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好望角 (Hao wang jiao)

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:58

好望角 (Hao wang jiao) shares its name with the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. The view doesn't quite measure up and the snack stands at the top don't even come close to wild Ostriches, but it's much more convenient to get there.

So with autumn slowly approaching we decided to take the opportunity of one of the last summery weekends and head south, about a scooter hour away from Hsinchu. It's basically a hill, a few kilometers of coastline and a handful of wind turbines, but despite its simplicity it makes for a beautiful scenery.


A wind turbine at the top of 好望角 (Hao wang jiao).

A wind turbine at the top of 好望角 (Hao wang jiao).

The coast and the hills around the area are a small wind farm.

The coast and the hills around the area are a small wind farm.

I don't know what it is with people pointing into their photos - photos are supposed to lead the viewer's eye to the right place. This girl was exclusively taking photos of her finger. Apparently the beautiful landscape doesn't speak for itself.

I don't know what it is with people pointing into their photos - photos are supposed to lead the viewer's eye to the right place. This girl was exclusively taking photos of her finger. Apparently the beautiful landscape doesn't speak for itself.

We picked a great day to go there. After a week of freezing cold weather (temperatures between 20-25 °C ;-) we had real summer temperatures again.

We picked a great day to go there. After a week of freezing cold weather (temperatures between 20-25 °C ;-) we had real summer temperatures again.

The trail down to the coast.

The trail down to the coast.

The beautifully decorated blue sky.

The beautifully decorated blue sky.

From here there are two trails down to the coast.

From here there are two trails down to the coast.

Wind turbines on the hill of 好望角 (Hao wang jiao).

Wind turbines on the hill of 好望角 (Hao wang jiao).

A small scarp where long-buried shells and other sea animals are visible in stacked sediment layers.

A small scarp where long-buried shells and other sea animals are visible in stacked sediment layers.

The some eighty meters high hill of 好望角 (Hao wang jiao) as seen from the coast.

The some eighty meters high hill of 好望角 (Hao wang jiao) as seen from the coast.

Wind turbines close to 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan).

Wind turbines close to 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan).

A wind turbine at 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan). Literally the name translates to "Cape Paradise" but if paradise has that much trash and broken glass lying around I'd rather stay out of paradise.

A wind turbine at 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan). Literally the name translates to "Cape Paradise" but if paradise has that much trash and broken glass lying around I'd rather stay out of paradise.

Pebble beach at 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan).

Pebble beach at 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan).

Tidal ponds near 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan). Note the beautiful tires enhancing the scenery ...

Tidal ponds near 海角樂園 (Hai jiao le yuan). Note the beautiful tires enhancing the scenery ...

An old railway tunnel. You can actually walk through but because we didn't know where we would end up we decided to take a raincheck.

An old railway tunnel. You can actually walk through but because we didn't know where we would end up we decided to take a raincheck.

The second trail back up to 好望角 (Hao wang jiao).

The second trail back up to 好望角 (Hao wang jiao).


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