The Yongheshan Loop 永和山水庫, Sanwan Township, Taiwan

The Yongheshan Reservoir
The Yongheshan Reservoir 永和山水庫, Sanwan Township, Miaoli, Taiwan

 

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Yongheshan is roughly translated as”Mountain with a wing ” or, “Wing Mountain”.

We, as Filipinos, simply call it “Sanwan”, because it sounds like the famous name of a Saint/City (San Juan) in the Philippines.

Sanwan is translated in English as “Three Bay”. It’s a bit mountainous and it’s part of Miaoli.

 

The Yongheshan loop is in fact, a bit intimidating to accomplish for the uninitiated.

This Mountain serves as the training ground for cyclists. Both rookies and veterans that are just nearby, frequent this place. Some folks come here to hike or to observe nature.

If you’re fond of viewing Sakura flowers, then try to visit them while they bloom during winter. White(rare) and pink varieties can be found in here.

 

White Sakura
White Sakura in Yonghe mountain.

 

pink Sakura
Pink Sakura in Yongheshan.

 

 

I’m writing this blog to serve as a guide for those who are not yet familiar with “The Yongheshan Loop”, as there’s a probability of getting lost if someone’s not properly oriented in traversing this place.

This mountain is approximately 100 meters above sea level.

In case you’ll get lost, just open this link and simply follow it back to Toufen city.

 

Toufen Bridge in Taiwan
The Red Toufen Bridge in Taiwan.

 

Toufen Bridge in Google Maps

 

First, look for the red/orange Toufen Bridge. This bridge is a 15-minute drive(by bike)  from Toufen City.

You can use the above Google Map link as a guide. We’ll use the bridge as the landmark.

 

Next, just go straight ahead until you reach the intersection at the 7-11 convenience store.

7-11 in Sanwan, Miaoli
The 7-11 convenience store in Sanwan.

 

Then just keep on going until you reach the OK Convenience Store (image below).

OK Convenience Store in Yonghe, Sanwan.

 

 

Turn right again after entering the entry point besides the OK Store.

 

At this point, you’ll now notice a gradual ascent.

Start shifting gears.

 

This climb to Yongheshan is a bit steep. Don’t be troubled if you won’t make it at first. Just keep on practicing. There will always be room for improvement.

Now, as you go on, you will eventually pass through these:

 

Top of Yongheshan
View at the top of Yongheshan.

 

Sanwan Township, Miaoli.
Enjoy the Scenery.

 

Yonghe rest area.
You can take some rest here.

 

Yongheshan
Rest area in Yonghe, Sanwan.

 

Upon reaching this point, you must pay attention to the sign below.

You must turn left.

This way to Yongheshan.
Turn left to Sanwan-Nanjhuang.

 

Horse Statue in Yongheshan.
Turn right. Don’t go to the left as this will lead you to a private road/property.

 

As you go along, you will pass through these:

Yongheshan oranges
Orange Trees in Sanwan.

 

Sakura tree in Yongheshan
Yongheshan Reservoir in the background. Sakura tree in the foreground.

 

Direction that leads to Yongheshan reservoir.
Turn left. This will lead you to Yongheshan Reservoir.

 

Turn left again. This will still lead you again to Yongheshan reservoir.
Turn left. This will lead you to the reservoir/dam.

 

near the end of the Yongheshan Loop.
Once you reach this point, you’re now close to completing the Yongheshan Loop.

 

The Yongheshan Reservoir
The Yongheshan Reservoir in Sanwan, Miaoli.

 

My Yongheshan Loop Video

 

Be especially cautious during descents.

Please don’t forget to wear a  helmet.

Safety first!

 

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Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park, Taiwan

Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park
An aerial view of the Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park in Miaoli, Taiwan.

Updated on January 27,2018

The Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park is situated in Dingpu Village, Zhunan, Miaoli, Taiwan.

