Kaohsiung was founded by fishermen on the outlying island of Cijin. It has one of the largest ports in the world and is the base for the Taiwanese Navy. Kaohsiung is especially well-known in the 1960s when Taiwan was still the biggest banana producer in Asia. Almost the entire harvest was exported from Kaohsiung, decisively to Japan.
The thriving international metropolis on the southern tip of Taiwan was the host city for the 2009 World Cup. Because of the regulating effects of the sea climate, Kaohsiung is usually sunny and enjoys a pleasant weather all year round.
The city has a lot of sights to see, such as the old British Consulate, the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung 85, the Love River and Cijin. It is also an ethnic melting pot, the Hokkien and Hakka communities, as well as the Pingpu, Tsou, Rukai, Bunun and Paiwan tribes.