These included Maolin Scenic Area, the Baolai Hot Springs Area, Shoushan Zoo, the Former British Consulate at Takao, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, the Meinung Hakka Culture Museum, Cheng Ching Lake Scenic Area, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the Yang Min Museum of Marine Exploration, the National Science and Technology Museum, the Heart of Love River, Cijin Fishery Port and Kaohsiung Pier 2 Art District.
For these 18 major Kaohsiung tourist attractions, visitor numbers have gone up from 8.07 million in 2008 to 12.48 million last year. Visitor numbers have already reached 16.28 million for the first half of this year, higher than the whole of last year.
Of all attractions, Fo Guang Shan Monastery has the most impressive numbers, with 6.59 million for the first half of this year, followed by Cijin Fishery Port with 2.7 million. In third place is the Kaohsiung Pier 2 Art District with 2.7 million and the National Science and Technology Museum is ranked fourth with 1.39 million for the same period.
The hotel occupancy rate in Kaohsiung was 64.96 percent for the first half of this year, higher than the 61.92 percent recorded during the same period last year.
Tourism bureau information indicated that most of the increase was due to 83,000 Chinese tourists who visited in the second quarter of this year, followed in second place by 50,000 Japanese tourists.