If you feel like leaving the country for some different scenery, you can instead head over to the Shimen Songshan terraced fields in New Taipei (aka 100 year stone terrace fields 百年石砌梯田)
near the border of Yangmingshan National Park. Here you can enjoy walking around the only stone terraced fields in the entire country.
The area known as Yangmingshan now was formed by volcanoes about 700,000 years ago, forming many mountains about 1000 meters or less in northwestern Taiwan. The park still features active volcanoes, vents, and hot springs.
About 100 years ago, settlers came to cultivate the mountainous area here. They used the easily obtainable volcanic rocks and used them to build stone terraces in the hills in order to plant crops. This kind of terraced field in Taiwan can only be found here.
Currently the most famous crop here is the Chrysanthemum Flower, which flowers about in mid-June.
You can visit the fields here anytime, but the coffee shop here is only open on weekends until 4 PM.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From Laomei Beach in Shimen, take highway 19-1 Laobengshan Road up the mountain until you reach the terraced fields, they are hard to miss.
By Bus: You can take bus 867 which departs from Tamsui to Shuntian Shengmu Temple bus stop, and you are there! No more walking required.
Please see below:
I have been to the Shimen Songshan Terraced Fields once. I saw it once in my calendar that my bank sent me, and I thought it would be a cool place to fly a drone.
See our drone video above for a better view of the area.
Or check out our 360 degree spherical panorama above.
It is kind of a long drive up from Laomei Beach up the mountain. Along the way we saw the first terraced fields.
And we made it to the spot on Google Maps with this view.
Another view via drone.
A question mark and glass?
View of the hills to the west.
View from above the river.
More hills on the west side.
More photos can be seen in the gallery above.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of our blogs in New Taipei to come.
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