About Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung city is surrounded by Tainan City to the north, Taitung County to the northeast and Pingtung County to the south and southeast. The scenic Love River (or Ai River) flows through the Old Town and downtown into the harbour river, which is colorfully lit at night.

Kaohsiung City attracts many businesses with its economic-friendly environment. It has a total GDP of USD 30 billion. A key factor for attracting Foreign Direct Investment is the innovative environment  for technological development and diversified industries. Despite the bustling industrial development and business environment, the city boasts of having the most number of green spaces.

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Quick facts

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Area size :2,946 square kilometers
Population size : 27,800,000
Average temperature : 25 °C
Average temperature (Oct): 30 °C

Unique features

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Historically, Kaohsiung was a tiny fishing village that has now evolved into a dynamic city, with a harbour ranking 13th largest internationally. Since Kaohsiung is bordered by mountain ranges in the northeast and the warm South China Sea to the west, and southwest, it offers a picturesque natural landscape for the locals and visitors. Despite the industrialized status, it is considered the most green and livable city as it maintains the highest green space per capita i.e. 6.1 per square meters. As one walk through the streets of Kaohsiung city, one could discover hidden gems such as local delicacies, culture, and pockets of artistic displays. Thus locals and visitors are able to enjoy an attractive mix of developed and green urban landscapes in Kaohsiung.
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Kaohsiung city is committed to the development of green transport. Although motorcycles are one of the most common form of mobility in the city, the city government is encouraging transition from motorized vehicles to electric vehicles through subsidy schemes. Numerous exhibition fairs and test-rides were organized for citizens to experience the various modes of electric vehicles. In addition, the city is served by the High Speed Rail which provides rapid, frequent and reliable railway connection to Taipei.

In addition, the city maintains multiple public transport systems, including MRT, high speed rail, the Taiwan Railway, city buses, ferries, solar boats, and light rail (the first of its kind without catenary cables in Asia). A circular light rail covering 22.1 kms with 37 stops is planned, with the first stage of construction, including 8.7 kms of waterfront light rail passing through 14 stops, scheduled to be completed by June 2017.

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