My computer is out of the ICU now, with a new replacement chip. =P So, in my 24th post for the Blogging A to Z Challenge, it is back to posting photos. I put together a photo essay of Ximen Arch, located along the north coast of Taiwan.
X for Ximen Arch
Ximen Arch is one of the first stops along the north coast shuttle bus route. It is a scenic route that travels the winding roads along the north coast beaches and pretty hills and villages.
To get to the north coast shuttle bus, which is a cute little mini bus, one can take the MRT to Tamsui Station, which is right at the end of the red line. The bus station is right next to the MRT station. Tamsui itself is a scenic location worth a visit.
If you get to the bus station really early, purchasing a day pass is worthwhile, as you can get on and off the shuttle bus as many times as you want throughout the day. The last bus back to the station should make its rounds around 4.30 pm. The bus goes from the Tamsui MRT station to Keelung Train Station (TRA), which is near the Keelung Port. There’s a night market there as well, worth a visit to sample some of the famous Taiwanese street food.
The shuttle bus stops at the following locations:
- MRT Tamsui Station
- Qianshui Bay
- Sanzhi Visitor Center and Gallery
- North Coast & Guanyinshan National Scenic Area (Baishawan Beach)
- The New Temple of Eighteen Deities (Shimen Wedding Plaza)
- Shimen Arch
- Yun Garden
- Juming Museum
- Jinshan (Old Street)
- Shitoushan Park (Jinbaoli Historic Trail)
- Jiatouli (Hot Springs)
- Yehliu Geopark
- Guihou Fishing Harbor
- Green Bay
- Dawulun Tourism Factory
- Keelung Railway Station
To find out more about the north coast shuttle bus and route, click here.
Growing on the sand beside the beach was a multitude of wildflowers. Blue skies and great weather led to good lighting to feature these humble little blooms.