 

This is a 123-hectare base that serves as a satellite park of Hsinchu Science Park and is now popularly known as Jhunan/Zhunan Science Park.

 

Companies like Innolux, Impax, Tysonbio(my workplace), Mycenax, AOT, Gintech and many others can be found here. This Science Park is equipped with extensive infrastructure and public facilities.

It incorporates biotechnology, electronics and telecommunication projects.

It currently employs thousands of workers, both locals, and foreigners of diverse origins.

Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park is a self-sustaining and effectual entity that it has even its own sewage system that handles rainwater and wastewater separately.

 

 

My workplace in Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.
My workplace. Actually, there are lots of Filipinos and other nationalities that are employed here at Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.

 

 

This is a modern park that is unsparingly equipped with ubiquitous bike lanes, parks, benches and public facilities.

So, if you’re just nearby and if at times you’re longing for a place intended for a cozy and a casual walk, then simply head on to this Park.

 

Alternatively, you could also grab your bike instead and just aimlessly wander.


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There are designated bike lanes here and their ubiquitousness is quite obvious.

 

Taiwan government and its citizens strongly support cycling. There are even dedicated Cycling Routes that are strategically designated all around the island.

 

Cycling Route sign in Taiwan
A Cycling Route sign in Taiwan.

 

Here is a free and downloadable guide, if you’ll be wishing to cycle around Taiwan. A printed version is also available, but of course, you will have to shell out some reasonable amount of money for that.

 

 

Reservoir in the park.
The reservoir inside the Park. You can see birds, fishes, and turtles here.
The trees here also shelter squirrels. Some folks do have picnics here, as well.

 

 

trees in NHRI
A relaxing spot in NHRI.

 

 

 

Autumn in Science Park, Taiwan.
Inside of NHRI. This image was taken last Autumn.

 

 

Another image of the Reservoir in Zhunan.
Another image of the Reservoir. This is surrounded by Eucalyptus Trees.

 

 

Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park is easily accessible. If you’re from Hsinchu, you can take the bus with numbers 5801 or 5807. You can download an application that can check their location. The iBus app is both available in iOS and Android.

 

 

 

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Administrative Building of Zhunan Science Park.
The Administrative Building of Zhunan Science Park.

 

This Administrative building houses the Zhunan Postal Office, Police Station, Mega International Commercial Bank of Taiwan, and the THSR bus terminal (located on the rear side).

 

The THSR Shuttle buses take trips regularly. Just don’t forget to check out their website for an updated schedule. Use Easycard or Yoyo Card in order to ride this shuttle bus. You can avail of that in convenience stores like Family Mart, 7-11, etc.

 

The Bullet Train/Taiwan High-Speed Railway Shuttle bus routes.
The THSR/Taiwan High-Speed Railway Shuttle bus routes.

 

 

THSR Shuttle Bus Route Sign in Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.

 

 

There are actually two kinds of Shuttle buses in here. These are 101 and 101A.

The 101 or the Orange Line bus originates from Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park Terminal Station and travels all the way through Shei-pa National Park Headquarters.

 

While the Black Line bus comes from Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park Terminal Station and travels all the way through THSR Miaoli Station ONLY. Please pay attention to that matter.

 

Both buses travel vice versa. Just carefully check their schedules respectively.

 

This Park has also its own 7-11  Convenience Store that is conveniently located near my workplace.

 

7-11 Convenience Store in Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.
7-11 Convenience Store in Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.

 

The NHRI in Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.

 

NHRI
Inside the NHRI’ s compound or The National Health Research Institute.

If you’re searching for a quiet place to jog, or to just walk then try to visit the NHRI compound.

You can also bring your bike if you wish to. The scenery here is so placid and folks rarely visit this place.

 

A sole bench in NHRI.
One of my favorite images that were taken in NHRI.

 

Everyone might have initially guessed that outsiders are not welcome here. They’re absolutely wrong. Entry is allowed as long as you only have the good intention to jog or to just simply walk around.

