Go to the main content section Anchor point

New Taipei City Travel

Enjoy yourself while hiking and boating in Xindian and revel in the beauty of Bitan

Anchor point
Xindian
Category :
MRT Travel & Hiking Trails & Outdoor excursion & Secret attractions
Travel days :
1 day
適合對象 :
Public & Family & Cyclists & Couples

推薦路線

Day

      Introduction

      Anchor point
      Taiwan’s Xindian Bitan Scenic Area was already popular during the Japanese colonial period. In 1927, Taiwan Daily News launched a poll of “Eight Scenic Views of Taiwan” for all readers, which was the craziest readers’ poll in Taiwan’s history. Eventually, readers selected eight scenic views, twelve attractions, and two special spots, which included Xindian Bitan. Therefore, it can be seen as one of the leading scenic areas in Northern Taiwan. In recent years, the popularity of hiking in Taiwan has grown, and Bitan, with Hemei Mountain on its left and Shitou Mountain on its right, has become a good choice for urban residents to get closer to the mountains.
      和美山眺望碧潭

      If you arrive at Xindian Station by taking the MRT Songshan-Xindian line, the Shitou Mountain hiking trail is located beside Neng Ren Home Economic and Commercial Vocational High School, the school which is on the east side of the MRT station. The shape of the mountain resembles a small lion crouching beside Bitan, so it is also called the “Little Lion Mountain.” The hiking trail leads to various directions, and it is part of the “Smile Mountain Line” of New Taipei City, with 3 peaks and 11 pavilions in the whole region. When tourists arrive at the Neng Ren observation deck, they can see the traffic artery of Southern Taipei — National Freeway 3. In addition, it is also the place where many photographers take pictures of traffic light trails.
      獅頭山

      The Bitan Suspension Bridge connects not only the left and right banks of Xindian River but also Shitou Mountain and Hemei Mountain. The Bitan Suspension Bridge, completed and opened in 1937, is a landmark bridge for tourism in Xindian, and even the concept of the emblem of the Xindian District Office is based on its design. This 30-meter-high and 200-meter-long bridge is a popular choice for dating couples, and carries different ups and downs from many people. Nowadays in Bitan, there are three bridges, including the Bitan Suspension Bridge, the Bitan Bridge, and the Formosa Freeway Bitan Bridge, forming a characteristic landscape similar to the three generations of a family.
      碧潭吊橋

      After crossing the Bitan Suspension Bridge, people can enter Hemei Mountain on the left side. The curious rocks on the mountain wall facing Bitan are magnificent, so it is also called the “Little Red Cliff.” The Hemei Mountain, which is only 153 meters high, has hiking trails suitable for all ages, and the route is divided into the blue waterfront line and the green mountain line. When people reach the top of the mountain, the Shitou Mountain, Nangang Mountain, and Taipei 101 will all come into view on the east side.
      小赤壁
      和美山

      In April and May every year, there will be a unique dance of shimmering lights that only exists in mountains and forests at night in Hemei Mountain. The mountain has become a well-known firefly habitat in recent years due to its favorable ecological environment. The Taiwan Nature Science Association holds a firefly ecology tour every year by leading the public into Hemei Mountain to visit the beautiful scenery of flying fireflies. When visiting fireflies, one must remember to follow the following four principles: Do not capture, do not interfere, do not turn on flashlights, and do not leave the trail. Please enjoy the river of fireflies in the mountain quietly.
      和美山螢火蟲

      The Xindian Ferry on the south side of the Hemei Mountain hiking trail is the last ferry in Bitan. Before the Bitan Suspension Bridge opened, the residents of Xindian River relied on the ferry to travel between the two sides of the river. In its heyday, there were nine ferries. However, the function of the ferry has been gradually replaced as the construction of land transportation methods improved. Today, the ferry from Wantan to Xindian Street, where boatmen carry passengers and shuttle leisurely on the Bitan River, is the only one that remains. After the trip to Hemei Mountain, you can take a human-powered boat, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bitan from the lake, listen to stories of ancient times, and return to Xindian Street through by water.
      新店渡口

      After climbing two mountains and crossing Bitan by land or water, it is time to treat yourself. The Xindian Old Street with many traditional snacks and the Bitan shopping district with various exotic cuisines are both popular areas for dining. After a good meal, you can stroll along the river bank, enjoy the gorgeous lights reflected on the river, and enjoy a romantic night.
      夜晚色彩絢麗的燈光倒映在湖面上
      Previous
      Light Rail 1-Day Food and Fun Tour for Grandparents and Grandchildren
      The completion of the Light Rail allowed weekend jaunts with an additional region for exploration! Set out from Xinshi 1st Rd. Station (V06) with friends and family, where one will be attracted by Jimmy’s public art at Danhai Light Rail upon exiting the station, there are also different splendid installations along the light rail platform!You can then walk to the Little River Hot Pot restaurant in the periphery, where the clean and comfortable in-store dining ambience together with the food ingredients directly delivered from the place of production in collaboration with small farmers in Taiwan allow one to eat healthy without concerns. After the meal, take a walk to the Beitouzi River Cherry Blossom Wood Trail, where close to a hundred Yoshino Cherry trees flourish prosperously in March of every year, often attracting visitors here to take photos and the trail without cherry blossoms is also the first choice of the neighboring residents for taking a walk.You can then follow the road to arrive at the New Town characteristic Children’s Park, where children can have fun with the playground equipment and spend their energy, while adults can also use the exercise facilities on the side with added fun! Afterwards, you can ride on the Light Rail to arrive at the Gongqi Nature Park, where you can picnic and enjoy a simple afternoon tea on the large grasslands. After taking a small break, you can then head for the Cheng Family Abode in the vicinity, follow the traces of the traditional house, feel the changes of time to experience loads of memories.In the end, wrap up the day with the two popular tourist attractions of Huwei Fort Park and the Little White House, where a vast field of vision and magnificent sceneries can be enjoyed when looking far into the Tamsui River from the Little White House. This will be a productive and splendid day regardless of the distances walked!
      Read more
      Back to the top of page
      小客帶路