[City Classic] 2016 KaohSiung 100 K 高雄經典百K

[City Classic] 2016 KaohSiung 100 K 高雄經典百K

Route Summary:

  • 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.
  • Comments:
    • 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.

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Already before 5am the breakfast owner was making shaobing, a traditional breakfast pastry.

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Riding toward the Stadium under Kaohsiung MRT.

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The starting line.

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Reminded me of a UFO.

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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.

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The ride started!

The route first followed the MRT route closely and went through some major city area.

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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.

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Want some gases?

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The route eventually turned on to #28, passing through rural areas.

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This might be a Guava field, but I’m not sure.

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The stop sign that nobody cares…

Unfortunately in Taiwan factories are often next to residential areas. This sometimes makes the air stink.

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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.

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You can see at the background some hills do not have any plantation. This is because of the clay-like soil.

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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.

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Why the goat? Nobody knows.

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What’s the eye about? Nobody knows.

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Although few plants on the hills, near the river are lots of bananas.

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If you can’t grow plants, how about growing some black fur chickens? Tasty.

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Triple 50s.

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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.

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Pots at the road corner.

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Sudden upward slope near the tunnel made these unprepared bikers doing zig-zag.

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After the tunnel we entered Meinong, a major Hakka population. We had a rest stop here.

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Rest stop at a temple.

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Dunkey rules!

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Eight shaped door.

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Old Chinese styled classroom.

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LionDogPig.

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Main temple entrance.

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“Meinong Cultural Park” sign.

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Old Taiwan Sugar Company’s sugar plant. Now a recreational site.

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Did you see the swag banana?

After passing Meinong District the route crossed Gaoping River (高屏溪) and headed back to downtown area.

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Gaoping River, the river separating Gaohsiung and Pingtong.

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This swag building is the Budda museum.

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There was a last stop at the university KUAS.

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Along the way there was a traditional event parade going on. Featuring blue-shirt coordinators, dressed-up children, electric-techno neon gods, horses and bare-foot Daoshi.

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The bare-foot Daoshi is at the center next to a red-shirt guy. He was welding a wooden sword.

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Soon we were back to the stadium.

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The booth ladies were too shy to be in the photo…

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