Arts of Kaohsiung
A Beautiful maritime city. A neo-classical architectural hallmark.
Kaohsiung is a truly beautiful maritime city. Its coastline stretches 12 kilometers with a large hinterland and a convenient transportation network. Commercial ships come and go on the busy water, and communities in proximity of the harbour develop rapidly. Kaohsiung was originally named Tago or Tagu. Literature from the Ming and Ching dynasties make references to both names.
Grand Hi-Lai is located in the Chien Chin district. The district used to be covered by fields. Rice paddies, sugar cane and yam fields abound on the land. Fish farms and lush green pastures characterized the agricultural countryside. Kaohsiung is only 78 nautical miles apart or a 30-minute plane ride from Penghu (4.5 hours by boat). Many residents of Rong-Fu neighbourhood in Chien-Chin district are immigrants from Penghu due to the close proximity. So Kaohsiung also received another name “the inner community of Penghu-ers”.
Hanshin Department Store and the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel was established here a decade ago. Chien-Chin’s landscape subsequently underwent complete change and a rapid-growing downtown commercial district emerged. Meandering paths were replaced with wide straight roads. Now, organizations dot the area while businesses flourish. Cultural and educational facilities abound. The district transformed itself into the city’s paramount political, financial and cultural hub.
Located on Wu-Fu Road (between Chong-San Road and Chong-Hua Road), this attraction takes on the main theme of “light”. Spacious and artistic atmosphere along with quaint coffee shops and relaxing music, this place is Kaohsiung reisdents’choice for an evening walk where they linger and pass time.
The harbor is an important international port as well as a future transportation pertaining to the Asia-Pacific Logistic Hub Plan. Alpine office towers were situated ashore from the harbour. Across the Chi-Chin Fisherman’s wharf, to the right is the Shou Mountain, to the left the Chi-Hou Mountain. Ancient buildings, lighthouses, freighters and cruisers abound. Visitors will sense the busy atmosphere of this logistic hub while admiring the grandiose construction and beautiful scenery of the harbour city. At dark, the city’s splendid night view glitters under the immensity of the night sky.
The Love River
After the successful river cleaning project, people come to the Love River to watch the fish and wildlife by the clear waters. The lush waterfront park along the shores is one of the best places for leisure. At dusk, neon lights glitter on the water surface. During your leisurely stroll, enjoy music and the fragrant smell of coffee at the coffee shops and art booths. Experience the waterfront allure of this maritime city by boarding on a tourist ferry on the Love River.
The Beauty of Architecture
Located in Chien-Chin district of Kaohsiung City, the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel broke ground in 1989, was completed in six years and officially in operation in 1995. The architectural team included Dennis Reedy from the United States, Kan Design Co. Ltd from Japan, as well as Chi-Hsin Architectural Design and Dynasty Design Corporation from Taiwan. The building is a 45-story tower, with the 3rd to 8th underground floors used for the Hanshin Department Store. The building holds 436 of the finest guest rooms, 13 chinese, japanese and western style restaurants, and the five-star International Executive Club occupying two floors. The building is 186 meters tall with a total floor area of 59,504㎡.
The structure of this building adopts a neo-classical architectural style. Neo-classicism places emphasis on perfection, timelessness, rhythm and logical thinking. This school of thought rejects objectiveness and grandiose exaggeration in its artistic expression. The Grand Hi-Lai Hotel considers the elements of practicality, lighting, and functionality during the process of design. The architects introduced modern material and implemented humanitarian concepts in its design, adopting the ideal neo-classical ratio. Granite dominates the overall appearance of the building, coordinated with beige as the main colour scheme, resulting in a sense of balance and comfort. The designer of the royal palace at Brunei was commissioned to create the roof structure of the Grand Hi-Lai. The windows and overall structure echo a basic repetitive rectangular pattern. In the front are two dome structures, which form a focal point among the three primary rectangular bodies and together create a spectacle of grandeur and artistry. Looking down on the magnificent Kaohsiung harbour view, the majestic Grand Hi-Lai Hotel is a portrait of sheer beauty.
The beauty of Arts&Living&Cuisine
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Arts and Culture
The Grand Hi-Lai Hotel has approximately 3000 pieces of artwork in collection with total value at three hundred million New Taiwanese dollars. There is an art and culture program in which guests are given an in-depth introduction to 20 pieces of selected work. The rest of the collection is exhibited at various locations in the hotel, including Hi-Lai International Executive Club on the 11th floor, the hotel lobby, International Banquet Hall on the 9th floor, the four Asian restaurants on the 10th floor, the Executive Lounge on the 40th floor, the Hi-Lai Suite on the 42nd floor and the restaurants on the 45th floor. The collection features famous artists such as Shan Jie Chang, Bu Yun Wu and Fu Yi Yao. Rarely seen genuine artwork will take you on an artistic adventure from present day to our ancient past.
The beauty of Living
The Grand Li-Lai Hotel offers 540 of the finest guest rooms with a homey atmosphere as well as royal luxury. The Hi-Lai Presidential Suite, the most prestigious room at the Grand Hi-Lai, features antique furniture, murals, extravagant hangings, designer crystal artwork and beautiful paintings. Designed by the prominent American designer Dennis Reedy, the 463㎡ presidential suite cost three hundred million to build. In addition to heads of state of various countries, the Hi-Lai Suite has also accommodated superstars like Michael Jackson, internationally-acclaimed tenor Jose Carreras and the CEO of Louis Vuitton International.
The Hi-Lai Suite contains numerous rooms and is primarily divided into three areas: dining hall and living quarters, reception room and master’s bedroom. The spacious 165㎡ dining hall and living quarters have a 5.5m raised ceiling which adds to the dignified air of the royal suite. Other features are large round cherry wood table is adequate for hosting 12-22 people and a kitchen stocked with professional facilities. Right next to the dining area is an entertainment room where guests may enjoy karaoke or watch movies after dinner.
The dining hall and living quarters are connected to the 46㎡living room which is set in a classical European style and features a 1830 antique bracket clock and handmade Persian carpets. The entire room which is furnished with gold antiques glows with radiance and classical grandeur.
The beauty of Cuisine
The Grand Hi-Lai Hotel features the largest banquet hall in Southern Taiwan. With a total area of 2110㎡, the hall is able to host up to 2000 people. The hotel also features 13 restaurants of Chinese and Western style, including the four Asian restaurants on the 10th floor: the Cantonese Jade Garden, Japanese restaurant Ben Kei, Shanghainese Dumpling and the Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant. These four restaurants which make up the Oriental Haven were renovated and reopened in August 2005. The Steak House, Teppanyaki Restaurant and the Lobster Bar are found on the 45th floor, allowing you to enjoy gourmet while admiring the beauty of the Kaohsiung city view. The chef team of the Shanghainese Dumpling Restaurant on the 9th floor is from the prominent Ding-Tai-Feng. The restaurant’s open kitchen lets you watch a demonstration of the chef’s handicraft. The Grand Hi-Lai is an integrated palette of different origins and flavors, the ultimate stage for culinary art.