Due to its vastness, you’ll certainly be surprised the first time you’re gonna visit this place.

You will eventually realize that it almost occupies the half of Science Park. And yes, it’s beautiful inside.

This place is really worth checking out.

 

firetree in Taiwan
A Fire Tree in Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.

 

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Don’t forget to take with you, your bug spray though, to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects, if you’ll be here in spring or summer.

 

I think it’s quite okay to bring some foods or drinks in here. Just don’t forget to properly throw your trash away, as there are lots of trash bins in here too.

 

 

Another image taken inside the NHRI compound in Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park.
Another image that was taken inside the NHRI compound.

 

 

"A Glass of Red Wine." Something to ponder, ain't it?
“A Glass of Red Wine.” Something to ponder, ain’t it?

 

Zhunan 竹南鎮 Science Park, Miaoli, Taiwan

 

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Biking and Kitesurfing in Zhunan 竹南鎮, Taiwan

Zhunan 竹南鎮 in Taiwan actually means “Bamboo Town”.

updated on May 07, 2018

Biking and Kitesurfing in Zhunan 竹南鎮, Taiwan
The iconic sail-like design of 龍鳳 Lóngfèng Harbor Bridge. Behind is the beach, and the spot where most people prefer to swim.

I have no idea, why Zhunan town is called as such. What really first crossed my mind, was the abundance of bamboo in this town during the old times. And that made people call Zhunan, “The Bamboo Town”. Maybe. Who knows?

I’ve searched the web about the origin of its name and found nothing. Instead, what showed up is Changhua (located in central part of Taiwan) which is also called “bamboo town”, primarily because there was a fortress that was made out of bamboo during the ancient times.

Zhunan traditionally was a beach and a fishing community. It’s closely associated with Matsu, the sea goddess. Protector of sailors and fishermen. That’s according to Wikipedia.

 

docked boats in Longfeng Harbor, Zhuanan
Fishing boats are currently docked in Longfeng Harbor and I don’t see any that dares to voyage due to strong winds.

 

An elevated terrace overlooking the sea at the 龍鳳Lóngfèng(Dragon Phoenix)  harbor.

 

龍鳳Lóngfèng means Dragon Phoenix. Right within the harbor’s vicinity are a Fish Market and several seafood restaurants.

Further south is the Bike Trail’s starting point.

 

The 8-kilometer,150-hectare seaside forest begins at 龍鳳 Lóngfèng Harbor(North) and ends at Zhonggang Estuary in the south.

It is known for its captivating scenery and diverse ecosystem.

Its landscape includes forest, wetlands, sand dunes, and beaches.

Uninterrupted hiking/biking trails stretch from north to south. Outdoor sports facilities are even built along the trails.

Folks visit this recreation spot for Surfing, Kitesurfing, sightseeing, biking/exercise, picnics, observing nature or for a casual walk.

 

 
Bike trail entrance in zhunan
This is the entrance and as you enter, you will initially be greeted with dwarf Banana trees. Take note of the Pine trees too. I wonder why they’re so many in here.

 

central part in zhunan beach
This is the “Central” part where Spot Beach Club is located. Most visitors prefer having picnics here. Foreigners of diverse origins also frequent this place.
 
kitesurfing in Zhunan
Upon getting off at Zhunan Train Station, grab a taxi to get to this place. Don’t forget to take his/her contact number.

If you are fond of surfing or perhaps on kitesurfing, then Qiding beach must be included in your itinerary.

If you’ll visit the beach, you’ll instantly notice the swells. They’re not just ordinary waves. That’s why swimming here is prohibited. That’s according to the signs that are installed on the beach.

Though some stubborn folks still do, and I’m one of them. Haha!

If you don’t know how to swim, it’ll be much better not to take your chances. Better be safe than sorry.

