THE TOURNAMENT: OEC KAOHSIUNG CHALLENGER
Date: From 19/9 to 25/9
Money prize: $ 125,000 + H
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: National Yangming Tennis Center, 269 Cheng He Road, San Min District, Kaohsiung
How to arrive: Yangming center is far from Kaohsiung International Airport just 11 km (about 20 minutes by car and just 4.8 km main station.
Past Winners: 2015 Hyeon Chung – 2014 -2013 Yen-Hsun Lu – 2012 Go Soeda
Top Seeded Players: John Millman (Aus) – Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Yuichi Sugita (Jap) – Dudi Sela (Isr) – Yoshihito Nishioka (Jap) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Josef Kovalik (Svk) – Denis Kudla (Usa) – Hyeon Chung (Kor)
Kaohsiung is the second most popoulous town of Taiwan with its 2.77 milions inhabitants and is the most important harbour of the country. Kaohsiung has grown from a small trading village, into the political, economic, transportation, manufacturing,refining, shipbuilding, and industrial center of southern Taiwan. For Lonely Planet this town “has largely been transformed from grim industrial warrens into a modern urban landscape of airy cafes, wide streets, waterside parks, public transport, bicycle lanes, and cultural venues that have embraced the manufacturing past. There are also two swimming beaches within the city area, and 1000 hectares of almost-pristine forest right on its doorstep.
Many popular sights are clustered in areas that are within walking distance or a short bus ride (or cycle) from a Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT) station, like the harbour and lower Love River area (in the Yancheng, Gushan and Sizihwan Districts); and Cijin Island. But do not limit yourself to these areas. LIke any sophisticated modern city, Kaohsiung has tons of charms stashed away to reward the curious and patient“.
TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN KAOHSIUNG:
- Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
- Foguangshan Buddha Musem
- Lotus Pond
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Kindness Hotel – Kaohsiung Main Station. Top *** hotel considered the best accomodation in the town by Tripadvisor’s user. It’s far just 4 minutes walking from Central Station – Price for a business double room is 68€ per night breakfast included. Free parking area and free wi-fi for customers.
- Starhaus Hotel. Amazing **** hotel . Just 5 minutes walking from Kaohsiung Exhibition Center and from river Ai He. Rated 9.2 on Booking this hotel offers free wi-fi connection, free parking area and free bicycle service. Price for a 30mq2 standard double room is 97€ per night breakfast included.
- Grand Hi Lai Hotel. Wonderful ***** hotel just in the city centre with a pool and 13 restaurants. Here are hosted all tournament tennis players. Book now a 33 mq2 room for just 135€ with breakfast included. Rated on Booking 8.6.