Length: 40km round-trip
A fantastic ride cycling along the seashore through a coastal forest. This ride is just one part of a bike trail that goes along the coast for over 100km. This section will take you south along the coast, mostly through forest, to just across the river from Hsinchu.
Access: take a local train to Fugang station (1 hour from Taipei station), then take a taxi to the 永安漁港觀光漁市 fishing port. A taxi from Fugang costs about $250.
There is also a free shuttle bus that runs every half hour from Fugang station to the fishing port.
To find bike rentals walk back along the highway and take the first right. The road, with a bike trail on it, will cross a stream. There are several bike rental shops a couple of hundred meters after the bridge.
The fishing port is similar to Fisherman’s Wharf in Danshui. There are a lot of seafood stalls in the port and a Greek themed restaurant on the second floor, but there are no English menus anywhere.
From the bike rental shop following the trail going south along the coast. The bike trail starts off as being part of a road, but will soon become a bike only path a little further on. This 6km stretch from the port to a temple is the most popular and is full of families on large tandem bikes. The trail is also very wide here so this is not a problem and you can still ride easily. There are also many snack and drink stalls along the way.
After about 6km you’ll reach the temple area. There are many snacks stalls and games for kids around here. There also more bike rental stands around here. The free shuttle bus from Fugang Station finishes at the temple. Behind the temple is another Greek themed restaurant, but again there is no English menu. A little further back, up the main highway, there is another café. This is the only place around that has an English menu. The café can be reached by turning off the bike trail about 1km before the temple.
Few people ride the trail heading south from the temple. Just follow the dashed lines painted on the road. These lines mark the route of the bike trail. The lines will lead you over a small creek, past a village, across the highway, and back into the forest.
After riding for 4.5km the trail crosses another river surrounded by mangroves. There are boardwalks going through the mangroves. The ground here is covered by thousands of little white crabs all swinging their one large claw around defending their few square inches of territory.
From here keep following the bike trail sign. The way is marked by signs and dashed lines in the road. After passing the mangroves there are even less people on the bike trail. The trail goes through a short stretch of forest, then turns to follow along the seashore for a couple of kilometers. Keep following the dashed lines. The trail the turns left and leads you to the main highway. The highway enters a tunnel here, look for a bike trail branching off from the highway just before the tunnel. The trail joins with the highway at the end of the road tunnel at a small village. Ride along the highway through here to rejoin the trail on the other side of the village a few hundred meters down the highway.
After 2km from the village you’ll come to beach. This makes for a good place to stop and rest before heading back. If you are interested in riding further, from here the bike trail continues on over the river and into Hsinchu, from where it continues south along the coast. Please see my Hsinchu entry for details on another great ride along the coast starting from there.
Photo Gallery of the Ride