Anyway, if you’re new to surfing or kitesurfing, and is eager to learn, then SPOT’s in charge. They are actually located here in the Central part and are currently offering lessons(surfing) and equipment rentals.

Please check their website here.

 

Spot Club location in Zhunan
The Central part. Show this image to a Taxi Driver, in case you won’t be able to find the place.
Spot Beach Club in Zhunan Beach

 

If you and your friends are planning a picnic, then try the (central)spot. But be aware of the newly fitted sign though.

IT says “No BBQ/s”.

Actually, there are numerous points where you can stay.

They are literally dispersed as you traverse the trail.

There are comfort rooms too. Be cautious though, because installed electrical outlets in restrooms are actually electrified and are usually rated 110 Volts.

 

 
Ebikes in Zhunan
E-Bikes conveniently parked under a shed. First, you’d have to have an Easycard(Yoyo card) to access them. Second, register your Easycard in kiosks that can be found at bike stations. Easycard is usually available at convenience stores like Family Mart, 7-11, OK Mart, etc.
 

 

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shed for resting in Zhunan
Whenever you’ll feel exhausted, there will always be rest areas such as this. You can buy beverage/s at Spot’s, but be informed that there are actually no stores along the trail. So, while hiking/biking, it’ll be wise to bring with you always a bottle of water, and of course, a little snack might be handy, as well.
Zhunan Hiking
A structure for an outdoor exercise. Go straight thru this point and you’ll eventually find a shed where you can have a picnic with your friends.

Zhunan bike trail
The bike trail.
informative signs in Zhunan bike trail
Hiking on this trail will be like an educational tour as you pass by at informative signs such as this.
Zhonggang Estuary
The end of the trail at Zhonggang estuary.

 

Welcome to Zhonggang Estuary, where the river actually meets the ocean. You have reached the end of the trail!

Located in here is the Zhunan Incinerating Plant, a lake, and at the right side is the sea.

Kitesurfers also come to this spot.

There are designated points where everyone can have picnics. Parking lots and restrooms are available here as well.

red bridge at a calm lake in zhunan
A red bridge at a calm lake near Zhonggang Estuary.
Zhunan power plant
The Zhunan Incinerating Plant.
 

 

 

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Haowangjiao 好望角 in Houlong, Taiwan 

Haowangjiao, century old tunnel, fossil layer…

Haowangjiao 好望角, Taiwan Beaches
Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角 in Houlong, Taiwan

 

 

The Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角, Houlong, Taiwan.

 

5 scenic spots in 1 place!

 

Yes! You’re reading it right! If you’ve been longing to visit this particular spot, then you’re in luck that you just stumbled upon this site.

 

There are actually five delighting spots in here that are worthy to visit.

 

 

  1. Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角

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  1. Qinghai Temple 清海宮

 

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  1. Guogang  Tunnel 過港隧道

 

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  1. Fossil Layer 化石層

 

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  1. Cape Paradise 海角樂園

Hǎi jiǎo lèyuán

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Riding a bike to get to The Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角 will take nearly an hour and a half.

 

To make things simpler, our point of origin will be at Lóngfèng Harbor 竹南鎮 in Zhunan.

If you’re riding a bike or a scooter, please take a moment to examine the image below.

 

This will lead you to The Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
Longfeng Harbor Intersection

 

Take heed, that the two inner lanes are dedicated to fast moving vehicles only. YOU SHOULD NOT ENTER any of these.

The two outer lanes are for slow moving vehicles. And yes, that includes your bike. Commence here.

 

 

If you’re not yet familiar with traveling through Taiwan, then I suggest that you must engage in a group ride first. Always take with you your GPS capable phone, and a backup battery or a power bank.

 

If you want more tips on what to pack for a ride, then you should visit GCN’s Channel on Youtube.

 

I also ride with groups, but oftentimes I prefer riding alone because it gives me a sense of freedom. I’m always free to choose when the right time to stop. When to have a little break or whenever I feel the need to take images.

