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Taroko to Kending

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29th April, 2008

Fengguizui bypassing the Ziqiang tunnel

handlebar.jpg This Sunday was originally meant to take us to Fushan down in Wulai, a longish ride for a half day ride, but we had to change this plan since H had other arrangements for the afternoon. Instead, we decided to go up Wuzhishan to Fengguizui again, but along a slightly different route that bypasses the Ziqiang tunnel and the National Palace Museum, making the whole ride a much more pleasant experience. For the first time, I managed to reach Fengguizui "in a single breath" as the Chinese say (一口氣 for those who are so inclined), ie, without interruption, not getting off the bike a single time. So did T and X. T needed 34 minutes, I did it in 35, and X in 38. That felt good.
Facts After leaving the river park through flood gate 16, you hit Jingye 3rd Road (敬業三路) which brings you out to Neihu Rd (內湖路) where you take a left toward the Ziqiang tunnel. Two (I think) red lights after hitting Neihu Rd, take a right on Jiannan Rd (劍南路). It's a moderate climb that brings you over the mountain instead of taking the tunnel through it. From Neihu Rd, it's 2km to the apex, and then you roll down for another 2.5km to hit Zhishan Rd quite a bit past the National Palace Museum, thus avoiding the tunnel and the busy area around the museum. Here's a map of the route, with both the tunnel and the Jiannan Rd options. When you open this map, there is a link to Google Earth, so if you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can see this map in Google 3D.
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2 comments to Fengguizui bypassing the Ziqiang tunnel

  • Ken

    Another popular expression for going up the mountain without any stops is
    不落地 (your foot not touching the ground). Just curious what was your time from the bridge to FGZ?

  • tbv

    Yah, but I think the “yi kou qi” expression is really cool. I did it in 35 minutes, but without timing it myself. Just went again this morning, and deliberately trying to improve that time, I managed it in 32 minutes. Now I’ll have to try to improve that time every time I go, so next time I’ll have to start taking down seconds as well:-)