With over 2.7 million inhabitants the city of Kaohsiung (Gāoxióng in Pinyin) is the second largest city in Taiwan. Kaohsiung lies at the southern end of the west coast of Taiwan and has large natural harbour, bordered by the island of Cijin to the south. Kaohsiung was founded at the end of the 17th century by Chinese settlers and became part of China in 1684. Following the treaty of Shimonoseki Taiwan became part of Japan in 1895 and Kaohsiung experienced a phase of rapid development. Kaohsiung was heavily bombed by the Americans during World War II. As a consequence there is a dearth of old buildings in Kaohsiung. Nowadays Kaohsiung is a predominantly modern city, with lots of skyscrapers and pleasant shopping areas.

Cijin island photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Cijin island
Lotus pond photo gallery  - 25 pictures of Lotus pond
Modern Kaohsiung photo gallery  - 25 pictures of Modern Kaohsiung
Skylines photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Skylines
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
15 photos of Cijin, a narrow and long island parallel to the coast of Kaohsiung, a popular weekend recreation area
25 photos of the Lotus Pond, a small lake in the north of Kaohsiung with many Chinese temples
25 photos of modern architecture in Kaohsiung
12 skylines of Kaohsiung photographed from different viewpoints
12 miscellaneous photos of Kaohsiung
Gallery with all images
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