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Transformation of the old Kaohsiung Harbor

  • The Kaohsiung City Government had considered the possibility of city-port collaboration even before the 21st Century. It has centered efforts on negotiating city-port collaboration, desegregating Kaohsiung City and its harbor, launching Kaohsiung Bay, and releasing military-designated harbor zones. Moreover, the Government has organized a series of activities to bring people closer to the coast, such as the 2000 National Day Fireworks on Singuang Road, 2001 Kaohsiung Lantern Festival held along the Love River, demolition of the Pier 13 wall in 2006, and the successful effort to strive for hosting 2009 World Games. These activities fully promoted the beauty of the Kaohsiung bay area and have brought about the birth of Glory Pier.

“Asia's New Bay Area” Flagship Project

  • Kaohsiung Mayor Chu Chen introduced the Asia's New Bay Area project in 2011 in the attempt to step beyond Kaohsiung’s historical image as an industrial city. The purpose of this project was to restructure the old Kaohsiung Harbor into the main actuator for regional economic development in Southern Taiwan.
  • The project entailed the construction of four crucial public buildings, namely, the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center to promote Kaohsiung’s exhibition industry, the Kaohsiung Port Terminal to serve as the entry point for international tourism, the Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center to serve as the new landmark of the bay area, and the Kaohsiung Main Public Library to promote multimedia and digital reading. These public buildings and the Kaohsiung Multi-Functional Commerce and Trade Park are linked by the Kaohsiung Light Rail Transit (KLRT). This network symbolizes Kaohsiung’s transformation and breakthrough.

Accelerated private investment and development

  • Asia’s New Bay Area has attracted the investment of a number of private organizations, including Dream Mall, MLD Cinema, Carrefour, IKEA, and Costco Wholesale Corporation, and created over 10,000 employment opportunities. The Kaohsiung Software Park is currently the most prominent industrial landmark of Kaohsiung. The Park is home to Etron Technology, Brogent Technologies, Foxconn Kaohsiung Software Development Center, and over a hundred other internationally renowned 3D animation and special effects companies. The Park has become the center for Taiwan’s software industry, even Fortune 500 Giant, China Steel, has its headquarters in the Park.

Home of Cruise Ships in the Asia-Pacific Area – International Port City

  • In recent years, the Kaohsiung City Government has actively promoted harbor tourism and cruise reception services. The number of cruise ships that dock at the Port of Kaohsiung has increased from 13 in 2011 to 46 in 2015, and cruise passengers have grown from 24,000 to 130,000, effectively creating over NTD 300 million in tourism revenue in 2015. The construction of the Kaohsiung Port Terminal is due for completion in 2019 and is expected to actuate tourism growth and become the new home for cruise ships in the Asia-Pacific area.
  • Amidst the successive launch of the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center and four other public buildings, Kaohsiung City has taken the first step in transitioning into a port city. In response to the competition of port cities around the world, Kaohsiung City anticipates to create a world-class port area, Asia’s New Bay Area, to consolidate cultural, creative, information, technology, and tourism industries. Moreover, it plans to free even more coastal space to attract foreign investors and facilitate its progressive transition into an international port city.