Taipei MRT:Blue Line

One of the things I love most is the adaptive reuse of old buildings. It’s environmentally friendly, helps with the preservation of history, and usually quite cool to look at. Today we’re visiting Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Art Center.
To get to Pier 2 you can take the orange line of the Kaohsiung MRT and get off at Yanchengpu Station.
Pier 2 Art Center is an area about one kilometer long, and is mostly a bunch of old warehouses, 25 to be exact. Pier 2 refers to warehouse area 2. So if this is Pier 2, where’s Pier 1? The American bombed and completely destroyed it during World War II.
Anyway, some of these old warehouses are art exhibition spaces now, and some of the warehouses been converted into wonderful shops, restaurants and performance venues .
This shop custom makes shirts. You pick the pattern and fabric, and they’ll put it together for you.
So some of these used to be long, long warehouses, but they were chopped up to create individual spaces for different shops. A lot of the concrete walls were replaced by huge panes of glass that allow in beautiful sunlight. Once abandoned spaces are now occupied creative works of art, handcrafted products and young, ambitious designers.
Trains used to drive up to the warehouses on the pier, but because the water by the pier is quite shallow, freight ships had to anchor further out, around here, and smaller ships would then ferry the cargo back and forth.
This is the new cultural cruise and I really like it because you get a chance to get really close to the research ships, the tug boats, the freight ships, the navy ships, the coast guard ships.
Close to an equivalent of 10 million 20-ft containers are loaded and unloaded here each year. Guess how long it takes a 40-ft container to be moved. Ten minutes? Five minutes? Less than 2.5 minutes. I think that’s quite amazing!
If you are in Kaohsiung and you don't know what to do or where to go, come to Pier 2. Take the cruise and get on the water, walk around and see the exhibits. Have some coffee and see how old meets new in Kaohsiung. I personally really like it here. You should come.

 
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我好喜歡去看被賦予新生命的老建築,因為這種作法不但環保,還能能夠保存文化,通常也很有復古的感覺。今天我們要到高雄駁二。
到駁二,大家可以搭高雄捷運橘線,到鹽埕埔站下車。
駁二藝術特區總長約一公里,主要就是這25個老倉庫。「駁二」代表「第二倉庫區」,大家可能很好奇,那駁一呢?駁一在二次世界大戰時被美軍炸毀了。
現在這些倉庫有些已經轉型為展覽空間,有些則是特色小店,餐廳,表演場地。
這一家店可以幫你量身訂做襯衫和T恤,布料自己挑,然後店家幫你做起來。
這邊的倉庫以前都很長很長,不過經過整修,一個倉庫切成好幾個,落地窗取代了許多水泥牆,曾經荒廢的空間有了創意的藝術品,手工商品,還有許多充滿企圖心的年輕設計師。
火車以前都開到碼頭上卸貨,不過因為這堣穭茞L了,貨輪必須停泊在遠一點的地方,這堙A然後靠小船接駁貨物。
這是新的文化遊艇,我蠻喜歡的,因為可以近距離接觸研究船,拖船,軍艦,巡防艦等等的大船!
每年將近有相當於一千萬個20呎貨櫃進出高雄港,猜猜移動一個貨櫃需要多少時間?十分鐘?五分鐘?不到兩分半。好厲害!
如果來到高雄,不知道去哪裡玩,來駁二吧。來這裡搭個船,走一走,看看展覽,喝個咖啡,觀察高雄如何融合新與舊。我很喜歡這裡。大家要來喔!