Strolling from Lizihnei Station to Cianjhen Star Station
◎English translation: Hou Ya-ting
◎Photos by Lan Ciou-huei, Pao Chung-hui
Kaohsiung Light Rail's Lizihnei (C1) Station is located at the intersection of Kaisyuan 4th Road, Rueilong Road, and Yisin Road. Rueilong Road has many well-known eateries and restaurants, among them the not-to-be-missed Old Brand Chicken Rice. Its signature dish of chicken rice entices customers to come back again and again. When Old Brand Chicken Rice serves its signature dish, each grain of rice is firm and fluffy. Even after pouring on the dense, slightly sweet sauce, the rice does not become mushy, but rather brings out the original chicken flavor. Another culinary pleasure is the tenderness of the chicken slices stacked on the rice. Great care is taken to avoid overcooking the meat, which could lead to dry, chewy textures.
On Kaisyuan 4th Road, Kaisyuan Rueitian (C2) Station is next to the Whole Fun Membership Night Market and Kaisyuan Night Market. There visitors can sample many kinds of local food as well as some novelties. On weekends, visitors can head toward Kaisyuan Night Market to explore the flea market which starts at 7 a.m. An incredibly wide range of items is sold here, everything from screwdrivers to toys to imported pottery. Visitors can also find stalls selling fresh seafood. If they feel tired after hunting for treasure in the flea market, they can get a cup of fresh juice or sample some oden (Japanese-style snacks stewed in a light broth) to restore their energy.
The Light Rail's Cianjhen Star (C3) Station intersects with Kaisyuan Station on Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System's Red Line. The Star of Cianjhen bike bridge, from which there are panoramic views, is here. On clear days, it is possible to see as far as Shoushan. After dark, when the bridge is illuminated, it has a romantic ambiance. The nearby Aboriginal Park on Cueiheng North Road displays tribal totems and elements of indigenous architecture. Aboriginal sculptors have also contributed works inspired by indigenous mythology.
Kaohsiung Light Rail makes for relaxing travel, through which both visitors and residents will gain unexpected and in-depth experiences of the urban environment.