Lotus Lake is a beautiful area to explore in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan (台灣高雄蓮池潭). I had an opportunity to spend the afternoon there just before Chinese New Year, 2009.
The lake is man made and a popular tourist destination. It has many temples and pagodas, including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions (春秋閣), the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔), and the Confucian Temple (孔廟). It can be walked around in half a day while still seeing all the sights.
I was unable to find much information on most attractions around the lake, but I’ve provided what I know.
The zigzaging entrance way to the Dragon Tiger Towers in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
More from Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung after the jump…
I really couldn't find much information on the Dragon Tiger Towers. Basically, they seem a little Disneylandish, but are still quite beautiful and worth a visit if you're in Kaohsiung.
I tried to yell to these guys to run away but they must not have heard me! Don't worry, the tiger spit them out a few minutes later.
From the Tiger Tower, looking north towards Dragon Tower and another pagoda, The Emperor of the Dark Heaven God, and in the distance, The Confucius Temple.
Sunset over a dragon's back at the Spring and Autumn Pavilions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
This big guy is "The Emperor of the Dark Heaven." In Taoist mythology, he defeated the demon king and is now a reminder that good always defeats evil.
Confucius Temples are always simple places that are great for quiet contemplation. This one is in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
See more photos at my Taiwan – Kaohsiung and Lotus Lake Archive – Images by Neil Wade