Energetic Kaohsiung / 活力高雄
◎Written by Yue-Su Chen ◎Photograph by Chung-Hui Pao
October's definitely a happening month in Kaohsiung. The month starts off with the Kaohsiung Food Festival and then the focus shifts to a series of festive activities relating to Taiwan National Day. After that, there were the 2009 World Games Pre-Events--dragon boat racing, roller skating and climbing. The Mega Port Music Festival, the 2006 Zuoying Wan Nian Folklore Festival, and the 180th anniversary of Fongshan were also held during October. During which Kaohsiung Port was dazzlingly lit with newly installed lamps. With such a range of festivals crammed into one month, it's easy to see the diversity and energy of Kaohsiung.
Kaohsiung is the biggest city in southern Taiwan with a range of delicious and unique seafood cuisine. The 2006 Kaohsiung Food Festival was to be held from September the 22nd until October the 29th and will both pave the way for a new food and beverage culture in Kaohsiung as well as promote the city itself. The Food Festival includes a snack competition, and different activities such as "Precious Food", "King of Exotic Cuisine", and "Ice Dessert Paradise". The Food Festival will be held in a number of places including Pier 12(True Love Pier), Pier 13 (Glory Pier), night markets, 5-star Hotels, and theme restaurants, where delicious food will be on offer, and the city of Kaohsiung on display.
Passionate Music - See You on Taiwan National Day ("Double Tenth" - October the 10th)
Besides the food festival, Taiwan National Day Festival was also held in Kaohsiung instead of Taipei this year. The festival included a party at night with background techno beats at Pier 12 and Pier 13. The party was definitely the highlight of the festival, starting at 19:00 and running well into the night.
For those who wanted to celebrate Taiwan National Day with something a little quieter, there was the "Double Moon Taiwanese Classical Music Concert" held at Dapingding Park on October the 6th. The concert saw performances by the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra as well as some well-known local singers; treating onlookers to classical melodies under the moonlight.
Taiwan National Day was also celebrated for the children at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts on October the 8th, where there was a performance by the Paper Windmill theater group.
Compared to other well-known ports around the world, Kaohsiung Port lacks adequate lighting at night making the port appear quite dull and dark in places. Therefore, the City Government has planned to illuminate the ferry routes(Tour Ferry to True Love Port) whilst ensuring safety in relation to incoming and departing flights. With towering buildings lining the port, it will look remarkably different at night compared to day.
The much-improved night look of Kaohsiung Port is scheduled to be completed by the end of October, 2006. These improvements include modifications to Cijin Ferry Pier, Cihou Lighthouse, Fair Wind Shipbuilding & Docking Co. Ltd, Cihou Fishing Port, the Cijin Campus of National Kaohsiung Marine University, Shipping and Boating Administration Centre, Cijin Fishing Port, and the storage areas of Pier 4 - Pier 15. There are going to be illuminated sculptures, uniquely-shaped garden lights, colourful billboards, and LED-illuminated walls to name just a few of the up and coming changes. By using different coloured lights, the architecture and design of the port-side buildings will be accentuated, making Kaohsiung Port a sight to be seen at night.