17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area
Hsinchu, officially known as Hsinchu City
(Chinese: 新竹市), is a city in northern Taiwan.
It is popularly nicknamed “The Windy City” (Chu Chien) for its windy climate. Hsinchu is administered as a provincial city within Taiwan.
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Longing for a bike ride and haven’t decided where to go this weekend?
The 17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area is waiting to be included in your itinerary.
This strikingly beautiful bike trail stretches from Nangang Hsinchu to Nanliao Village.
The collaboration of three Southeast Asian countries Japan, South Korea and Taiwan resulted in the materialization of this project.
This scenic coastline boasts an abundance of leisure activities and diverse ecological resources that attract both local and international tourists.
The incumbent Mayor Lin Chih-chien 林智堅 Lín Zhìjiān recently decided to further improve the project.
As of this writing, Siangshan Crab Viewing Area and the Nangang Birdwatching Ecological Park will combine with the existing fishing port, beaches, Nangang Canal, Mangrove Forest, Siangshan Wetland, and the Southern Tip Sand Dunes, forming a completed 17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area.
That is the famous Harp Bridge. Here, you can witness photographers on the other side of the bridge at dusk, where everyone patiently anticipates for the sunset hoping to have a beautiful and clean shot of the setting sun.
In front of this informative large rock is the Shiangshan Wetland.
During low tide, people actually come here to gather clams (“tulya” in Filipino).
There are also vendors here that offer beverages and grilled squids.
You can also find parking spaces and nearby restrooms here.
If you’d prefer to explore the 17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area by summer, then don’t forget to wear sunblock or shades. Majority of the area has no shade at all. The previous image is the only point where the path is actually shaded by trees.
That is the Loveboat Sign at the Seaview Park. There used to be bikes for rent here. At the back is a restroom (not shown). People prefer swimming here. Photographers even do photo shoots in this area.
Kanhai Park used to be the place where ashes were dumped from the city’s garbage incinerator. The ground level here is a bit steep because the ashes were buried here. Over time, it added up and eventually formed what is now known as “The Kanhai Park”. Now, its lawn is beautifully covered with grass and is a great place to view the ocean and of course, the wonderful sunset. It is now one of the cornerstone points of the 17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area.
If you’re planning to commute instead of carrying your bike with you, then that’s okay. There are actually many types of bicycles here that are for rent. Some are even battery-powered.
Refer to the images above.
Bikes for rent are also available upon getting off at Nanliao Bus Station.
Nanliao Tourist Spot is currently under improvement. Notice the backhoe on the right. But restaurants are still open, and yes you can still visit this place.