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Hsinchu Fishing Port

Bus: 15 (Get off at Nanliao Station where bicycles are available) Free Bus: 55

Nanliao Fishing Port is located at the what is now known as the Old Fishing Port along the 17 km coastline. A new fishing port was built because flowing sand movement on the sea floor resulted in blockage around the old port. However, it still retains the original ice-making plants and packing machinery that were used fo fill the boats as they left for the sea. Visit the Hsinchu City Fish Market here to buy fresh and seasonal seafood or taste the delicious dishes made-to-order from the catch of the day.

Public facilities within the fishing port are well planned, whether it be the access roads, or public utilities. In recent years, Taiwan’s recreational fisheries and marine tourism have become more prevelant and popular, so the city government has planned a recreational fishing and sports park for the area, allowing for development in the fishing port area and a diversification of function.
  • Location: North District, Hsinchu City, on the south side of the Toucian River estuary
  • Tourist Information Center: 03-5360185
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Toucian Fishing Pier, the Old Fishing Port
17 km Coastline Scenic Area

Bus: 15 (Get off at Nanliao Station where bicycles are available) Free Bus: 55

Hsinchu encompasses 17 kilometers of splendid blue coastline, and thousands of hectares of inter-tidal zones, becoming northern Taiwan’s largest coastal wetland area. The wetlands teem with life: shrimps, crabs and shellfish are readily found here. Hsinchu also boasts successful fishing ports. In additiion to tasting seafood , enjoying kite flying and experiencing the nature’s beauty of the fishing harbor, visitors can also enjoy the scenery by cycling.

The mangrove park, birdwatching at Jincheng Lake and birdwatching observation deck, give access to a rich variety of ecological wildlife. Intertidal residing birds and migratory birds can be found around by the Keya River estuary. Biking along the sea, enjoying the wind on the beach, taking an early morning birdwatching tour, or watching the sunset reflected off the sea at twilight, these are all good ways to enjoy a comfortable holidays here.

Xiangshan Wetland Nature Area, Meishan Splendid Coastline, Haishan Fishing Harbor, and other areas are full of fiddler and soldier crabs. This is the perfect place for family fun and education. It’s a tidal paradise.
  • Location: Follow the East-West Expressway. At the head of Toucian estuary.
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Hsinchu Xiangshan Railway Station, Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple, 19 Hectares Grassland
Sea Viewing Park

Bus: 15 (Get off at Nanliao Station where bicycles are available) Free Bus: 55

HSea Viewing Park runs from north of Nanliao to south of Nangang, following the 17km Scenic Coastline path. The best way to enjoy this area is by bicycle which promotes the recent “Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability” trend. Enjoy this journey with a few friends to appreciate the beauty of the coast. The scenery changes by seasons, from warm spring to early autumn.

Sea Viewing Park is located on the north side of the Environmental Education Center, the former Hsinchu Refuse Resource Recovery Plant - Environmental Education Center. Renovations and an overhaul of the city landfill, which included laying down grass, landscaping and installing street lighting, makes it a suitable place for major music events, recreation, relaxing, kite-flying, remote control aircraft, playing Frisbee and other family activities. The Sea Viewing Park has become a famous place to go for leisure on holidays. Sea Viewing Park has large tracts of grassland and this is the most important landscape of the park. Here you can have a great view to enjoy the sea view. This spacious area is the perfect place to view the impressive sunset.
  • Location: South of Hsinchu Fishing Port
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Hsinchu Refuse Resource Recovery Plant - Environmental Education Center , Jincheng Lake Bird Watching Zone
Xiangshan Wetland

