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Kaohsiung (Gaoxiong)
Kaohsiung ( G¨¡oxi¨®ng) is the second largest city in Taiwan and is located in the south of the island. Kaohsiung is known for its harbor, although more for commercial than tourism reasons. Hence it is also known as the Harbor Capital of Taiwan. Its year-round fine weather and the low cost of living makes Kaohsiung a must for visitors to Taiwan.

Although the ranking has declined steadily over the last few years, Kaohsiung is still the world¡®s sixth largest cargo-container seaport. The city has high concentrations of heavy industry, including steel production, shipbuilding, and other exports that have led to Kaohsiung¡®s relatively high levels of air pollution (though the situation has improved substantially in recent years). Unlike Taipei, Kaohsiung is a planned city with wide streets and slightly less traffic congestion than the capital. In recent years the city has made great strides in transforming itself from a primarily industrial city into a modern Asian metropolis, and several areas of the city, such as along the banks of the River Ai (Love River), have benefited from major beautification projects under the tenure of former mayor Frank Hsieh. The city is often known as Taiwan¡®s "Harbor Capital"because of its close connection and heavy reliance on the ocean and maritime transportation.


Kaohsiung began in the 17th century as a small fishing village named "Takao" derived from the local aboriginal name meaning "bamboo forest". The name was changed to "¸ßÐÛ¡±(meaning: "high hero") by the Japanese in 1895, also pronounced "Takao" in Japanese, as they found the original name of ´ò¹· ("beating the dog") to be vulgar. The modern name of "Kaohsiung" is the pronunciation of "¸ßÐÛ" in Mandarin.

Attractions

--Love River
--Urban Spotlight Arcade
--Tuntex Sky Tower
--Liouho Night Market
--Zuoying¡®s Lotus Lake
--Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
--Chihou Battery
--Cijin Ferry
--Fengshan Old City
--Chai Mountain
--Bang Ping Mountain
--Shou Shan Zoo
--Former British Consulate at Takao
--Holy Rosary Cathedral
--National Science and Technology Museum
--Kaohsiung Museum of History
--Old Kaohsiung Railway Station
--Sizihwan Scenic Area
--Kaohsiung Astronomical Museum
--Kaohsiung Hakka Cultural Museum
--Chang-Gu World Trade Center
--Tower of Light
--Singuang Ferry Wharf
--True Love Ferry Pier
--Kaohsiung Fisherman¡®s Wharf
--Hsinshing Night Market




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