The Love River Water Carnival / 愛河水上嘉年華
As the Love River has been successfully renovated, it has attracted many Kaohsiung residents as well as out-of-town visitors who can stroll along the banks of the river drawn by the water and the fabulous scenery. People like to smell the aroma of coffee along the banks of the Love River and to see many boats sailing on it. Due to the renovation, it can now fully satisfy every visitor. The rebirth of the Love River has proclaimed its success. Last year, as the sun beat down on the Love River, we could see water bicycles and sailboats. It was a memorable moment for many to cherish. Along the Love River in near future, one will be able to experience many more water sports to suit every taste.
This January, the first winter sports sailing camp was begun in this marine capital. The visitors took many photos of the many kinds of boats sailing on the Love River, such as sailboats, canoes and rowing boats. Due to the citizens of Kaohsiung, the Mayor's vision of creating the city into a marine capital has materialized. The smiles of pleasure on the faces of the participators as they enjoy the winter camp facilities indicate their appreciation of this unique experience.
The Mayor also proposed a three-year sailing sport development project, during his speech at the first national sailboat contest in August last year. Mayor Hsieh indicated that since Kaohsiung is known as a harbor city, there should be plenty of water sports available, such as sailboats, cruises and canoes. He therefore sets up a further three-year project to encourage more water sport events to be held in the city of Kaohsiung, hoping that it will provide even more appreciation for having fun in the sun. The varying water levels all along the Love River provide a safer environment when holding water activities in Cijin or Hsitzuwan Beach. In comparison, other cites face the geographical challenges of cliffs or strong blowing winds. Therefore, Kaohsiung can safely welcome the national and international water activities to be held here.
It is also hoped that the atmosphere of Paris can be created by the introductions of special tourist boats which available for sightseeing. These glass sighted boats will pass the Museum of Fine Art, the Music Hall and then on to the Kaohsiung Municipal Film Archives. At the present time, the Love River with many cafes along its banks offers an appreciation for people to relax and drink a cup of coffee while watching the colorful sailboats as pass by on their way down river.