Kaohsiung is in Taiwan, and without thinking much about it, you’d get an idea that Kaohsiung weather is warm and winter-less since it is in Asia. The city experiences warm weather and tropical climate throughout the year. Some days it is very sticky and humid, since the city is along South China Sea facing the Taiwan Strait.
Located on the southern coast of Taiwan to the south of the Tropic of Cancer, Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second busiest and most progressive city. Its top-class, world renowned port is among the busiest in the world, receiving millions of cargo shipments every year from different parts of the world. Known as Taiwan’s Harbor City, Kaohsiung is the country’s center for manufacturing, shipbuilding, refining, and other forms of (light and heavy) industries. This bustling city’s port runs a huge portion of the city and country’s economy, but the port is not managed by the city government.
Known primarily for its economic activities more than tourism, Kaohsiung has a total population of 2.7 million. Next to Taipei, it is the most populated, most important and most internationally known city in Taiwan. It may come a close second in most areas, but the city of Kaohsiung is more picturesque, peaceful and organized than the capital city. It is also more inviting for its fine all year-round weather and lower cost of living. There is also plenty of sunshine, which is very attractive to Western tourists.
Although not exactly a tourist city, there are amazing landmarks worth visiting here, and one of which is the Chou Lighthouse on Chi-Xia Lane, Chi-Jin District. It is an ancient lighthouse that was built by English technicians in 1883. In 1916, it underwent renovation and repainting by the Japanese. It has guided ships and seafarers for more than a hundred years since 1918.
Another landmark is the nearby ChiHou Fort. Also designed by the English, ChiHou Fort is a battery that was used as a military base after the Qing Government took over Taiwan. With more than a hundred stationed soldiers, the fort was armored with heavy British-made cannons but was soon taken over by the Japanese in 1895. In 1988, almost a hundred years later, the city government of Kaohsiung restored the battery, and since 1992, the fort has been drawing in tourists and sightseers.
Still within Chi-Jin District stands the TianHou Temple on Miao-Chen Road. Constructed about three hundred years ago, TianHou Temple was dedicated to Matzu, the goddess of sailors, since the area is a fishing village. The locals believe that Matzu protects fishermen whenever they go out to sea. This charming temple is the oldest temple in Kaohsiung.
The best months to visit are March, August and December. Summer in Kaohsiung is from May to September, and average temperature during these months is a soothing 30°C (86°F), but could go much higher than that. Rains come in May to August, which makes the city very humid. The wettest months are May and June. Meanwhile, winter in Kaohsiung is still warm but very inviting, averaging 23°C (73°F) during the day and 15°C (59°F) in the evenings. Overall, annual average temperature is 28°C (82°F). Average humidity is between 60 and 81%, while annual rainfall is approximately 1785 mm. Overall, weather in Kaohsiung is typically tropical and very appealing.