Ski Slope, and many more on Klook here or KKday here.
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I have been to this park dozens of times. I lived in Nanzi for a short three weeks, and this was my favorite place in the town. Nanzi is a nice place with wide open spaces (at least for now, before it is overdeveloped), and I think it would be a nice place to live permanently. I miss it a lot.
I used to go running in the park every morning. There are many flat sidewalks and trails that are a perfect location for jogging.
Also there are amazing views of the surrounding plains throughout the park.
At the north of the park you can see many new housing developments being built next to the Qiaotou Administration building.
View of downtown Nanzi.
Another view of housing complexes in Nanzi.
View looking east.
The park is also great for cycling, but some of the sidewalks are a little too small.
I highly recommend getting up early for the sunrise or enjoying the sunset from the top of the hill.
Here are some more views of the sunset.
That's all I have to share. Be sure to visit if you are in Kaohsiung!
Thanks for reading and be sure to stay tuned for more blogs on Kaohsiung to come.
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