Next up on my Taiwan adventure is Kaohsiung City. This is Taiwan’s 2nd city on the far southwestern side. Historically a heavy and grim industrial city, Kaohsiung has been transformed over the last decade into a very modern city with an excellent mass rapid transit system, landscaped waterfronts, bicycle paths, shopping and culture. All this while still retaining a nod to the city’s industrial past.
My AirBnB stay in Kaohsiung was just a few short blocks from the former industrial harbor, an area that has morphed into what is now called the Pier 2 Art District. The neighborhood is still Chinese blue-collar, with corner businesses dealing in heavy marine spare parts juxtaposed across from new green areas with running paths. Here are some photos of the arts district.