About Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung city is located in the south-western part of Chinese Taipei, which is the second largest city in Chinese Taipei. The 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 green space in Chinese Taipei.

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 the largest harbour in Chinese Taipei, and 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 in Chinese Taipei 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.

Hamasen or Hamaxing is a historical urban area of Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei. It is located in the southern end of the Gushan District between the foot of the famous Ape Hill and Yancheng District, also a historical quarter. In 1908, the Japanese first built embankment at this area which paved way for modernization in Kaohsiung. With the new embankment, the first modern city street and the first passenger train were developed in the beginning of 20th century. Thus, Hamasen’s name was derived from the Japanese name (濱線), which literally means beach railway line. It represents the two railways that passed through this area.

Hamasen houses the oldest developments and institutions in Kaohsiung city- the first modernized city street, the first passenger train, the first post office, the first police station, the first city government office, and many others ‘firsts’. After 1920, the strategically positioned railway and harbour did not just develop the fishing industry but also raised Hamasen’s profile in the political and financial epicenter.

Today, although the railway lines are no longer operational, it still shapes the historical character of the urban landscape. The streets of Hamasen still portray the rich cultural heritage and stories of Kaohsiung. Most importantly, it is known to be the best location where one could enjoy the majestic sunset and breezing wind.

World EcoMobility Festival 2017 Location

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Building on Hamasen’s reputation of being the ‘First’ in Kaohsiung city, it will be the first area in Kaohsiung to pioneer an ecomobile living environment. The Hamasen district of Kaohshiung City will be the spotlight of the EcoMobility World Festival 2017, whereby the district will be closed to private vehicles for the entire month of October 2017 and opened only for ecomobile forms of mobility, namely walking, cycling, non-motorized vehicles and public transports. Hamasen was selected due to its rich historical heritage and diverse urban environment.

EcoMobility Festival & Congress Location

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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, the capital city of Chinese 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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Bicycles

755

kilometers of cycling lanes

183

bike rental stations

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Cars

860000

cars

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Motorcycles

1061

vehicles/1000 people

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High speed rail

90

minutes from Taipei

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Mass Rapid Transit

2

lines

42.7

kilometers

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Light Rail Transit

14

stations

8.7

kilometers

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International Airport

2

largest airport in Chinese Taipei

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