Man-made lakes are quite popular in Kaohsiung, and you can find plenty here in the harbor city of Taiwan. Both locals and travelers love to visit the lakes because they are absolutely the perfect place to enjoy the day, exercise, and relax. Moreover, most of them are accessible with public transportation.
The biggest man made lake is Cheng Cing Lake (also spelt Chengcing Lake), but, unlike the Lotus Pond, it has yet to be over-exposed to the travel community.
About Cheng Cing Lake
Cheng Cing Lake (澄清湖), meaning the clear water lake, is a man-made lake located in Niaosong District, Kaohsiung. The lake is the biggest water area in Kaohsiung and it is over 300 hectares (741 acres) big.
Originally, the lake was built for industrial purposes, but many became attracted by, and started to visit, the site. Therefore, the Taiwanese government decided to open the lake for citizens in 1960; all areas can be visited except for the water reservoir that distributes water to Kaohsiung’s industrial area.
Until this day, Cheng Cing Lake remains one of the favorite spots for locals in the city.
The beauty of Cheng Cing Lake
It is safe to say that Cheng Cing Lake is the most beautiful man-made lake in Kaohsiung City. The lake is designed marvelously with different architectural shapes, such as the Nine Corner Bridge that connects one point of the lake to another.
There are different types of flowers and trees planted around the lake that makes it look like it is surrounded by the forest, instead of being in the middle of a city. The lake also has a small island in the middle, giving you a full glimpse of the water from a different angle.
Things to do at Cheng Cing Lake
Cheng Cing Lake offers plenty of activities for both local and international travelers. Just near the front gate, there are two aquariums in the area; one is free to enter and the other one costs 100 TWD (approximately 3 USD). However, most people usually recommend skipping the aquariums, and heading straight to Cheng Cing Lake to enjoy the scenery.
People come to Cheng Cing Lake to have a picnic, exercise, cycle, and even have a peaceful romantic walk. For picnics, Cheng Cing Lake actually has its own barbeque area; all you need to do is bring coal, food, drinks, and an outdoor spirit. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
How to get to Cheng Cing Lake
Getting to Cheng Cing Lake is quite easy because plenty of buses go through the route, such buses number 60, 70, 30, 79, and 217; the fare for buses is 12 TWD (approximately 0.5 USD). Entering Cheng Cing Lake requires a fee of 100 TWD (approximately 3 USD), but Kaohsiung residents can enter for free by presenting their identification cards.
Enjoy the beauty of Cheng Cing Lake
Cheng Cing Lake is an ideal place for travelers looking for a half-day itinerary. Although it is just a lake, the tranquil scenery of Cheng Cing Lake can make you stay for hours. It is a perfect spot to have a picnic and relax, or even exercise a little.
The lake is accessible by city buses and it is still budget-friendly. So, what are you waiting for? Come and experience Cheng Cing Lake!
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