Pollution in the winter in Kaohsiung?

I haven’t been in Kaohsiung in the winter months, but just heard that the pollution is really bad.

I’m here now and it seems fine to me, but apparently it changes and gets really bad in the winter - from the visibility to a tangible shift in the air quality you can sense.

This is the first I’m hearing about it so wanted to ask how severe it really gets?

Perhaps you need to consult the oracle @Gain on that one


Yes it’s bad, but you should have an air purifier already. Every morning I get up and look out the window to judge how bad it is - sometimes visibility is only a kilometer.

It’s not as bad as Taichung… but Kaohsiung can have some dodgy air quality. Not only is there a lot of locally produced pollution, but during Winter winds often come from china and there’s no shelter from that. The West coast gets the brunt of it, feelsbadman.

As for how severe it gets…I think it depend on what you’re used to in your home country. Here in Taiwan I live in the East, we have very good air quality 99% of the time and especially in Winter I’m not a fan of having to work on the other side of the island, the difference doesn’t go unnoticed.

It’s bad in winter but in summer it’s fine.

Wow really? I’ve been to Taichung in the winter and I didn’t notice much… Maybe some long-distance visibility issues but didn’t seem serious.

Visit more.:grinning: Goes for pretty much all of central and south Taiwan west coast in Winter. Also Taipei isn’t great either.

Kaohsiung is terrible in the winter. But its saving grace is its a coastal city with huge amount of fresh air exchange which blows alot away. So they are lucky that way. But inland it gets worse especially in air catchment areas whete it stagnates. Moutain edges in many parts of chayi/tainan/kaohsiung/pingtung (ok, actually miaoli down) tend to catch the pollution and its amazingly bad. Somethinf many times the web apps dont catch as it changes from valley to valley and spot to spot. Sometimes the skin on your face burns.

Little wind and very little rain. Its a disgusting place. We left after a very long time in the region, its incredibly hard on your health.

Because it’s not that bad.

If you drink the tap water long enough, you might also start thinking kaohsiung isnt too bad as well :slight_smile:

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It’s crazy smoggy here already. Does it get worse than this?

What? It’s been ok lately.

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There is no horizon line between the ocean and the sky anymore. It fades from blue to grey.

You can see a layer of grey against the buildings any time there is a 1-2km line of sight.

See here. Air quality here is fine right now. Not amazing (that would be <=10) but fine. I do see a bit of grey looking out the window at buildings a few km away but it’s minor. Winter is much worse.

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That’s what I was hoping to (not) find out.



Its something of a hot spot on the air pollution monitoring website (which is really where to check for current conditions), probably because there are some large petro-chmical plants and a coal-fired power station a bit up the coast.

Kaohgsiung is all chemical, metal and just basically heavy industry. I left there due to health problems. Last week we were driving down freeway #1 and got stuck in moon festival traffic. North kaohsiung somewhere between kaohsiung scie ce park and tainan science park. Fealt very sick and threw up twice out the window of the truck. Not the first time. The place is rank. If you are looking for a fun time without health issues, might want to move. It only gets worse until the plum rains (which often dont happen now). This ear you are lucky due to high rainfall these months. If you think its bad, think about rain and your water…:frowning:

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So, it’s pretty fucked up at this point- by my standards anyway.

You can’t see the ocean barely at all unless you’re right up there, you can smell it in the air, Not so much at street level but higher up it’s gnarly.

Been this way for almost about a month now. I thought - hoped - it was just that Rogue bit from “big China”, But it seems like this is just going to get worse.

Is this life here six months out of the year? That would really suck because otherwise I’m quite enjoying the city.

How is it further up north at the moment? Tainan, Taichung, Hschinchu?

That can be even worse.

It’s fine now