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新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu Coastline Bike Trail)

posted by Martin Rubli at 18:42

A few months ago we got a Garmin Dakota 20 outdoor GPS to make our hiking and biking trips more flexible and give them a higher chance of succeeding. Since a lot of trails are quite poorly marked in Taiwan it has proved to be immensely helpful. Also, the accuracy is much higher than with my old GPS logger, so my Panoramio photos should now be spot-on. :-)

Unfortunately the weekend weather hasn't been as good as we'd have liked it and the first time we went biking with our new GPS we ended up caught in a thunderstorm and pushing our bikes through ankle-deep mud. While the pictures from that trip still aren't quite ready here are some from a more recent trip we did during perfect biking weather. Perfectly dry and neither too cold nor too hot.

Hsinchu doesn't have many tourist attractions. Aside from a 17 km bike trail along the coastline (last time I went a little more than half of it was still under construction) there's not much for easy biking, especially if you don't want to constantly turn circles around other bikers.

However, there's one bike trail that seems to be mostly unheard of: the 新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu County Coastline Bike Trail). Even though some parts are still in construction and bikers are rerouted through small and quiet side streets it's quite nice and peaceful. It starts in East Hsinchu and leads North past the 新月沙灘 (Xin Yue Beach) all the way to 羊寮 (Yang liao).

This time we only made it a little more than half-way because it was getting dark. The rest will have to wait for another day.


Map of the 新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu Coastline Bike Trail). (Click here for a bigger version.)

Map of the 新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu Coastline Bike Trail). ([local:/gallery/data/hsinchu-coastline-bike-trail/images/original/20101121-154033_IL0472_FX520.jpg Click here] for a bigger version.)

The mouth of the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river) along which part of the bike trail goes. Most of that area is still under construction though and the bike trail instead leads through the small roads of a residential area.

The mouth of the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river) along which part of the bike trail goes. Most of that area is still under construction though and the bike trail instead leads through the small roads of a residential area.

A little rest stop on the dam of the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river).

A little rest stop on the dam of the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river).

The river park of a small side stream of the 鳳山溪 (Feng shan river).

The river park of a small side stream of the 鳳山溪 (Feng shan river).

Almost the entire stream is inhabited by mangroves (紅樹林).

Almost the entire stream is inhabited by mangroves (紅樹林).

Sunset mood on the 新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu Coastline Bike Trail).

Sunset mood on the 新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu Coastline Bike Trail).

This little bridge leads from the bike trail to the 鳳山溪橋 (Feng shan river bridge).

This little bridge leads from the bike trail to the 鳳山溪橋 (Feng shan river bridge).

We were a little surprised once we arrived here. The bike bridge leads right to the southbound side of the 鳳山溪橋 (Feng shan river bridge). We're not quite sure whether we missed one of the not-so-obvious bike trail signs or whether bikers are indeed supposed to cross the bridge in the wrong direction. Luckily traffic was very light, so we plucked up our courage and went ahead.
台15線
鳳山溪橋

We were a little surprised once we arrived here. The bike bridge leads right to the southbound side of the 鳳山溪橋 (Feng shan river bridge). We're not quite sure whether we missed one of the not-so-obvious bike trail signs or whether bikers are indeed supposed to cross the bridge in the wrong direction. Luckily traffic was very light, so we plucked up our courage and went ahead.
台15線
鳳山溪橋

On the north side of the 鳳山溪 (Feng shan river) the dam is painted with beautiful aquatic scenes.

On the north side of the 鳳山溪 (Feng shan river) the dam is painted with beautiful aquatic scenes.

The entrance to the 新月沙灘 (Xin yue beach).

The entrance to the 新月沙灘 (Xin yue beach).

Looking northwards from 新月沙灘 (Xin Yue Beach).

Looking northwards from 新月沙灘 (Xin Yue Beach).

The ocean near 新月沙灘 (Xin Yue Beach).

The ocean near 新月沙灘 (Xin Yue Beach).

Large parts of the 新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu Coastline Bike Trail) are actually not quite along the coast but go through forest areas further inland.

Large parts of the 新竹縣濱海自行車道 (Hsinchu Coastline Bike Trail) are actually not quite along the coast but go through forest areas further inland.

This is the entrance to a short connecting part of the bike trail between two roads.

This is the entrance to a short connecting part of the bike trail between two roads.

On the other side is the 台15線. The bike trail follows it for a few hundred meters before it turns into a more quiet area again.

On the other side is the 台15線. The bike trail follows it for a few hundred meters before it turns into a more quiet area again.

The bike trail goes along the tunnel that covers the 台15線.

The bike trail goes along the tunnel that covers the 台15線.

On this section of the coastline trail you can even see the ocean once in a while. :-)

On this section of the coastline trail you can even see the ocean once in a while. :-)

Sunset over the ocean.

Sunset over the ocean.

The old 海岸路 (Hai an road), which is now a bike trail (with the occasional "lost" scooter or car).

The old 海岸路 (Hai an road), which is now a bike trail (with the occasional "lost" scooter or car).

The north entrance to the 海岸路 (Hai an road) bike trail.

The north entrance to the 海岸路 (Hai an road) bike trail.

The 弘法宮 (Hong Fa temple) by night. This temple is very "bling-bling" - everything is full with blinking LEDs.

The 弘法宮 (Hong Fa temple) by night. This temple is very "bling-bling" - everything is full with blinking LEDs.

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