The 👍 is in reference to the Like or 讚 in facebook lingo. I’d like to feature a few of the cool Taiwan-related pages that I follow, even if well, JR Chen’s Transportation World will not be of interest for many. However, as a Kaohsiung inhabitant and a fervent adept of public transportation, I find this fb page worth the few minutes of attention I devote to it.
The owner of the page appears to be a long time employee at the Kaohsiung public transportation department, and as such, has privileged access to the latest regarding the public transit of the city.
Below is a selection of curated pictures. All images are linked to their original source, so click on them for additional information, and if you want more, then give a thumb up at JR Chen’s Transportation World. Enjoy!
Central Park 中央公園, R9 — Before and After.
Drastic urban facelift! And look at that Olympic-size swimming pool, I want it back!
Light Rail C3 — Building the stop.
Light Rail — Welcome to Kaohsiung!
Kaohsiung Train Station MRT stop, R11 — Something is brewing.
Before I started to follow JR’s fb page, it never came to my attention that the current Kaohsiung Main Station MRT stop, R11, had always been meant as a temporary one. And indeed, this station has always felt so awkward to me, with no direct passageway to transfer to the train station, and so many flight of stairs to exit from it.
The future Kaohsiung Main Station.
The entire area around and underneath the Kaohsiung Main Station is being remodeled. From my understanding, the future Kaohsiung Main Station will be a hub for the high-speed rail, regular trains, the subway and hopefully a centralized bus station(?).
I’m rather estactic that all the tracks will go down-under, as a cyclist, this will make a HUGE difference in how I go out and about in the city.
Along the future Kaohsiung Port Terminal 港埠旅運中心, C9.
In 2017, the city of Kaohsiung should see the completion of the modernly architectured Kaohsiung Port Terminal, along the tramway route.
Making way for a tramway bridge, C11.
😥 Better public transportation means temporary sacrifices. This bridge was part of the biking/pedestrian trail along the waterfront and leading to the Pier-2 Art Center. A pleasure it was to have this safe and scenic route leading to the Pier-2 Art Center and the Siziwhan area.
Another tramway bridge, C6.
Another bike trail hijacked by tramway constructions. In the back with the ferris wheel, is the Dream Mall, while a blanket of smog shrouding the sky. On this section of the tramway, passengers will get a glimpse at the infamous and unglamorous industrial Kaohsiung.
Take me to the Pier-2 Art Center 駁二, C13, C14.
I orginally picked this picture just to show the future tracing of the tramway route, but then, upon looking closer, I realized that this was an old picture of the current Pier-2 駁二 area. I don’t remember for sure but I think I’ve actually driven on that on-ramp, lol. The on-ramp is now bye-bye, but the bridge has remained and been remodeled into some sort of public art space, called 天空雲台 which literaly translates as Sky Cloud Platform.
The funny thing is that when they inaugurated it last year, I thought of what a random piece of art this was, like someone had said “hey, let’s build a bridge in the middle of the park”. XD And living in Taiwan for some time now, I no longer question this kind of randomness, but in this case, it actually wasn’t random at all.
Formosa Boulevard Station, R10 & O5
This is the station that has tourists stopping for a few snapshots of the Dome of Light 光之穹頂.
Some other lesser known cool stuff at this station:
- a flea market 跳蚤市場 is regularly organized there, more info (in Chinese) here.
- an independent coffee shop is located inside the station, Apeuls 雅裴詩咖啡.
- indulge in your photo-op creativeness with the 3D floor painting in front of Apeuls.
- a grand piano is open and free for anyone confident enough to play in public, more info (in Chinese) on rules of usage here.
Stress Testing the MRT.