- Starting Location: National Stadium Kaohsiung/World Game Stadium (高雄世運主場館).
- Length: 105km. Highest elevation: ~150 m.
- Hill profile: very gentle hill.
- Traffic control at intersections.
- Not so good air quality near industrial areas.
- Good for: Base training.
- Route Highlights:
- Kaohsiung industrial city views.
- Badlands terrain.
There are two major ultra big cities in Taiwan. The northern one is Taipei, and the southern one is Kaohsiung. While Taipei is famous for being a political and internationalized centre, Kaohsiung is special with its heavy industry and port functionality.
I have been to Taipei many times but not Kaohsiung. Thus I decided to join the Kaohsiung 100k Classic and explore the city with two wheels.
The event started at Kaohsiung’s National Stadium that held the 2009 World Game. I was surprised it didn’t have designated parking space. Luckily there was a lot of street parking nearby.
Already before 5am the breakfast owner was making shaobing, a traditional breakfast pastry.
Riding toward the Stadium under Kaohsiung MRT.
The starting line.
Reminded me of a UFO.
After some typical VIP speech bullcrap the ride started at 5:30 sharp. Unlike some popular rides I rode before, this time I passed through the starting line pretty fast due to the wide World Game Boulevard.
The ride started!
The route first followed the MRT route closely and went through some major city area.
Mussel shaped MRT entrance.
After this the route started move outside of city centre. As Kaohsiung is an industrial city, factories are along the road side.
Want some gases?
The route eventually turned on to #28, passing through rural areas.
This might be a Guava field, but I’m not sure.
The stop sign that nobody cares…
Unfortunately in Taiwan factories are often next to residential areas. This sometimes makes the air stink.
Unknown factory. The air here smelled funny.
Thankfully route #28 quickly entered a badlands area. Here the soil is so poor that only bamboos can grow here.
You can see at the background some hills do not have any plantation. This is because of the clay-like soil.
At one area, there were ao many these bare hills that it was called “the moon world”, and a recreational area was created for it.
Why the goat? Nobody knows.
What’s the eye about? Nobody knows.
Although few plants on the hills, near the river are lots of bananas.
If you can’t grow plants, how about growing some black fur chickens? Tasty.
As the route exited #28 it passed through Cishan (旗山), a region that was used to be a major banana production site. We did a big U-shape detour at the area and crossed the hill via a tunnel.
Pots at the road corner.
Sudden upward slope near the tunnel made these unprepared bikers doing zig-zag.
After the tunnel we entered Meinong, a major Hakka population. We had a rest stop here.
Rest stop at a temple.
Eight shaped door.
Old Chinese styled classroom.
Main temple entrance.
“Meinong Cultural Park” sign.
Old Taiwan Sugar Company’s sugar plant. Now a recreational site.
Did you see the swag banana?
After passing Meinong District the route crossed Gaoping River (高屏溪) and headed back to downtown area.
Gaoping River, the river separating Gaohsiung and Pingtong.
This swag building is the Budda museum.
There was a last stop at the university KUAS.
The bare-foot Daoshi is at the center next to a red-shirt guy. He was welding a wooden sword.
Soon we were back to the stadium.
The booth ladies were too shy to be in the photo…