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City Kaohsiung in Taiwan- The Industrial Hub of Taiwan

Kaohsiung is the most densely populated and the second largest city of Taiwan. With a busy port to its credit, Kaohsiung is all about high octane commercial energy and liveliness. There are many entertainment options that are evenly spread out in its spectacular outdoors and a crammed night life calendar.

Accommodation options
This city has an array of accommodation options that range from the high end to the medium and the low budget including inexpensive hotels, apartments, B&B, guesthouse and hostels. There are many hostels at the city centre that are ideally suited for back packers that ensure some of the best amenities at low costs. Clean and comfortable, these en-suite rooms have facilities including tea /coffee making facilities, air conditioning and hair among others.

History
The city was founded in the 17th century by the Ming Dynasty, before it became a Dutch colony. The immigrants from the Chinese mainland developed into a busy town. It was ceded to Japan in 1895, as part of the Treaty of Shimonoseki. It came under Chinese administration in 1945, when it became a major port and an industrial hub. The city of Kaohsiung is one of two special municipalities under the rule of the Republic of China.

Popular Places
Shoushan Mountain that offers a panoramic view of the city is a popular tourist destination. There are temples, monuments and a series of terraces on top of the mountain. Three Phoenix Palace, which is the largest temple in this city, famous for its magnificent stone carvings and Buddha images is another must see in this city.

Getting Around
Public transport buses are the most convenient option in the travel guide of this city. Besides, car hire, trams and motorcycle hire are also popular. Most of the city can be covered on foot and walking is an exciting method to explore this well planned city as well.

Places of Entertainment
Kaohsiung city has an exciting nightlife, which is well represented by its outdoor cafes, night markets and stylish taverns. There are dime a dozen night clubs where you can share the dance floor with the fun loving locals to some of the most popular musical tracks. For those who wish to have some wicked fun could check out the adult entertainment options here.  

Currency
New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), is the official currency of this city. The bills are offered in five denominations including 2000, 1000, 500, 200, and 100. Currency exchange facilities are available at government-designated banks and hotels and the rates can be accessed from the internet or financial news.

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