Enjoying pleasant weather, Neiwan Scenic Area is encircled by tall hills and run through with Youluo River. "Angling in Neiwan" is among the eight spectacles in Hsinchu. Neiwan Branch line is among the three infamous train branches in Taiwan. The Neiwan Branch Line of the Taiwan Railway will suspend operation from February 28, 2007, and reenter service in three and a half years. Visitors can take the Neiwan Branch train at Zhudong Township and go on a reminiscent trip.
The limpid Youluo River before your eyes is 100 meters in width. Looking down from the riverside highway at the riverbank, the picturesque scenery of the emerald green woods and spectacular suspension bridges is as enchanting as a heaven on earth in movies. Neiwan is known far and near for the five suspension bridges over the riverbank. Under suspension bridges, visitors can enjoy catching shrimp and crabs in shallow areas by the riverbank or swimming until their hearts' content in the stream, while the sandy beach serves as a perfect spot for barbecuing, camping, and holiday outings.
The scenic spots of Guangji Temple, the train station, and the theater on the Old Street as well as NeiWan suspension bridges are full of a reminiscent atmosphere. Take a stroll here and there and you will remember some charitable past memories. You will also see the lively characters of Brother A-San and Great Auntie, which have long been symbols of NeiWan. Funny comics along the street and recent popular special products, such as ginger lily-flavored glutinous rice, further add to hospitality and friendliness on the Old Street.
Address：Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County
Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Zhulin Interchange → Prov. Hwy 68 → Prov. Hwy 3 → County Hwy 120
Public：Take the High Speed Rail to Hsinchu Station, transfer Taiwan Railway to Neiwan Station.
Beipu Cold Spring
There cold springs in Beipu Township, Hsinchu County, produce weakly alkaline carbonic acid water at temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.
The clear waters of the Daping River in Waiping Village of Beipu Township flow through green hilly country that offers a rich variety of beautiful scenery, with water plunging over dams adding a special attraction to the area.
Address：Daping Rd., Beipu Township, Hsinchu County
Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Toucheng Interchange → County Hwy 124A → County Hwy 124 → Prov. Hwy 3. → Township Road Chu 37
Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Zhulin Interchange → County Hwy 120 → County Hwy 123 → County Hwy 122 → Prov. Hwy 3. → Township Road Chu 37
Public：Take THSR to Hsinchu Station, transfer the train to Zhudong Station, take Hsinchu Bus (bound for Shishan, Xiaonankeng, Shanzhuhu) to Jiufenzi stop.
This temple is located in Xinpu Township of Hsinchu County. It is dedicated to the courageous Hakka people who organized a group of volunteers to protect their homes and communities at a time of unrest during the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The site of the Yimin Temple first served as the cemetery for those who died in the troubles. The temple was built on this site in 1788 and the martyrs' cemetery is now located behind it. There are three temple festivals every year: the Spring Festival before Tomb Sweeping Day, the Autumn Festival at the end of October or beginning of November, and the Yimin Festival on July 20th, lunar month.
Address：No.360, Sec. 3, Yimin Rd., Xinpu Township, Hsinchu County
Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 1 → Zhubei Interchange → Guangming 6th Rd. → Dong Sec. 1, Guangming 6th Rd. → County Hwy 177
Public：Take the train to Hsinchu Station, transfer Hsinchu Bus (bound for Xinpu) to Yimin Temple stop.
Dapu Reservoir is located in the south area and is also called Emei Lake. Even though it is no longer primarily used for irrigation, it has great potential for tourism activities. People use to name the area "Yuemei" (eye brow like a crescent moon) because the shape of the tableland by the Emei River was very similar to a crescent moon. But later, the named was changed to "Emei" in order to avoid any confusion or repetition. Near Emei Lake, there is a suspension bridge called the "Emei Bridge."
Address：Township Road Chu 43, Emei Township, Hsinchu County
Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 1 → Toufen Interchange → County Hwy 124A → County Hwy 124 → Prov. Hwy 3 → Township Road Chu 43 → Emei Lake.
Public：Take TRA to Zhudong Station, transfer Hsinchu Bus (bound for Pearl Lake) to Emei Lake stop.
