Downtown fantastic playgrounds /城市中的美麗樂園
The most important commercial metropolitan of Southern Taiwan,Kaohsiung, has more and more resorts these years.
They add various flavors to the bustling industrial and commercial metropolitan,making it both colorful and romantic.
Walking along Wufu road, one of Kaohsiung's main boulevards, is full of surprise. At nights, the area surrounded by Wufu Road, Chungshan Road and Chunghua Road is sparkling like a diamond. Named as "Urban Spotlight", the area is a fashionable place combined glittering light, shadow effect and the green land of the nearby Central Park.
The idea of Urban Spotlight derives from the 2001 Lantern Festival held by the city government along Love River. At that time, the staff came up with the idea of "light carving", intending to break the traditional setting by using light as a theme to decorate Kaohsiung. At the end of 2001, Urban Spotlight launched. With shadow and light, flowing water and green land, it is a landmark in the history of Taiwan's public construction. Every night, the cafe is always full of citizens who adore the ambiance. Visitors from other counties also regard Urban Spotlight as a must-visit stop in their touring plans. It becomes a significant representative of Kaohsiung's enchanting night.
Great Plaza for Civic Art
In contrast to the splendid Urban Spotlight, the Cultural Center located at the end of Wufu Road offers an entirely tranquil ambiance. The creative design on the base of the original construction impresses citizens a brand-new Cultural Center. The west wall of Cultural Center was torn down for making it an open space to the citizens. To fit with the cultural ambiance, the Great plaza for Civic Art is decorated with artistic works from the Kaohsiung International Steel Sculpture Festival and Van Gogh's paintings. Art is in the air everywhere.
Step into Cultural Center, you can see many citizens spending their leisure time by strolling on the meadows in the afternoon. Various performances are available at night in the halls, which can wash off a day's hard work and bring you a lovely mood. Bookstores, cafe, and National Kaohsiung Normal University all contribute to this cultural area which worth everyone's visit.
In addition to Cultural Center, another exhibition space with nature resorts is Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, which is located in Neiweibi Culture Park. Other than frequent exhibition of exquisite art works, there is a spacious ecological park: Art Museum Park. The design of the park aims to reconstruct Neiweibi pond of the early time. There are many Taiwanese original forest species preserved in the park, and natural permeable ground is applied instead of artificial one. It does not only bring the old Neiweibi back but also can lead the rainfall into the lake, providing the function of flood prevention.
Moreover, the city government also makes great efforts on nourishing those near extinction wild species such as fireflies. It aims to create a paradise where human beings can get along with nature perfectly. Due to everyone's efforts, many animals are now breeding in this natural area. In the skyline within view distance from here, Tzaishan and Panfpingshan can be seen. All these prove the government's constant efforts in greening and nourishing work. Kaohsiung is no longer a gray city, which only focuses on heavy industry and ignores environmental protection, but a green city that breathes healthily.
Wind Turbine Park
Besides downtown scenery changes, ocean plays another essential role in these creative schemes. Chichin, the only outer island belonging to Kaohsiung, has developed several brilliant ideas by making use of its close relationship with the ocean these years. Chichin Wind Turbine Park, for instance, is the first wind turbine-powered resort park in Taiwan which contributes to tourism, leisure, and environmental protection with its romantic seashore walking paths, extensive lawns for frisbee games and kite-flying, double squares for singing concerts with the capacity of thousands of people, and the rest areas' coffee sets popular with the youth, which will serve as a terrific place for Kaohsiung City to hold seashore singing concerts. Citizens and tourists to Chichin, besides enjoying seafood, will have one more resort to go to watch the sunset, drink coffee, and enjoy a restful moment.
Whether you prefer a romantic night at the cafe or a tranquil evening at the beach while sun sets, you can find them all in Kaohsiung. It is indeed a lovely Ocean Capital with imagination and creativity.