Dongshan Biking Paths provide an excellent location for bike lovers, family travelers and nature-culture lovers.
Want to spend a day outside Taipei but don’t know where to go or what to do? The biking paths in Dongshan Yilan River could be just right for you. The breezes and the sun plus the river views may just blow away all your hustling troubles from your city life.
Dongshan River is one of three main rivers that nourish Lanyan Plains. She has been bringing up lives to this beautiful lands since the beginning of time and had destroyed many homes until 1981 when the former mayor straightened the river and built the cycling paths. Both sides are shaded by different types of trees and served recreational and ecological purposes.
The terrains are mostly flat and easy to ride without too many bumps on the road, which I have to say the government has really put much efforts into maintaining the paths. The total length of the path is approx. 21 kilometers to and return. On the right bank, it will take you through Wushierjia Wetlands, which is a hotspot for bird lovers in October — December and April, National centre of Traditional Arts, where you will fall into Time Tunnel going back to old times Taiwan, and Qingshui Bridge, which marks the end of the biking trails. You will also ride past the red single-arch Lizejian Bridge. Like a red bow arching over the water, Lizejian Bridge is one of the most significant landmarks of Yilan.
On the other side of the river you will also find the Dongshan Water park in the midway of the path. The water park is the venue of Dragon Boat Festival in May and the Yilan International Folklore & Folkgame Festival in summertime. Outside these festivals, the water park is a tranquil place to spend time in.
In Dongshan Area, you may also want to drop by at the Dongshan Mr.Brown Avenue, where in peak seasons, you can only access by bike or on foot. Peddle your way through the rice field looking afar at the beautiful mountains and take photos midst the rice fields. The rice fields are breathtaking especially prior to the season of harvest- mid June to mid July.
The official name is SanChi Pretty Beautiful Path in the Rice Fields (Translated from Mandarin) and its more known nickname “Dongshan Mr.Brown Avenue” is gotten from its resemblance to the original Mr.Brown Avenue in Taitung. People are loving the broad view over the rice fields without any hindrance of lighting poles. On weekends in June, hot balloons are set off in the fields and local music festivals are held that attract huge crowds of tourists.
If you are going to the Dongshan Mr. Brown Avenue, some parts of the journey are main roads so you would want to look out especially if you are biking with your little ones.
Take your bike on a ride with the TRA train and get off at Dongshan station, or simply rent a bike at the bike shop once you arrive in Dongshan. The prices are fair and options are many. If you are not really a peddling person, the motorized bicycles are a nice alternative for you. There are limited numbers of the motorized ones, so I would get there early to guarantee one for myself.
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