Public︰Take TRA to Chupei Train Station / Take HSR to Hsinchu Train Station, transfer to Lions Head Mountain Route Shuttle Bus 5700(Low), get off at Emei Station stop.
Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area - Lion's Head Mountain Visitor Center
Lion's Head Mountain was rated as a provincial scenic area in 1993, and its scope includes Lion's Head Mountain, Emei Lake, Wuzhi Mountain, and Beipu Area. Wuzhi Mountain has an attractive forest and several trails. Emei Lake is very beautiful and has a suspension bridge called the "Emei Bridge." The Beipu cold spring has a large water volume and the Suilian Cave is deeply hidden in the mountain area. Lion's Head Mountain has traditional Hakka culture and boisterous festivals. Agricultural and forest specialties include Eastern Beauty Tea, Persimmon Cake, Three Bay Pear, Hakka rice, Lei Tea and trout.
Ever since the late Ching Dynasty, the temples and caves of Lion's Head Mountain and Mt. Wuzhi have been
so famous that they were listed among the 12 most enchanting scenes in Taiwan. This scenic area
encompasses the townships of Beipu, Emei, and Zhudong in Hsinchu County and the townships of Sanwan and
Nanzhuang in Miaoli County. Located between the Provincial Highway No. 3 road system and the Xueba
National Park system, this region covers an area of 24,221 hectares and is rich in natural (cold springs,
forest and lakes) and ecological resources as well as notable cultural attractions, including temples and
historical artifacts of the Hakka people and the aboriginals (the Atayal and Saisiat tribes). Since its
establishment in 2001, the Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area Administration has worked to develop a
high-quality tourist region focusing on naturism, education, ecology, and sustainability. Some of the
promotional events for tourism development to date include lifestyle and historical tours; exploration of
the traditional culture of the Hakka people; discovery of the mysteries of the Saisiat Tribe's Sacrifice
to the Short Spirits; a river ecology tour; a tour of the natural habitats of insects; and a tour of
mining and unique industries.
Lion' s Head Mountain Visitor Center
The Lion's Head Mountain Visitor Center was opened in 2001. It was built over the former Shishan Elementary School and designed to retain the Hakka style. In addition to the facilities, the restaurant, Xixin Tea House is appended to theVisitor Center, offering dining and refreshment services to the public.
Address：No.60-8, Liuliao, Qixing Village, Emei Township, Hsinchu County
Transportation：Nat'l Hwy1 → Exit at the Toufen Interchange → County Road 124A → County Road 124 → Prov. Hwy 3 → Emei → County Rd 41 → Lion's Head Mountain
Public：TRA Zhudong Station, then transfer to the Hsinchu Bus (bound for Shishan) to Ruishan stop.
Public︰Take TRA to Chupei Train Station / Take HSR to Hsinchu Train Station, transfer to Lions Head Mountain Route Shuttle Bus 5700(Low), get off at Lion' s Head Mountain Visitor Center stop.
Open Hours： 08:30~17:30
Beipu Old Street
Beipu Old Street was Beipu's most thriving commercial district in the Qing period. Today, it boasts Taiwan's highest concentration of historic sites , with seven such locations along a short 200-meter stretch. Grade one historic sites Jinguangfu House, the Chiang family's Tianshui Hall, and the former residence of Chiang A-hsin are located here, along with grade three historic site Citian Temple. This is also a good place for a taste of Hakkanese cuisine, from ground tea to persimmon cakes. The street has stayed true to its down-to-earth spirit, with not a single large chain store to be seen.
Address：Beipu St., Beipu Township, Hsinchu County 314
Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Chulin Interchange → County Hwy 124 (to Judung) → County Hwy 123 → Zhongfeng Rd → County Hwy 122 → Prov. Hwy 3 → Beipu.
Public：Take HSR to Hsinchu Train Station, transfer to Lions Head Mountain Route Shuttle Bus 5700, get off at Beipu traditional street stop.
Public︰Take TRA to Chupei Train Station / Take HSR to Hsinchu Train Station, transfer to Lions Head Mountain Route Shuttle Bus 5700(Low), get off at Beipu traditional street stop. Please see bus schedule on Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus Web.
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