Proud of being a Kaohsiung Local / 光榮的高雄人
It has been said before that "Kaohsiung is becoming more beautiful", and it is clearly evident now that this statement is more than just a marketing slogan. There is a real feeling amongst the locals that their city is moving in leaps and bounds towards modern cultural activities, cleaner waterways, and distinctive art monuments. This is seen from the coffee culture that spans from the "Urban Spotlight" to the "Riverbank Mambo", the water view from "Love River" to Kaohsiung Port, and the Chian Kai-shek Cultural Center's Avenues of fine Arts. All these and more make Kaohsiung locals' proud citizens.
According to the China Times telephone surveys from June 25 to June 29, approximately one thousand citizens (older than 20 years of age), which accounts for more than 80% of the interviewers said that Kaohsiung city has improved a lot. Also, about 78% are satisfied and supportive of the mayor, Frank Hsieh. Most importantly, 76% of the Citizens are proud to be locals of Kaohsiung. This is a new phenomenon that has not happened before and is what makes Mr. Hsieh most grateful. Improvements to popular tourism sights; such as Love River, and construction of the MRT are some of the many reasons why Kaohsiung citizens hold such pride in their city.
Love River is considered to be the attraction that Kaohsiung citizens are most proud of. As the name suggests, it has a distinct romantic atmosphere, in which couples, families and friends can come to enjoy whilst sipping coffee by the banks or on one of the boat tours.
The Urban Spotlight is another of many "bright spots" in Kaohsiung. It used to be considered the dark corner of the city where people used to avoid. But now, after recent developments, the Urban Spotlight is definitely becoming one of the most attractive places to go for both locals and tourists.
Kaohsiung city's new developments extend past Lover River and the Urban Spotlight. Locals and tourists can also spend time at the Museum of fine Arts, the Riverbank Park, and the Great Plaza for Civic Art- located around the Chian Kai-shek Culture Center. Furthermore, the Hsinkuang Pier and Shaochnantou Park are destinations not to be missed. Amongst developments to enhance the beauty of Kaohsiung are those that don't need to be seen such as improvements to the city's underground sewage systems. All of these results have slowly opened up the minds of the locals boosting their confidence as they go about life in Kaohsiung.
"Passionate, confident and optimistic citizens are the most important ingredients in making a city improve, also serving as the base for a city to grow", stated Kaohsiung Mayor, Frank Hsieh. He is very pleased by the citizens' satisfaction in the improvement of Kaohsiung and states that it is not himself that he is proud of, but that of Kaohsiung City.