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Introducing Kaohsiung City

The southern city of Kaohsiung (Gāoxióng) is Taiwan's largest port, its second-largest city and centre of the country's heavy and petrochemical industries.

Today's Kaohsiung has largely been transformed from grim industrial warrens into a modern urban landscape of shiny cafes, wide streets, river- and harbour-side 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.

Most of what you want to see in Kaohsiung is clustered in a few areas that are within walking distance or a short bus ride (or cycle) from a Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT) station: the harbour and lower Love River area (in the Yancheng, Gushan and Sizihwan Districts); the Lotus Pond area in Tsoying District in the north; and Cijin Island.

In 2010 Kaohsiung city and county were merged into one giant metropolitan area.