Cruise Kaohsiung's Cultural Attractions by Yachts／文化遊艇 高雄海岸金三角
Cruise Kaohsiung's Cultural Attractions by Yachts
◎English translation: Hou Ya-ting ◎Photos by Pao Chung-hui, Jhang Jian Ying-hao
Taiwan's customized yacht industry is world famous. It is the largest in Asia and the sixth largest in the world. Kaohsiung is also responsible for 80 % of Taiwan's yacht production. In 2012, the Kaohsiung Cultural Bureau began public Cultural Yacht Cruises, so visitors could see the city and its cultural attractions. This relaxing and unique sailing experience has become a popular way to experience Kaohsiung's harbor.
Kaohsiung's Cultural Yacht Cruises offer a variety of routes and boarding points including the Pier-2 Art Center, Hongmaogang Historical Park and the Former British Consulate at Dagou. Altogether, there are six different routes for visitors to choose from. Cruises introduce the city's history and culture, while getting a unique perspective of its waterfront.
Hongmaogang is included in three of the six cruises lines. The port dates back three centuries to Dutch control period. Residents of the village had been fishermen for generations and greatly contributed to its unique history. At the end of the Ming Dynasty, Hongmaogang became famous for its mullet and milkfish. In 2007, the village was relocated in order to facilitate the Port Expansion Project. The historical park now exhibits the history,culture and lifestyle of the people that had once lived there. Visitors can experience the exhibition center and the surrounding architectural displays. They can also climb the Gaozih Tower, in order to get great views of the port and cargo ships.
The Former British Consulate at Dagou was the first of its kind in Taiwan. Cruises take visitors past to the former Consoler's residence and Consulate buildings. Yachts then pass the historical warehouses at the Pier-2 Art Center, which have been recently transformed into a vibrant creative center.
Cultural Yacht Cruises feature Kaohsiung's scenic harbor, mountains and famous sunsets. It introduces the city's new Exhibition Center and tours the fishing and yacht industrial zones. Passengers will learn more about the various maritime vessels and gain a greater understanding of Kaohsiung's history and culture.