 

A sign on the road like the succeeding image is widespread all throughout the Island. You should always watch out for such if you’re riding on hybrid expressways. That’s your lane as a cyclist, definitely.

 

bike sign
Common Bike Lane Sign In Taiwan

 

rice field
Rice fields that seem endless as you travel through Zhunan-Houlong Route.

 

The agricultural sector in Taiwan is not being left behind and is instead significantly supported by the government. For it greatly supports the food security, development of rural communities, and mainly for the conservation of Taiwan.

Implementation of high-technology in farming is obviously utilized here.

 

Estuary in Zhunan
An image of the Zhonggang Estuary.

 

 

The above image is the Zhonggang Estuary. This is the point where the river absolutely greets the ocean. On the right side (not shown) is the Zhunan Incinerating Plant.

You will definitely pass along this particular area if you’d prefer to choose the Zhunan-Houlong route.

 

 

Near Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
Upon reaching this point, you should turn right. This will lead you to The Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角.

 

 

turn left
Turn left.

 

 

This time you have to turn left. You can go straight ahead, but this will lead you to a stairway. Of course, that too will lead you up to Haowangjiao, but you have to let your bike stay down below.

 

Beginning of descent in Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
All throughout the journey, this will be the steepest point. Start shifting your gears.

 

 

a sign in cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
You can see this sign upon arrival at the top.

 

 

Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
The peak of the mountain overlooking the Taiwan Strait. You have arrived at the Cape of Good Hope.

 

 

The pulchritudinous Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角 never ceases to amaze me. There are times that I just want to put down the camera and just prefer in indulging myself in admiring the view. As James Thurber once said, “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention”.

Profound. Isn’t it?

 

A flock of people is always here during weekends and holidays. Don’t worry about the parking space if a car is your preferred means of transport to get here. There’s an ample space at the top. And yes, there are comfort rooms too.

And if you’re hungry or just want to have a bite, then there’s nothing to worry about. There are literally vendors here that sell beverages and snacks.

 

 

 

food vendors

bbq in Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
Food Stalls in Haowangjiao.

 

tourists enjoying the view at the top of Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
Further down below is the stairway that descends directly to the railway. In the background is the Taiwan Strait.

 

 

According to Wikipedia, the township’s name (Houlong) originates from that of a Taiwanese Plains Aborigines’ settlement. During the Kingdom of Tungning, the place was called Aulangsia (Chinese: 後壠社). Other variants of Aulang existed (Chinese: 凹浪/後壟; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Āu-lâng).[2] In 1920, the place was renamed Kōryū Village (Japanese: 後龍庄), under Chikunan District (竹南郡), Shinchiku Prefecture.

Did you know that Aborigines have been living in Taiwan long before the Chinese came? They’ve been here for thousands of years before the arrival of Chinese people. Taiwan was once a Dutch colony and the capital was Tainan and not Taipei.

 

 

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Many Taiwanese are actually Austronesians. The same group where Filipinos, Indonesians, Malaysians, Maori people of Hawaii/New Zealand and Thais belong. That’s the reason why you come across people that look exactly like Filipinos when you explore the highland territories.

Their hair color, skin color, height, and other striking physiological resemblances are very plain to see.

Notice also their language. It’s not even Chinese at all.

Example are Paiwan people that are located in southern Taiwan.

Their language is actually related to “Ilocano”, my native dialect.

 

Their’s even a scientific theory that all Austronesians actually originated from Taiwan.

As of June 2014, 16 groups have been recognized.

We’ll not dig deeper into this, but if you’re intrigued, you can search for a documentary made by BBC, titled South Pacific. In addition to this, search for the movie賽德克·巴萊Seediq Bale.

The most expensive movie that Taiwan has ever produced.

This movie is based on true historical events and you’ll certainly learn more about the history of Taiwan after watching it. You’ll be surprised to find out, that the protagonist Mona Rudao looks exactly like a typical Filipino.

