Buyanting is a viewing pavilion in Ruifang District of New Taipei, which offers amazing views of Shangxi and Ruifang Districts of New Taipei as well as Keelung City. Lately it has become a popular spot for Instagrammers to come and take dangerous photos of them standing in the middle of the road.
Buyanting was built along the New Taipei City Highway 102 in 1966 (aka Ruishuang Road 瑞雙公路), at the border between Ruifang and Shuangxi. At the time, the road was the main route that connected Jiufen to Yilan, and thus connecting greater Taipei to Yilan. Later this road to Yilan was replaced by provincial highway 2, and 2A.
The name Buyan Pavilion means that the views here are “not loathsome” (不厭 Buyan) so you can sit here and enjoy the views all day. The words "Buyan" are taken from a poems of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Libai.
From the pavilion, you can see the ocean and Keelung Harbor, as well as the Mudan Valley, and surrounding mountains.
It is a popular spot on the weekends, with many people stopping here for photos.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From Jiufen, take highway 102 south and the pavilion will be on the way to Mudan. You can also go the other way from Mudan. There is plenty of free parking on the side of the road.
By bus: Sadly no bus service is available here! Unless you want a really long walk.
Please see below:
I have been to Buyanting once on a near perfect day. It is a bit out of the way, and doesn't really connect anything, so the only reason most people would come here is to just see the views, not to get from point A to point B.
For a drone video of the place, see above.
Or you can see our 360 degree panorama in the post above.
The road is surrounded by grass and bamboo on both sides, probably due to fierce northeasterly winds that ravage this place in the winter time.
We parked our car on the dirt on the side of the road. From there we could see the ocean.
There is a marker here for the workers that built road 102, and on weekends there are even a few food stalls. That day there was stinky tofu and sausage trucks.
View of the road from the pavilion.
View of Houtong Cat Village in Ruifang.
Closer look at Houtong and Wufenshan (五分山) in the background.
Another look at Keeluing and the ocean.
Closer zoom in to Keelung.
The next mountain over, which also looks like it has great views.
People enjoying the views near the pavilion.
View of the pavilion and Wufenshan in the background.
Another view of the road.
View of the Mudan Valley.
"Overlooking the Mudan-keng"
"Mudan is an early gold-mining settlement formed by the miners who rushed in for the gold discovered in the Sandiao Valley of Mudan-keng. Mudan, Ruifang, and Jinguashi were once the three most famous and biggest gold mines in Taiwan under Japanese rule, locationg in the mountain areas at the junction of Ruifang and Shuangxi district.
For the convenience of the gold miners to travel, the Mudan train station was long established in 1922. On the way from Mudan station to Shuangxi station lies a slope. In order to maintain the train's average track grade, distance was added to avoid the slope, forming a 120 degree curved track. As the train passes the curve, the moment when the locomotive greets the tail, is the most anticipated snapshot picture for railway enthusiasts."
History of the pavilion as explained in the background section above.
Drone shot of the pavilion.
Looking to Houtong via drone.
Looking toward Keelung from further up the road.
Looking at Buyanting from further up the road.
View into the mountain valleys in Ruifang.
View of Keelung from over the hill.
View of Keelung Mountain, Jiufen, and Jinguashi.
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