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Cijin Island and Star Tunnel (Gushan Ferry) 旗津島

Here is a video we made during our visit to Cijin Island

After a long day exploring Fo Guang Shan Monastery (previous post) we decided to have a bit of a more relaxed night. We decided to head to Cijin Island to have a beer and watch the sunset.

Star Tunnel on Cijin Island Kaohsiung South Taiwan

To get to Cijin Island , you can take the MRT to Sizihwan station. Take exit one, and walk about 6 minutes to Banana Pier where you will find the Gushan Ferry Pier Station. You have to go inside the K2 building (the warehouse like building right beside the ferry pier) to pay for the journey. We used our easy card to pay (which we totally recommend getting) and it cost about 25 NTD.

How to get to Star Tunnel on Cijin Island Kaohsiung South Taiwan

Once you board the ferry, the journey takes about 10 minutes, and the ferry departs about once every half hour until about 7:45pm.

Ferry to Cijin Island Kaohsiung South Taiwan

From the ferry’s arrival point, it was a 10 minute walk to Cijin Tunnel or “Star Tunnel”. This tunnel was dug by the Japanese during the occupation.

Star Tunnel on Cijin Island Kaohsiung South Taiwan

There were once constellation light sculptures on the ceiling of the tunnel, but they are no longer there. Once you exit the far side of the tunnel you are met with stunning views of the ocean and the rocky cliff face. In the cliff face there is a gunner strong hold, unassumingly also from the Japanese occupation.

Cijin Beach on Cijin Island Kaohsiung South Taiwan

We walked along the coast and stopped on the beach to have a beer and watch the sun set. We watched the ocean boats go by and sipped our beverages (a delightful spiced beer from Taiwan that tasted like a pumpkin beer).

Spiced Taiwanese Beers on Cijin Beach on Cijin Island Kaohsiung South Taiwan

We then walked back toward the ferry slowly (and came across a night market). The ferry line was much longer for the way back, but this turned out to be because we queued for the wrong ferry, and ended up back at Gushan and not KNH #2 where we had originally boarded. However, the walk between the two ferry ports was only a few minutes, and we were soon back at the Banana Pier.

Cijin Beach on Cijin Island Kaohsiung South Taiwan

At the Banana Pier we decided to have some dinner. We had sashimi, miso soup and beer, before heading back to our airbnb via the MRT.

Banana Pier Kaohsiung Taiwan

We stopped briefly at the Liuhe market by our accommodation for Jives to try some Taiwanese sausage!

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