 

 

Structure in Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiao 好望角
Is Haowangjiao once a fortified place?

 

This military structure makes me imagine that machine guns actually protruded through these holes during World War II, perhaps. Or were they just recently made?

 

Or were they just built just in case? Anyway, I won’t go further into that matter.

And yes, you can find such structures at the top of Cape of Good Hope.

 

If you’re done visiting Haowangjiao, then perhaps you may want to check out the other nearby scenic/historic spots too.

 

That includes:

The giant Matsu statue, the Historic Train Tunnel, The Fossil layer and Cape Paradise (beach).

 

Buddhist Temple in Houlong
Qinghai Temple清海宮 with The Giant Mazu Statue in the background.

 

 

Sea Goddess Mazu in Cape of Good Hope, Haowangjiaoangjiao 好望角 (Taiwan Beaches)
The giant statue of sea Goddess Matsu overlooking the Taiwan Strait.

 

 

Sign at The Old Tunnel
A sign at the Historic Train Tunnel

 

Gougang Tunnel in Houlong
Gougang Tunnel’s Entrance

 

 

Welcome sign at The Tunnel's entrance
You can see this right at the Tunnel’s Entrance

 

 

 

An informative sign at the Fossil Layer.

 

 

The Fossil Layer Site

 

 

This spot intrigues me a lot. Here’s an ancient definitive evidence of a violent Tectonic Plates activity. Notice the sediment layers. Why are they tilted?

 

This is due to earthquakes in the past. The violent force is so evident that ancient sea floor is even lifted above sea level. This is how mountains are formed over time.

But take heed that not all mountains are formed this way. Some are actually spewed out by volcanoes. Anyway, we’ll not dig deeper into that.

 

Cape Paradise.

 

 

Taiwan Beaches
A man trying his luck in Cape Paradise.

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

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The Stunning 17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area in Hsinchu, Taiwan 

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.

windmill in shangshan
Starting Point of the 17 Kilometer Scenic Area

 

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.

An informative sign at Shiangshan Wetland

 

17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area
Behind the sand dunes is the wetland.

 

16 Kilometres more to explore.

 

One of the five bridges along the 17-kilometer path.

 

The Harp Bridge

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.

17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area
A large rock at the Shiangshan Wetland.

 

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.

An elevated viewing deck at Shiangshan Wetland.

 

 

A very straight path at Shiangshan

 

A biker riding on a trail shaded by Balete trees. I call this part, “The Balete Drive”.

 

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.

A mouth of a river that eventually leads to Taiwan Strait.

 

Wood debris that is washed off with the coast. Some are bamboos that I guess were once part of rafts or perhaps were once used as outriggers for small boats.

 

A red cycling lobster, I reckon.

 

It’s a windy day and that is what makes the water a bit wavy.

 

The Hsinchu Refuse Resource Recovery Plant is in the background.

 

A large fish statue which marks The Seaview Park.

 

Kanhai Park.
Loveboat sign in the17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area
The Loveboat Sign

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.

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Bike Rentals Shop near Hsinchu Harbor

 

A typical four-seater bike.

 

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.

Bikes for rent in the 17 Kilometer Scenic Coastal Area
Bikes for rent in Nanliao

 

Parking Space is not a problem here.

 

Small Fishing Boats are currently docked at Nanliao Harbor

 

Larger fishing boats are docked beside the Hsinchu Fish Market (left).

 

The Nanliao Tourist Information Center

 

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.

The Hsinchu Fish Market in Nanliao 南寮觀光漁市

 

Stunning sunset at Kanhai Park. I captured this when I was about to head back home.

 

Google maps coordinates (Nanliao)

Google maps coordinates (Shangshan/Xiangshan Wetlands)

Check out my RELIVE! ride here

 

 

Kanhai Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you – Anonymous

 

Updated on January 27, 2018.