Shuangwan Bicycle path follows a a quiet stretch beach in northern Taiwan. The entire path is flat, and only takes about an hour to complete, with a total length of 8KM. However, at low tide it is full of rocks. There is also a popular bike path that connects it to the sandy beaches of Baishawan and Qianshuiwan.
Shuangwan means two bays (referring to Baishawan and Qianshuiwan).
Baishawan (literally White Sand Bay) was formed roughly 800,000 years ago by volcanoes spewing lava into the ocean creating Fuigui Cape. Later coral grew near the shoreline, which makes up for most of the white sand seen on the beach today. The white sandy beach extends about one kilometer along the coast. Now it is one of the most popular destinations on the north coast of Taiwan. Because of its proximity to Taipei, there are sure to be many visitors, and because Taipei has the highest concentration of foreigners, be prepared to see a lot of other foreigners as well.
How to Get There:
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 Baishawan station.
By Car: Drive on provincial highway 2 out of Danshui to the northeast, or out of Keelung to the northwest. The beach area is near Sanzhi District 三芝區.
Parking: Free. There is a parking lot in front of the main entrance. If this is full, you can park along the road next to it.
8 KM or about 1 hour
There are Youbike stations in Sanzhi and at Baishawan, and there is a bicycle rental shop in Shanzhi.
Map: Please see below:
I have travelled the road between Qianshuiwan and Baishawan many times, and have ridden along the coast once.
The path starts at Qianshuiwan in Sanzhi. Here is a Youbike rental station, as well as a bike rental shop.
Moving through the country we found this abandoned farm house.
And we saw that the abandoned hotel near Qianshuiwan is being renovated.
Rural road leading the the Shuangwan parking lot.
Right in the middle of the path is the Shuangwan parking lot.
The path moves on past here.
Map of the bike path.
Path leading to a little stretch of beach here.
Path leading down to the beach.
Looking down south.
Another view down south.
View of the main beach.
Looking further up the beach.
View looking north.
View of the sand.
A man braves the rocks and waves.
Eventually the path leads to Baishawan.
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