Around CiJin Island
CiJin Island, Kaohsiung City
Hours:Available everyday from 6 am-10 pm (Depending
-- By John Matthews Translated by Annie
CiJin Island, mere minutes by ferry
across the Kaohsiung harbour, is the place if you're
looking for great scenery and an ocean breeze. This
tiny island is full of activities from swimming to walking,
eating some of the freshest seafood in the city and
even taking a ride on a three-wheeled passenger bicycle.
Also known as a rickshaw, this casual Pedi cab service
has been operating on CiJin for more than half a century.
The rickshaws here are hard to miss from where they
park and wait nearby on a corner for visitors to disembark
from the ferry and exit the terminal.
These peddle-powered sightseeing passenger
bicycles have been taking the same route around the
village for years. From in front of the terminal on
Miao Cian Road, the circular route begins by taking
you through throngs of weekend tourists and market stalls
as it passes the Tian Hou Temple, the beach and the
Sea Park. Meandering at a comfortable pace along the
waterfront on CiJin Road, the friendly drivers (in their
own language) are happy to share with you the local
history of the place, its people and its buildings.
The rickshaws are available everyday,
but you wouldn't want to be a passenger in one when
it is raining. A typical ride takes approximately 20
minutes and costs NT$200. A one hour ride costs NT$400.
Depending on your driver, you can take a custom-made
ride to suit yourself. Simply make a request. Many of
the drivers now carry name cards and have been known
to take part in larger group events such as weddings,
anniversaries and funerals. So, grab your camera and
your dearest friend or closest family member and head
out to CiJin Island for an environmentally friendly
ride around this bustling fishing and sightseeing community.