Kaohsiung Soaring Majestically
Founded near the end of the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century, the city was known as Takau, which literally means “soaring majestically”, in the Hoklo language spoken by most of the early immigrants. The name originated from the Makatao language of the local aboriginal tribe and translates as "bamboo forest". The city was renamed Kaohsiung under Japanese rule. Known as the “Harbor Capital”, Kaohsiung City is the second largest city of Taiwan and has the largest container port of Taiwan. With an area of about 153.5927 km2 , the City holds a population exceeding 1.5 millions and 11 administrative district. Globally, Kaohsiung City has 22 sister cities and 1 friendship town.
In addition to the diverse landscape of Kaohsiung, the mountain, the ocean, the river, and the harbor compose the unique urban scenery. Before mid-16th century, the Makatao have been hunting and fishing around the area, showing the harmonious relationships between the aboriginals and original landscapes. In the 17th century, the city emerged in the map of the world as a redoubt due to colonial naval power expansion of the Dutch, showing the strategic importance of the City. The agricultural activities brought by the military and immigrants of Kingdom of Tungning and Qing Dynasty further instituted the development of Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung's real economic and strategic importance began under the 50-year Japanese occupation, when Kaohsiung was decided to be industry oriented through the construction of the port, introduction of urban planning, and the sea reclamation project. All of these have established Kaohsiung City as the industrial and commercial center of Taiwan.
Nowadays, when you see a grand containership gracefully sails into the harbor, it's Kaohsiung. When you stroll along the beautiful Love River during the Lantern Festival, it's Kaohsiung. When you hear a mixture of sound of laughter and elegant music performance coming from the Urban Spotlight, it's Kaohsiung. Accommodating people from different origins but with same courageous and enthusiastic spirit, Kaohsiung have become a southern metropolis packed with traditional business, high-tech firms, ocean industry, and tourism and leisure culture. All together, these have allowed Kaohsiung to transform from a heavy industry-focused town to a diverse yet vigorous city, to keep the City active and dynamic in the global stage.