The harbor city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan is a modern metropolis that is equipped with high-tech infrastructures and facilities. There are modern hospitals and healthcare centers with competent doctors and medical practitioners, which is why health in Kaohsiung is pretty much covered. This is good news for locals and residents, but visiting foreigners still have much to contend with since the foods and weather are unfamiliar.
The Taiwanese eat a lot of raw or lightly cooked dishes. Most restaurants – both upscale restaurants and street joints – serve many raw meat and uncooked seafood that are meant to be cooked by the customers themselves on a hotpot. This arrangement is quite pleasurable and exciting to those who are used to it, but first time visitors may not like the idea. There is a chance for first-time visitors to not properly cook the meat, and so eat raw or undercooked dishes.
Other than the food, tourists should also know that tap water in all parts of Taiwan (and probably in all of Asia) is not safe for drinking. It is advised that foreign tourists always carry a bottle of mineral water, not only to avoid drinking water from the tap, but also to fight dehydration. Kaohsiung weather is very warm and humid.
Known as Taiwan’s Harbor Capital, Kaohsiung is the most important city in the country, second to Taipei, the capital city. Kaohsiung has well organized traffic and modern facilities that make the city very inviting to tourists and business enterprises. Its international port is one of the busiest and most productive free-ports in the world, handling all kinds of cargo shipments that amount to millions of deliveries in a year. The popular port is equipped with all sorts of high-tech, light and heavy navigational and freight equipments. Kaohsiung is located on the southwestern side of Taiwan, facing Taiwan Strait and sitting along South China Sea. This makes Kaohsiung very humid throughout the year.
This bustling city is most significantly known for its trade and industry, and only secondarily for tourism, although the city is more inviting than Taipei, since it is more tranquil and scenic. The leading tourist destinations, among others, are the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Love River and the Lotus Lake in Zuoying where you can find the Dragon-Tiger Pavilion, Spring Autumn Pavilion, Ciji Temple, Haian Temple, Old Wall of Fengshan County and Confucius Temple, the largest temple in Taiwan.
Touring Kaohsiung promises to be an exciting experience in the Orient as long as tourists won’t let health problems get in the way. The quality of health care in the city is very good, and with a number of excellent hospitals and clinic. The most popular hospital is Minsheng Hospital (+886 7 751 1131). Treatment is not very expensive; in fact, it is free for local residents. There are also major drugstores and pharmacies that are not hard to find, selling common medicines, prescription drugs and generic drugs.
Perhaps the only major threat to health in Kaohsiung is the pesky mosquitoes. Although there are very rare cases of dengue fever in more remote areas, it is better to be safe than sorry. Tourists should put on insect repellants when hiking or traveling to the countryside where dengue-carrying mosquitoes are believed to thrive.