Love River - A night scene
10 Sept 2014 | From Wendy of Taiwan
The Love River or Ai River is a river (canal) in Kaohsiung City which is in the southern Taiwan. Love River is the spine of Kaohsiung, playing a similar role to the River Thames of London. It is of great cultural significance to the people of Kaohsiung and plays an important role in its economy and tourism.
The Love River was once heavily polluted, when raw sewage and industrial waste water flowed untreated into the river. Now, a number of riverside parks, night markets, outdoor cafés, bicycle ways, and green scenery were developed to boost tourism. The scenery is enhanced by attractive city structures near the river, such as the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Kaohsiung Bridge, and the Kaohsiung District Court. Cultural events such as concerts and the Lantern Festival are often held by the river.