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Kaohsiung travel | Southern Taiwan, Taiwan - Lonely Planet
Explore Kaohsiung holidays and discover the best time and places to visit. | The southern city of Kaohsiung (高雄; Gāoxióng) is Taiwan's largest port, its second-largest city and centre of the country's heavy and petrochemical industries. Despite this, today's Kaohsiung is a modern urban landscape of airy cafes, wide streets, waterside parks, public transport, bicycle lanes and cultural venues that have embraced and re-imagined the city's manufacturing past. There are also two swimming beaches within the city area, and 1000 hectares of almost-pristine forest right on its doorstep.Many popular sights are clustered in areas that are within walking distance or a short bus ride (or cycle) from a Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT) station, like the harbour and lower Love River area (in the Yancheng, Gushan and Sizihwan districts); and Cijin Island. But do not limit yourself to these areas. Like any sophisticated modern city, Kaohsiung has tons of charms stashed away to reward the curious and patient.
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