[ 淡水關渡 ] Through Rain, Sunshine & Rainbow on 2 Wheels

We went on a cycling trip from Guandu (關渡) to Danshui (淡水). It’s one of the most popular cycle routes and most people would either bring their own bikes over or rent from the many rental stores set up along major stop points. The most scenic part of…

this bike route is the river and the precious mangroves habitat along the banks. You will see lots of  fiddler crabs (crabs with one large claw & one small one), mudskippers, and many more precious mangroves plants or organisms that you can only find in a few places in the world.

 

[ 捷運關渡站] MRT Guandu Station, enroute to Danshui.


We walked from the MRT station to the Guandu Temple where we began our cycling trip. It was a bit of a walking distance from the station to here.

 


We rented a bike at 100 NTD for 1 day. It’s quite cheap.


View of the street outside of the bike rental shop.


Then we went on our way along the cycling path by the river to Danshui. It takes roughly 1 hour to get there depending on how fast you ride and if you’re stopping along the ways.


The Guandu bridge.


Somehow the scenery reminds me of the setting in the movie “Orz Boys”.


I must say this bike route is certainly one of the more busy ones! Sometimes you’ll have 3 bikes parallel of one another trying to pass the slower ones. Not to mention this is a 2-way traffic lane with on-going traffic to and from either direction.


We arrived at Danshui around 11:30am and went to a sushi place near the MRT Danshui station for some sushi while we parked all of our bikes together in an alley. Isn’t this impressive? haha.


Instead of having a rotating conveyor belt, this restaurant has a powered toy train that does the transporting food job at a cost of 20 NTD per plate (sashimi, sushi, hot soup, jelly, noodles, etc. – all 20 NTD per plate). You’d think it’s cheap but if you think about the portion, the bill adds up pretty quickly.  Not to mention we saw a mid-size cockroach running on the table… It made me not wanting to eat any of the raw things.


On our way back, the weather was being rather moody. It was suddenly down-pouring and it became all the sudden sunny. Then after a few minutes it started to rain again. We thought we should keep our rain jackets on but it was geting too stuffy and hot so when it stopped raining, we took it off. But as soon as we took it off and got on our way, it started raining again! In the end I just gave up on wearing the roat coat while my colleague jokingly said we must put the rain coats on so that it will stop raining!!


Mangroves and crabs.


Outdoor lesson.


Back to where we started.


This is a rather small wharf.


Closer looks at the fiddler crabs.


Another bike route in the Guandu Nature Park (關渡生態公園).


見不得人的地下國家???
I thought this was kinda out of nowhere and funny as long as it has no political implications.


Guandu Temple and surrounding.


We saw a perfect rainbow when we took the MRT back to the Yuanshan MRT station (圓山捷運站).

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