“The apartment exchange I had with Danny in June of 2010 was a success! His apartment was very clean and spacious. He also included lots of documents with information on local shops, activities, transportation and appliances. I was impressed by the greenery that surrounded the apartment, especially in a big city like Tokyo. Center of Tokyo is not far from his place. You can be in Shibuya in around 35 minutes by walk+train. Prior to the exchange, Danny and I communicated regularly through emails and telephone and I find that very helpful. This was my first exchange and it was a great experience for me. I fully recommend his apartment to anyone who wants to visit Tokyo.”
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Where is it?
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is a relaxed but vibrant port city, the second largest city in Taiwan, after the capital Taipei. The Gushan district and neighboring Zuoying District are known to be relatively fashionable suburbs with a large number of expats. My apartment is a few blocks away from the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and its extensive green environs, and in the other direction, the Kaohsiung Arena with a very modern mall on one side and a very traditional night market on the other.
English is widely spoken and I have never had a problem finding help from the very friendly Taiwanese people. Cafes are plenty with lots of free wifi. I will admit that my most flexible dates for exchange lands in the summer months, which overlap with very hot+humid weather. This is a tropical country and you will feel it at this time especially; thankfully the brunt of bad weather is born by Taipei and not here.
Getting around is easy- the city offers cheap bicycle rental, a fairly useable metro, and very very cheap taxis. You'll find beaches, the very hike able "Monkey Mountain", and a hip arts district. More adventurous travelers can make half-day or full day trips to indigenous Hakka region or the seaside surf town near Kenting National Park. More traditional travelers could use the high-speed rail to visit Taipei for a cheap bookend vacation. I am a very thorough host and have exchanged three times (albeit in other cities I've lived in) to make sure you have the most comfortable and easy experience.
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