Bus: 15 (Get off at Nanliao Station where bicycles are available) Free Bus: 55

Xiangshan Wetland has a rich ecosystem. It is famous for Taiwan monk crabs, soldier crabs, and fiddler crabs. The mudflats here are prosperous. The International Bird Association has marked this area as a habitat conservation of wild birds. Xiangshan has also the largest oyster farm in northern Taiwan. It is the northernmost boundary for oyster farming in Taiwan. The vast expanse of the wetlands makes it a good place for windmill power. The shadows cast by the giant turbines against the view of the sea makes a beautiful scene during sunset.
  • Location: Hsinchu City Western Coast Expressway, next to the Splendid Coastline
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Nangang Bird Watching Area, Haishan Harbor, Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple, 19 Hectares Grassland
Jincheng Lake Bird Watching Zone

Bus: 15 (Get off at Nanliao Station where bicycles are available) Free Bus: 55

Jincheng Lake is a semi-natural lake that is formed as Keya River exits to the sea. With rich intertidal biological creatures, Jincheng Lake attracts birds that come foraging for food. Surrounding the area are lush forests, providing places for the birds to hide. The middle of the river has two sandbars which have become a center for bird habitation. It is Gangnan’s best spot for bird watching.
  • Location: Turn right at Haibu Rd., towards Jingcheng Bridge
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Mangrove Park, Horizon Viewing, Gang Nan Seeside Scenic Spot
Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple

Free Bus: 79, 80 

Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple serves the mother of Heaven. It is the religious center for local fishermen. Renovation started from 1825 (Qing Dynasty Daoguang’s 5th year) to 1873 (Qing Dynasty Guang Xu’s 2nd year). Local people presented a plaque that still hangs in the main hall till now which states “Spirit Cares for Ocean Kingdom.” In 1924, it was rebuilt again with quaint stone elements that stood in front of the Sanchuan compartment. The sculptures reflect the Japanese Taisho period features. Inside the temple there are plaques and murals that have inherited the elegance and faith of the Xiangshan culture. This structure is a cultural relic and a historical building.
  • Location: No.191, Ln. 420, Sec. 5, Zhonghua Rd., Xiangshan Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Xiangshan Railway Station, Haishan Harbor, Xiangshan Wetland, Xiangshan Presbyterian Church, Aboriginal Park
Chaoshan Old Official Road

Free Bus: 79, 80 

There is an old official road in Chaoshan community, which is commonly known as “the old Chaoshan Trail” or “The Old Xiangshan Official Road.” In Qing Dynasty, this official road was used because of its proximity to the ports, and along the way are temples that are enshrined with protective deities like the “Guardian god,” “God of Water” and “Shipwreck Temple.” These temples promote ideas such as hell, showing the sad and tearful life of an early Taiwan-pioneer.
  • Location: Next to Ln. 420, Zhonghua Rd., Xiangshan Dist., Hsinchu City (from Chaoshan Primary School to Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple)
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Xiangshan Railway Station, Haishan Harbor, Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple
Chaoshan Bridge

Free Bus: 79, 80 

Beautiful scenic Chaoshan Bridge crosses the Western Coast Expressway and connects Chaoshan Community and Xiangshan Wetland. The bridge is pretty special. It was shaped like a boat and a fish, while its nickname is “upside down salty fish”. Visitors can have an expansive view on the top of the bridge. While facing the sea, visitors will see huge wind turbines built on the wetlands. The scenery here is really beautiful and is also the most famous spot in Hsinchu to see the Xiangshan sunset.
  • Location: In front of Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Xiangshan Railway Station, Haishan Harbor, Xiangshan Tin Hau Temple, Xiangshan Wetland
Xiangshan Railway Station

Free Bus: 80 

Built in 1928, Xiangshan Railway Station is inconspicuous, but it is the only cypress tree station left in Taiwan. It was built in the typical “Irimoya” architecture. When coming here, visitors can feel the relaxed and tranquil atmosphere.
  • Location: No.27, Aly. 2, Ln. 347, Sec. 5, Zhonghua Rd., Chaoshan Vil., Xiangshan Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Xiangshan Catholic Church, Haishan Harbor, Linxin Temple, Chaoshan Primary School, Aboriginal Park
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