Located at the most northwestern
region of Kaohsiung City, Qieding District is separated from Tainan city by Erren River, with Hunei District and Luzhu District at its east and Yong’ a District at its south. Qieding District is
about 6 km long, spamming 4 major settlements: Baishalun, DingQieding,
XiaQieding and Qilou (Wunliao). With a large quantity and wide variety of fish in the sea beside Qieding District, the District is an excellent fishing ground and its Singda Harbor is known as an outstanding harbor. The Fish Market of Singda Harbor never fails to surprise one with the plentiful catch, as well as the delicious seafood cuisines and has been the top choice for visitors to taste seafood. In addition, the natural ecology at Qieding District is another attraction. Visitors can experience a rich
ecological tour by taking a closer look at black-faced spoonbills and other birds, as well as taking a bamboo raft to Baishalun to look at mudskippers
Qieding Association of Boats and Rafts, Kaohsiung City Rafting Experience on Erren River
Located at the intersection between Erren River and Taiwan Strait, Baishalun Wetland is home to many saltwater and freshwater organisms, as well as the rest stop for many birds during the winter. By combining the natural mangrove trail with ecology tour of Erren river, visitors can closely admire mudskippers and fiddler crabs while enjoying the sceneries along the shore. With the explanation from the professional guide, visitors can learn about the importance and relevance of wetland to mankind.
Qieding Happiness Coast
In an attempt to solve the problem of coastal erosion, Kaohsiung City Government has redone some planning by establishing a unique resting environment full of local characteristic, while maintaining the traditional culture. This gives the
Qieding Coast a new life, allowing visitors to exercise and rest along the coastline. The surroundings have also been revamped, creating the Happiness Coast covering the entire coastline.
With an area of 170 hectares, the Qieding Wetland was known as Zhuhu Salt Field during the Japanese rule period. Due to the development of the harbor, it was used as a sediment deposit area surrounded by an embankment. This allowed for the transformation of the abandoned salt field into a habitat for wildlife. Some migratory birds reproduce in the wetland during summer, while others stay there during winter. Up to 141 species and more than 5000 birds have been documented there, making it the largest habitat for migratory
birds during winter in Southern
Kaohsiung Gun Fortress
Located in the salt field, Qieding Gun Fortress witnessed the salt trade after the war and hosted the guards who protected the field. The salt trade in the early day was a monopoly, leading to the rise of many illegal salts merchants. In an attempt to ensure the collection of salt tax, the then government established a management organization and a security system. The gun fortress was a historical building used to crack
down on illegal salt activities.
On top of providing fresh catch trade, Singda Fish Harbor covers a large sea area with a 38-hectare space for recreational activity. This makes it the
key location for the development of water sports tourism in Taiwan; its activities include jet skiing, canoeing, keelboat sailing, stand up paddling,
windsurfing, riding the banana boat and small boats. It is a great place for companies to have competitions, or for families to have fun together. In addition, the area also offers lessons for relevant licensing.
The Fish Market of Singda Harbor
Located in front of Singda Harbor Fisherman’s Association Building, the Fish Market of Singda Harbor receives a large crowd on every holiday. It is also the site to capture mullets. The catch yield for mullets was extremely high in the early days and Qieding was known as the hometown for mullets. The market has various types of seafood and freshly caught ones, including different fish, shellfish, live prawn and crabs. In addition, visitors can also taste and explore the wide range of cooked food, seafood snacks, such as milkfish fish ball, squid balls, and oyster omelet that the market offers.
After touring the fish market in the evening, one can go to the coffee cart gathering spot located at the end of the coast to drink coffee while listening to LIVE concerts and seeing the fishing boat going in and out of the harbor. The light from the power
plant opposite also contributes to the beautiful night view. This allows one to experience a relaxed fisherman village atmosphere that is very different from the buzzing city life.