Jinshawan (aka Golden Bay) is one of the nicest beaches in northern Taiwan. The sand is golden, the water shallow (and warm in the summer), and it is relatively well kept and clean. Due to its lack of public transportation and small size, it sees not so many visitors compared to other beaches in the area. Swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and kite surfing are all popular activities at this beach.
Jinshawan (literally Gold Sand Bay) was formed thousands years ago by the collision of the Philippine and Eurasian Plates. Because of its small size and with no other attractions nearby, it is often overlooked as a beach destination.
How to Get There:
By Bus: Take bus 1811 from Taipei bus station to Golden Bay stop.
By Car: Drive on provincial highway 2 out of Keelung to the northeast. The beach area is between Longdong and Ao'di.
I have only been to Jinshawan Once. It's a bit out of the way and therefore I prefer to go to Fulong most of the time for beach activities. But the nice thing about it is there are not very many people and the beach is free.
Check out our drone video above for an overview of the area.
Or check out the 360 degree spherical panorama above.
If you are coming from Longdong, this is the view you will see, with Golden Bay in the background.
A white hostel on the shore with Golden Bay behind it.
There is a resort/restaurant behind the bay which looks a little run down.
There is also a free parking lot here. I was here on a holiday weekend and the parking lot was not full.
View looking south.
View of the beach from the parking lot.
There is a small stream the runs through the beach too, which has a bunch of rocks in it.
People enjoying the sand and waves.
There are no showers here, but you can take advantage of the sink water? I guess.
View of the beach from the air, toward Longdong.
You can see more drone photos in the gallery above.
You can also see more photos of the beach and surrounding area in the gallery above.
Last view of sun at the beach.
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