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- Tainan History and Coastal Ride
- AnPing Old Street Continued
- TaiJiang National Park Complex
- Another Luerhmen Temple
- North to Fan-Shaped Salt Fields
- JiangJun Fan Shaped Salt Fields 將軍扇形鹽田
- VIDEO: Fan Shaped Salt Fields
- Salt Museum, Salt Hills & Towards the Coast
- Six Hole Harbor
- Taiwan’s West Most Point: GuoSheng Lighthouse 國聖燈塔
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Tainan History and Coastal Ride
AnPing Old Street Continued
After visiting Fort Zeelandia, our Tainan History and Coastal Ride continued through other major historical buildings at AnPing Old Street.
Last view of Fort Zeelandia’s tower.
Right was a former Taiwan Salt company dormitory. Left white building was former Tait & Co. Merchant House (德記洋行), aka “AnPing Tree House”
Sio House (夕游出張所), a former governmental salt vending place during Japanese Occupation era.
At the northern riverside of AnPing, there was a short bike path back to the bridge we crossed.
Short, bumpy bike path.
A life release event. While it’s been generally agreed that life release events cause environmental and animal right issues, there were still such practices in Taiwan.
Back onto the bridge!
TaiJiang National Park Complex
As our Tainan History and Coastal Ride left AnPing, we entered the main TaiJiang National Park area. Established only about 10 years ago, TaiJiang National Park was mainly composed of wetlands to protect migrating birds.
National park sign.
The main white visitor building.
Visitor center from far view.
Sicao Temple (四草大眾廟)
I fully understand his pain of heat.
At Sicao there was a cool water tunnel through mangrove forest.
Water tunnel pier.
Unlike other national Park, many areas of TaiJiang National Park were formed by previous fields or facilities. One of the examples was a former salt processing facility.
Former salt fields.
Old, dis-functioned temple.
Old salt company formitory, now a cetacean museum.
Former salt facility buildings.
Another Luerhmen Temple
As we exited the TaiJiang National Park’s boundary and continued north, our Tainan History and Coastal Ride passed through the other Mazu Temple who claimed to be the authentic Luerhmen Temple.
Side of Luerhmen Mazu Temple (鹿耳門天后宮)
Though smaller, this Mazu Temple had a cool performing platform.
Passing more fish ponds.
There was also a Koxinga memorial park nearby the first Luerhmen Temple, to memorize the first landing point of his troop.
Another Koxinga statue.
North to Fan-Shaped Salt Fields
Soon our Tainan History and Coastal Ride completed the first southern loop. We then crossed the big TsengWen River for our second loop, going all the way to see the fan-shaped salt fields.
Crossing the big TsengWen River (曾文溪)
This temple was famous for its “white crane dance” (白鶴陣), a martial art dance dating back 90 years ago. The main performer would dress like a white crane during the dance.
Cool elementary school entrance.
DuJia Community (篤加社區) entrance. The whole community was surrounded by fishing ponds. Originally I tried to pass through the fishing ponds, but there was no public roads so I couldn’t pass through the gates.
Fishing ponds commonly seen in this area.
At this point the temperature was so high which forced me to stop and find a shade. There were no trees though in this area, but thankfully the many bird watching structure came to rescue.
Bird watching structure. Useful not just for bird watching but also for avoiding the high temperature!
Bird watching windows.
JiangJun Fan Shaped Salt Fields 將軍扇形鹽田
At the north most point our Tainan History and Coastal Ride reached the cool fan shaped salt fields. It was time to take out the drone for some nice aero photos!
The fan tip, a sluice.
VIDEO: Fan Shaped Salt Fields
Nearby XinKunShen town (青鯤鯓).
Harbor town’s elementary.
Salt Museum, Salt Hills & Towards the Coast
After seeing the fan shaped salt fields, our Tainan History and Coastal Ride continued through many salt fields and towards the coast.
“Path through fishing ponds and salt fields”.
The white pyramid shaped building was the Salt Museum. The darker white hills were the salt hills.
White salt hills. You could climb to the top.
Salt museum sign.
Local harbor’s temple.
The harbor was next to the temple. Here you could take the boat and visit QiGu Lagoon (七股潟湖), the biggest lagoon in Taiwan.
Fishing net in the lagoon area.
View of QiGu Lagoon river exit. Notice also that there was a small floating temple at the right side of the touring boat.
Passed under West Coastal Highway.
Six Hole Harbor
As we rode towards the west most coastal point, our Tainan History and Coastal Ride passed through a so-called “Six Holes Harbor” (六孔碼頭), an harbor named for its six holed sluice.
National Farming Fishery research center.
The size holed sluice, where the harbor name came from.
Vanishing stairs to QiGu Lagoon. Lol.
Lagoon tide chart.
Harbor’s visitor center.
After the harbor, we continued riding towards west to the west-most coastal point.
Hot, beautiful and lonely coastal road.
Local coast guard building.
Taiwan’s West Most Point: GuoSheng Lighthouse 國聖燈塔
After a few more riding along the seawall, our Tainan History and Coastal Ride finally reached the west most point of main Taiwan island, marked by the GuoSheng Lighthouse 國聖燈塔.
Here the road was completely covered under the sands, so it’s cyclocross time!
The power tower like structure was the lighthouse.
Originally I planned to cycled along the entire seawall, but I had have enough the ultra-hot temperature and bailed out through the bird watching road.