Ximen Arch, Taiwan

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.

Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

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.

Rocky beach in front of Ximen Arch. A white Chinese bridge gleams in the sunshine. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

Rocky beach in front of Ximen Arch. A white Chinese bridge gleams in the sunshine.

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.

Seaweed abound in the rocky pools at the beach in front of Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

Seaweed abound in the rocky pools at the beach in front of Ximen Arch. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

The shuttle bus stops at the following locations:

To find out more about the north coast shuttle bus and route, click here.

Military installation at Ximen Arch beach. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

Military installation at Ximen Arch beach.

Bees and butterflies hover around wildflowers in full bloom everywhere in Taiwan. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

Bees and butterflies hover around wildflowers in full bloom everywhere in Taiwan in March.

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.

Wildflowers bloom in the spring at Ximen Arch beach. Photo taken on 12 March 2015.

Wildflowers bloom in the spring at Ximen Arch beach.

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