[ Taipei’s Back Garden ] 2017 Bike Fun YiLan (Event) 拜訪蘭陽平原

[ Taipei’s Back Garden ] 2017 Bike Fun YiLan (Event) 拜訪蘭陽平原

2017 Bike Fun YiLan Summary:

Taiwan’s YiLan (宜蘭) is a county located at Taiwan’s northeast, on LanYang Plain, a river delta plain. Since 2006 with the 13 km HsueShan Tunnel (part of National Highway #5 國道五號) connecting YiLan to Taipei, YiLan has become “Taipei’s Back Garden”, gaining prosperity yet losing some rural feels.

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YiLan plain from a hot spring hotel view.

Before the Ride: JiaoXi Hot Spring

The night before the ride we stayed at JiaoXi (礁溪), YiLan’s famous hot spring area with abundant public hot spring facilities.

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One of the two major public hot spring areas: TanWeiGou Park (湯圍溝公園)

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There were some heavy-duty Dr. fish foot therapy (溫泉魚) places here, like the one below. Warning: some fishes were very aggressive at doing their jobs!

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All kinds of Dr. fish.

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Public foot hot spring spa.

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Very hot hot spring well.

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JiaoXi main street night view.

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The main park sign.

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A local famous scallion pancake (蔥油餅) store (here on Google Maps). YiLan is also famous for its green onion cultivation (三星蔥).

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The Ride: Along the Shore Highway

The next day our ride started at TouCheng (頭城), a near-shore town famous for its annual “Chiang Gu” 搶孤 traditional event. We began by riding the highway State #2 along the shore.

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DaFu Police Station (大福派出所)

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Foggy wet weather in the morning, less the view but also less the heat.

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West Toward the Plain & LanYang River

The route turned east at the great LanYang River estuary and into the great plain area. We rode along the river bank.

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Ready-to-plant rice fields.

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YiLan’s water recycling facility.

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It seemed that YiLan is also famous for its hami melon (哈密瓜) cultivation.

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Passing National Highway #5 that went from southern YiLan all the way to Taipei.

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Taiwan’s special force (海軍陸戰隊) veteran YiLan Association.

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The entire LanYang plain was surrounded by mountains.

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Green onion fields.

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The castle tower was part of Jim & Dad’s Brewery, a local craft brewery famous for its Kumquat 金桔 ale. (Unfortunately the pretty brewery entrance was on the other side! )

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Misty YiLan’s hills.

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State #7 & Back

Here we went back and forth on State #7 that went along the river valley and could reach all the way to west Taiwan. Beautiful super-wide river valley scenery here.

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While less traffic, there were some big sand and cement trucks on this route, transporting sands from the river bed.

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DaTong 大同 aboriginal village.

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There were also some tea fields along State #7’s hillsides.

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Crossing the great river here!

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Dragon fruit fields.

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Crossing one of  LanYang’s river’s extension.

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The only little hill along the way.

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Peeking the great plain.

Back to the Plain towards the Shore

After leaving the river valley, we crossed the southern part of LanYang plain and headed toward the shore.

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As the rich Taipei people flooded into YiLan, many used the law’s loophole to buy farmlands and build luxury villas for weekend getaway.

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Temple at SanXing (三星), YiLan’s famous green onion production area.

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The famous SanXing green onions.

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Another great villa.

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Crossing the famous DongShan River (冬山河). At downstream there was a popular water park, holding annual children folklore festival (宜蘭國際童玩節).

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DongShan Township Admin Center.

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DongShan train station with train.

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Back on State #2 along the Shore

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YiLan’s traditional arts center entrance.

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Some sort of Japanese garden themed hotel.

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Crossing the great LanYang River estuary.

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Last 5 km.

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The island far away was the famous landmark Turtle Island ( GuiShan 龜山島 )

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