Shimen Cave (aka Shimendong) is a sea cave on the Northwest Coast of Taiwan, in Shimen District of New Taipei. Its name (literally "stone gate") is the namesake for Shimen District in New Taipei. It is one of the major natural attractions along Taiwan's north coast.
The sandstone that forms the Shimen Cave formation was created between 10 and 20 million years ago, and was pushed out of the sea along with northern Taiwan thousands of years ago.
The cave itself was formed by wave erosion on the cave.
Shimen Cave was named a protected natural sight in 1933 during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, but has not had the same status since after WWII. Now two marble tablets sit on either side of the cave, put there by government leaders during the ROC martial law period.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take provincial Highway 2 from either Tamsui or Keelung North to Shimen. The Shimen Cave sits on the very northern edge of Shimen District.
By Bus: Take Keelung bus from either Danshui MRT station or Keelung TRA station.
You can also take the yellow and white North Coast Shuttle Bus to Shimendong station.
Please see below:
To be honest like many people, I happened across Shimen Cave while driving along the northern coast. It is a pretty tall rock that you can climb to the top of and enjoy the scenery below. In the distance you can see Fugui Cape, the north-westernmost point in Taiwan.
On this day we also enjoyed the green reef and low tide. Not far from here is Laomei Green Reef.
There is also a nice paved path and arched bridge along the shoreline.
Here is a panorama of Shimen for your enjoyment.
For our blog on the nearby Baishawan Beach, Fugui Cape, and Laomei Green Reef, please see our blog here.
Thanks for reading this shorter blog, and stay tuned for more of our blogs on the northern coast to come!
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