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