A brief introduction to Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung is the biggest commercial harbor and the second biggest city in Taiwan. Besides, the cargo volumeshe handles Kaohsiung harbor ranks third in the world.
Kaohsiung is situated on the southwest cost of Taiwan. It is long from south to north, and comprises an area of 153.6-sq. km. divided into 11 districts. It was elevated as a Special Municipality on July 1, 1979. Kaohsiung has a population of 1.5 million, and half of it is labor.
Kaohsiung is the chief center of the heavy industry and petrochemical industry. Lin-Hai industrial district, China Steel Corporation, China Shipbuilding Corporation, along with the Linyuan Petrochemical Industrial
Complex all have their home in the city, and have greatly contributed to Taiwan's economic wonder.
Kaohsiung Harbor, the best and the biggest seaport in Taiwan, occupies nearly 27 sq. km, with a shipping channel of 18 km. in length. The harbor contains 106 berths, 5 container terminals, which allows ships under 100,000 DWT to navigate, and 145 ships to berth simultaneously.
The Kaohsiung Airport accommodates all kinds of aircraft including 747-400 to berth the opening of the New International Terminal. Passenger traffic has increased to 7,000 person-trips every day, 2,555,000 every year. So far 15 airlines offer international routs.
Kaohsiung has more than 20 sister cities. Every year, many activities about culture, arts, sports, industry and business are held among these cities. It spares no effort in promoting visits and economical exchanges with foreign cities in order to elevate its international status.
Kaohsiung is a city with culture. More than 1,000 activities of arts are held in the Chiang Kai-Shek cultural Center. The Museum of Fine Arts arranges displays of both domestic and international high-standard art articles for the visitors.
Kaohsiung is a city of business. High buildings, five-star hotels, department stores, and foreign business corporations, operate here in great numbers.
Kaohsiung is also a city with beauty. There are green mountains, blue rivers, and historical sites. The climate is delightful, the citizens are passionate, and the roads are wide and smooth. It suits both the youth and the elders.
Kaohsiung is now devoted in moving toward high technology, automation, and sophisticated capital intensive industries with added high values and minimal pollution.
Kaohsiung, center of Taiwan's development in the future, is a brilliant star in the Asia-Pacific district for the 21st century.
Geography and Climate
Kaohsiung City is located in southern Taiwan, situated between latitudes 22°30'30" to 45'30"N, and longitudes 120°14'30" to 23'30"E. Facing the Taiwan Strait in the west and Bashi Channel in the south, Kaohsiung Harbor is an important transport point for the Indian Ocean and the Northeast Asia Shipping Center, and also one of the largest container port in the world. Hsiaokang International Airport has airlines operating direct flights with Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Phuket, Peneng, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi City, Ho Chi Ming City, Singapore, Laog, Manila, Subic Bay and Guam. The mean minimum temperature for the coldest month, February, is 18.6 degrees and maximum for the hottest month, July, is 28.7 degrees. The mean minimum relative humidity in March is 60% and the maximum in August is 81%. There are 2,139 hours of sunny days in a year; the minimum is 138.1 hours in February and the maximum is 227.4 hours in July. The annual rainfall is 1,134.1 mm. The lowest has zero mm in Dec. and the highest has 569.1 mm in July.