Green Grass Lake is a beautiful pond in southern Hsinchu with a large arched bridge leading to an island park in the middle of the lake. There is also a bike path that goes around the lake. It is a nice place to relax and take a stroll if you are in the area.
Green Grass Lake is actually a small reservoir built along the Keya River in1954. It was meant to provide irrigation, provide flood control, and boost tourism in the area.
In 2005, the area around the lake was refurbished and new paths and a bridge were added to the park.
Popular activities here include paddle boating, paddle boarding, and cycling.
There is also a night market here that opens one day a week on Wednesday.
Green Grass Lake Night Market 青草湖夜市: Every Wednesday from 6 PM to 11 PM, in front of the elementary school.
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Where to stay:
Most of the accommodation you will find is near the city center. If you will only visit downtown, you can consider a day trip from Taipei.
We have stayed at and recommend the Golden Motel a high quality motel near Green Grass Lake (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, Expedia here, or Trip.com here), and CD Motel, another high quality motel in downtown Hsinchu (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, or Trip.com here). Unfortunately I cannot recommend any further hotels that I have stayed at in Hsinchu because usually we stay at my wife's uncle's house.
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How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take highway 117 south from downtown Hsinchu. The lake is up on a hill on Minghu Road Lane 775. If you are looking for car rentals in Hsinchu, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKDay here. You can also check out our car rental guide here.
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By Bus: You can take bus 5602 to Chiaqiao Station. The ride takes about 19 minutes. You can book tickets to travel to Hsinchu via inter-city bus on Klook here. You can book tickets to Hsinchu via high speed rail (HSR) on Klook here or KKDay here. Book tickets via the normal train (TRA) on Klook here.
By Bicycle: Cycling is the best way to enjoy Taiwan's landscapes if you have the time and energy. Looking for bicycle rentals in Taiwan? You can search on KKday here and Klook here. You can also check out our Taiwan cycling guide here.
I have been to Green Grass Lake once on a trip to Hsinchu and it was a very pleasant experience. The lake is not very big, but you can spend an entire afternoon here enjoying the scenery if you wish.
We have stayed at and recommend the Golden Motel a high quality motel within waling distance of the lake (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, Expedia here, or Trip.com here).
View of the bridge from the far side of the lake.
There are multiple paid SUP tours here available.
Map of the lake.
Another view of the bridge.
Bike path along the side of the lake.
View from the park on the island inside the lake.
Another view of the bridge.
View from the island looking back at the bridge.
View looking back across the lake.
View of the other side of the lake.
View looking back across the bridge.
Looking down into the water.
An old swing set that has been dismantled.
You can find more tours and activities in Hsinchu such as river tracing, wild hot springs, white water kayaking, backpack rafting, Little Ding Dong Theme Park, Leofoo Village Theme Park, Window on China Theme Park, glamping, camping, stone spa, horse riding, and more on Klook here or KKday here.
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