Kaohsiung City is an industrial town with heavy industry and relatively poor air pollution. It is a planned city with wide streets and less congested traffic than in Taipei. The Port of Kaohsiung has been working at making the city more attractive, and several new areas within the city have undergone major projects in the past few years. It is also a maritime city with one of the world's busiest ports. The Port of Kaohsiung has a wonderfully comfortable climate, with average lows of 15 ºC (59 ºF) in January and average highs of 32 ºC (90 ºF) in July. The rainiest months are May through September, and it is not as rainy as Taipei or Hualien. Visitors to the Port of Kaohsiung will want to check out these attractions.
The Former British Consulate at Takou is on a hilltop overlooking the bay. It was the first British consulate in Taiwan, and its western style reflects its British history. A museum today, the building holds many historic artifacts. The views are wonderful, with Hsizuhwan Bay on one side and the Port of Kaohsiung on the other. There are also dining areas where visitors can enjoy a quiet meal or tea.
The True Love Harbor, the old Pier 12, is lined with walkways and riverside parks, and it is one of the most popular places to go to enjoy the sea and the city sights. Visitors can see the entire city skyline from the harbor, and the night brings a dazzling display of lights.
The Cijin District, on the slender island that protects the Port of Kaohsiung, is filled with seafood restaurants serving freshly-caught fish. Connected to the city by underwater tunnels, you can also ride the ferry across the harbor. A popular family weekend spot, the Cijin District also contains the port's 1883 lighthouse.