Taiwan’s Banana Kingdom in the 1960s
In the 1960s, Kaohsiung became well known for its bananas. In 1963, Japan opened it’s port to receive Taiwanese bananas.
Since then bananas have been very popular in Japan. Apparently, all the money earned for banana exports to Japan accounted for a third of all foreign trade.
The value of 6 bananas used to be equal to the value of an imported suit. Bananas were the best export business in Taiwan – like a “Banana Kingdom“.
Today – Banana Pier, Fisherman’s Wharf
The Banana Pier at Fisherman’s Wharf used to be a warehouse used for storing the bananas. Hence, the Pier is now called “Banana Pier“. The banana warehouse has now recently been renovated.
There are many shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, banana t-shirts and banana ice cream. There are some displays which gives you some information about the banana trade at that time.
On the second floor of the Pier, is a banquet hall which can be hired for events. On the weekends, there will usually be a wedding.
- Hamasen (also known as Fisherman’s Wharf) – Great bar and restaurant strip on the sea front.
- Sizihwan Bay – Amazing mountain and seafront scenery