The Xingda Seafood Market (aka Xingda Tourist Fish Market, Hsinta Harbor Fish Market or Qieding Fish Market) is a large seafood market in Qieding District of Kaohsiung. You can find just about any kind of fresh seafood here, including sashimi, whole fish, shellfish, squid, etc., along with other traditional Taiwanese snacks. Also, the market is known for high quality knives. It is definitely worth a trip if you are in the area.
Xingda Seafood is often called Qieding Fish Market because it is located in Qieding District of Kaohsiung, which is not very large and only covers a small area near the harbor. This area has been a delta for rivers and since the Qing Dynasty has served as the border between Tainan and Kaohsiung, which has changed with the Erren River.
Xingda Harbor was built in 1997 and consists of four parts: a yacht tourism and business area, ocean business development zone, Fuli harbor living zone, and themed relaxation zone. There is also a fish market here. In the future, there are plans to expand capacity for the harbor.
11 AM to 6 PM (opens one hour earlier and closes one hour later on weekends)
How to get there:
By car/scooter: Take provincial highway 17 north from Kaohsiung or South from Tainan and stop at Xingda Harbor. There is free parking on the side of the road.
By bus: From Tainan Train Station, you can take Tainan bus 1 south to Xingda Harbor Station. The whole trip will take about an hour and a half.
Please see below:
I have been to Qieding's Xingda Fish Market about three times. I haven't been to every fish market in Taiwan, but I have been to quite a few. So far this is the best one I have ever been to, not just because of the fish but also because of the high quality knives.
Parking can be hard to find near the entrance on a weekend but there is plenty of free parking on the side of the road further away.
View of a paid parking lot nearby.
Usually the entrance has tons of stalls coming out of the front.
Right in front of the entrance is the first knife shop.
Every kind of knife or cutting tool can be found here. And they make the tools on site.
Lots of snacks on the side of the road.
Looking out from the entrance.
Another view at the front entrance.
Closer view of the front entrance.
A few food stalls at the entrance.
Fresh sashimi for sale.
King crab shish kebab and seafood cakes.
More hot pot ingredients.
This is Shuangxiong 雙雄, the best knife shop I have visited in Taiwan. Besides knives, they also sell swords here. A few years ago I bought a Taichi sword here for about 2000 NT.
Toys for sale.
Fresh Tuna and other fish.
Squid and octopus.
Live fish in and outside baskets.
More rows of seafood.
Sashimi for 150 NT a box. Of course we bought some.
Clams and other seafood.
Crowd in the middle of the market.
A stall selling live crabs.
More crab meat for sale.
Break in the middle of the market.
Fired fish sticks.
Spanish Mackerel for sale, my favorite.
More fried fish balls.
Spring roll ice cream and fresh fish.
Just outside the market you will find yourself right next to the ocean.
There isn't much of a beach here though.
But some people were having fun going fishing here anyway.
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