Back in the late 80′s and 90′s Kaohsiung harbour ranked the third busiest container port in the world. In 1989 I remember being able to count 20 to 30 ships at anchor off Chichin island awaiting entry to the harbour.
Today much of the manufacturing of Taiwan has moved to China and Kaohsiung has dropped rank to sixth busiest. Though total containers have increased over the years, Kaohsiung harbour today does not have the same hustle and bustle feel as it had back in 89.
Being the resourceful and industrious people they are, it is hardly surprising that the “ex-shipping container” can be seen all over the Kaohsiung country side. Of course this is not anything particularly unique to Kaohsiung or Taiwan. It is simply the prevalence of the twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) that make them so striking as you wander around.