Qijin Island – 7 Fun Things to Keep You Occupied on This Beautiful Island
May 26, 2018
There’s quite a number of activities to keep you entertained in the city of Kaohsiung, but if you need to escape to a quieter place for a little while, you can consider Qijin Island. This small island is just a 5 minutes’ ferry ride away from Kaohsiung harbour. The actual reason which enticed me to visit the island was learning that the island is reputed to be the best place for a feast on fresh seafood in Kaohsiung. Including the delicious seafood meal, here’s a list of 7 attractions to keep you occupied on Qijin island.
#1 – Qihou Lighthouse
Built by the British to guide boats and ships in 1883, this snow-white lighthouse which watches over Kaohsiung Port is a symbol of Kaohsiung. An octagonal domed brick tower was constructed beside the original lighthouse in 1918 during the Japanese occupation. With its white base and black top, and a balcony running round the outside, the 15.2 metres tall tower is very striking. You’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Taiwan Strait and Kaohsiung City from the top.
Address: No. 34 Cisia Lane, Cijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Oct-Mar Tue to Sun 9am to 5pm
Apr-Sep Tue to Sun 9am to 6pm
Closed on Mondays.
#2 – Qihou Fort
Built during the Kangxi Emperor’s reign, Qihou Fort was mainly used to defend Kaohsiung harbour. The structures in the fort were built with red tiles and imbued with traditional Chinese style. If you are observant enough, you’ll notice Chinese characters inscribed on some of the walls, accompanied by inscriptions of bats in the corners, and many traditional architectural patterns on the ramparts and stairs. I visited the fort alone and there wasn’t anyone else up there early in the morning. To be honest, it felt a little eerie and I didn’t stay up there for very long.
Address: Cijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Directions: There’s a path which links the Qihou Lighthouse and the Qihou Fort.
#3 – Qijin Star Tunnel & Qijin Beach
The Qijin Star Tunnel was originally a military tunnel during the Japanese occupation, but it has been decorated with glow-in-the-dark paintings of 12 constellations and materials such as driftwood and luminous stones. It was an interesting experience to feel the cool sea breeze while walking through the tunnel and being surprised by the amazing sea view at the end of the tunnel. Located just a stone’s throw away is the Qijin Beach where you can simply bask in the sun and forget about all your troubles.
Qijin Star Tunnel & Qijin Beach
Address: Miaocian Rd, Cijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
#4 – Rainbow Arch
This small area is decorated with colourful art installations, one of which is described to be as beautiful as a rainbow arch. It symbolizes the rainbow that stops by Qijin, making the view of the coast a spectacular one, especially after the rain. Due to the romantic ambience, many couples have taken their wedding photos at the rainbow arch.
Address: No. 990 Cijin 3rd Road, Cijin District, Kaohsiung City 805, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
#5 – Qijin Windmill Park
Depending on which direction you enter Qijin island from, the Qijin Windmill Park will either be your first or last stop. Due to an abundance of wind, the Park’s seven three-leaf windmills are always in motion. However, they are not as massive as the ones in Gaomei Wetlands, so I wasn’t very impressed. There is also a sea-viewing platform, a performance square in the park, and cute sea life collages.
Qijin Windmill Park
Address: Cijin 2nd Road, Cijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
#6 – Qihou Market
This indoor market sells a wide variety of dried seafood products and the vendors are extremely friendly. They allow all guests to try the dried seafood products and the samples are quite generous. However, if you dislike jostling with the crowd like I do, just head to the first stall you see and settle your purchases because all the stalls inside the market sell similar items and the prices are almost similar.
Address: Cijin 3rd Road, Cijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
#7 – Seafood Feast
Your trip to Cijin island will not be complete without feasting on the fresh seafood dishes. There are many restaurants located near the jetty and the dishes are priced at 100 TWD and above per dish. This is a great deal you shouldn’t miss out on!
The ferry starts running as early as 5am and stops past midnight. From Sizihwan MRT station, you can follow the signs, or just follow the crowd, to arrive at Kaohsiung jetty for the ferry to Qijin island. The island might not be big, but I recommend renting an e-bike to get around conveniently. Remember to apply insect repellant and lots of sun block too. Hope you’ll have as much fun as I did!