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The British Consulate At Takao, Kaohsiung

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Get an insightful look into the British Empire's influence in Taiwan by visiting The British Consulate At Takao. The building is a former consulate, built in 1865, and today it serves as a museum and a restaurant. Spend some time in the roof garden cafe and experience panoramic views of the city and its coastline and port. This two-story Renaissance-style museum teaches about the history of the city. Prepare yourself for a climb, however, because there are many stairs to the top. Use our Kaohsiung trip itinerary maker to visit The British Consulate At Takao on your trip to Kaohsiung, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Former British Consulate at Takao. This delicious residence consular seated to some 70 meters of height on the Bay of Kaohsiung is a place perfect for contemplate the sunset or pass a tomorrow seeing the intense traffic maritime crossing the bocana of the port. From above are also great views of the beach from Sizihwan. It is the oldest Western property which is preserved throughout the country. The red brick Victorian-style building was built at the end of the 19th century by a British company after the Opium War II, and was used as the basis of the British customs control until it was abandoned in the first decade of the 20th century. Later, during the Japanese occupation of the island, it was used as an oceanographic Observatory. It was also partially destroyed twice: first by the allies during World War II bombing, and the second by the Typhoon Telma in 1977. Inside, you can find exhibitions of miniature scale, historical documents, photographs, etc. In them staircases towards the loma can see the statue dedicated to the consul British and zoologist Robert Swinhoe, that conducted studies in the island and gave names to several birds fruit of their finds. GETTING there: As commented on my review of the Shaochunaton Pier, can be reached by bus, but my recommendation is that you do take a walk. Take the MRT orange line until the Sizihwan station (O1), and from there get walking down the street Binhai 1st. Rd. until you reach the harbour in Gushan ferry pier. Cross the bridge and follow by Shaochuan St. until you come to the Consulate. The ride is simply wonderful, and is done in about 25-30 minutes. He price of the entry-December of 2016-is of 100 NTD (some 3€), and opens from 09:00 to 19:00. Eye, closes the third Monday of each month. THINGS to do: Once there, you can also visit the adjacent Xing Wang Kung Temple (seal you the Bills leaving and returning). Can take you, in addition, a tea with pasta to the best style and flavor British in its pastry or in the Super porch of windows with arches.
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  • Visited the place twice in three years. The building kept its old fashions, but the surroundings were heavily commercialized thanks to large flocks of tourists in recent years. Apart from the architecture, there wasn't much thing you could see in the interior. Still, you get a great view of the bay and the Kaohsiung City.
  • The building itself is fairly simple however there are great views of Kaohsiung from here
  • Great views of the city and ocean from above. Not really much else to do up there. Good for couple hours of afternoon coffee chat in the cafe and take in the views.
  • Used to be my favorite place to hang out with friends, drinking tea and watching the city. That was before the massive influx of tourists from China. It became mass-tourist-only destination. At least for me.
  • Many tourists go by here. But nothing impressive. And you have to pay if you wanna go in and see. I don't recommend it. Just look at it outside and go by only.