The century-old Gongbei Temple filled with Japanese and Chinese aesthetics is a popular spot for maple viewing.
- The maple viewing season lasts roughly from late November to late December.
- The ancient and elegant double-arch bridge is a popular photo and check-in location.
- You can also stop by Xinshan Dream Lake and then try some delicious snacks on the streets of Xizhi.
Gongbei Temple is a century-old temple in New Taipei City. Its earliest shrine was built in 1906 with an entrance in the form of a Japanese torii (gate). After passing the red Bi'an Bridge and Japanese stone lanterns, you will come to the double-arch bridge that has gone viral recently. The arch bridge is beautiful, quaint, and elegant. It is the place that many choose to take their wedding photos. The fall colors of the maple trees always cover the summit after the first cold current has arrived. You can come here to enjoy the beauty of red maple leaves without flying to Japan. There are many hiking trails around the Gongbei Temple. After following the stone steps up to the Chuanliu Pavilion, you can overlook the beautiful scenery of downtown Xizhi and the mountains in the distance.
In addition to visiting the Gongbei Temple, tasting the delicacies on the streets of Xizhi is just as important. With their savory broth, the eight-treasure cellophane noodles satisfy hikers’ stomach with a reasonable price. Min Jih Vietnamese Restaurant is always jam-packed on holidays. Yet, its sweet and sour subtropical flavors and diverse choices are worth a trip and the wait. There are also many restaurants to choose from on the streets near the Xike railway station. If you miss a meal during your trip, the Xizhi Night Market located on Xintai 5th Road is an excellent place to grab a bite!
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Art Bronze Sculpture of Mackay
The "Art Bronze Sculpture of Mackay" is located at the rear side of Tamsui Post Office on the riverside, the place where Priest Mackay arrived in Taiwan. The bronze sculpture demonstrates the arrival of Mackay. Dr. Mackay knelt on the ground praying with a Bible in his hand, and next to him is the boat he travelled in. Starting from the art sculpture situated at Mackay's arrival point, there are places to visit, such as the Tamsui Church nearby where Dr. Mackay stayed and preached and the Hobe Mackay Hospital that is adjacent to the church. Beside it is the Oxford College founded by Dr. Mackay which is located inside the campus of Aletheia University and provides education to single and married women. The Girl's School is located inside the campus of Tamkang Senior High School, where Mackay's tomb is also located.
Filming Location of Movie Seediq Bale: Tonghou River
Deep in Wulai is a secluded, protected river valley that tourists cannot enter without the necessary mountain entry permits. The valley is home to the Tonghou River, a water source for Taipei (Feitsui Reservoir) and one of the 10 best places in Taiwan to bird-watch.