There are two ways to get to Qi Jing Island. One is over the water (ie, via ferry), the other is via underground tunnel. The ferry route is the more popular because its much more scenic (you can get a good view of Gushan as well as the Kaoshiung skyline) and also takes you to the heart of Qijing (ie, shopping and restaurants area, beach park).
While the Gushan ferry terminal is very basic -- just has toilets outside and a closed in waiting area, you won't have to spend long there because theferries are very frequent --- basically every few minutes. there is a fruit juice shop just next to the ferry terminal which I do recommend you try. They serve real fruit juice chilled and make it there and then. This is a very welcome relief from the weather in Kaoshiung which can get quite humid and hot.
The ferry has two levels. The lower level is mainly for people with scooters and bicycles while the top level is where most people on foot find themselves.. Also, the view is much better from up here. It is never too crowded so you can definately walk around the deck and enjoy the scenery as well a the sea breeze. You will be disappointed if you forget your camera.
It costs an adult tourist NT$15 for a one way ferry ride to the island which is pretty reasonable (about AUD or US $0.50). If you bring your scooter you will have to pay NT$20 for your fare. However you only have to pay the NT$15 for yourself if you take your bicycle. You will need to have exact change though because you put your money down a slot under the watchful eye of a ferry employee who does not give change.
To conclude, Qijing Island is definately worth a visit and IMHO the ferry is the best way to get there.
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