Taichung: Sunset and Sea Breeze at Gaomei Wetlands
A place in Qingshui District, Taichung where the sea and land meets. Its grassy grounds and muddy shorelines is an ideal destination for those seeking fresh sea breeze and to watch the sunset. Formally called Gaomei Wetland Preservation Area (Chinese: 高美溼地野生動物保護區), the 300-hectare wetland is divided into 7 categories, according to its geography, thus being capable of housing diversified organisms around the area.
It’s late afternoon when we came here, arriving from the Rainbow Village. The sun is still high, yet you can feel the caressing breeze while savoring the fresh yet fishy air from the sea.
The red and white Gaomei lighthouse, constructed in 1967, serves as the beacon through the entire stretch of the beach. Along the coastline are rows of windmills that gives the place its distinct beauty. We took the 800-meter long boardwalk, constructed by the government to keep the surroundings clean and for the public to be able to access and explore the wetlands.
At the end of the boardwalk, are empty shoes and other footwear scattered, removed by the owners before walking down on the silt. The sands are soft and pleasant to the feet, we enjoyed such feeling as we walked. It is low tide when we came, so we saw the kids playing carefree on the sands.
Though full of people, the place does not look too crowded due to its large size. Different pictorial and selfie poses can be witnessed while savoring its beauty.
According to Japanese travel poll taken in 2016, the Gaomei Wetlands was ranked the number one place in the world to visit by the Japanese. It is no wonder, not only the Japanese are enjoying the place.
After several hours of walking and roaming, we did not mind the time until we just noticed the sun about to set. We would want to stay a little longer but we have to go back soon to Taipei. While on our way back, we can’t resist having a glimpse its mesmerizing view especially during those golden hours.
If going to Taichung, make sure to add this to your bucket list. We highly recommend this, especially during sunset.
Taichung City has many taxis that you can negotiate for a round trip (a bit too costly that we don’t recommend it)
From Taichung, take Bus #309 or Bus #655 and get off the Gaomei Wetland Tourist Center (15-20 minute walk to the boardwalk)
- Bring a windbreaker or hoodie. Also, make sure your belongings are secure as the place is windy.
- It is forbidden to go down from the boardwalk unless at either end.
- Bring lots of fluids.
- Consult the tide forecast to know the sea level, so you can plan well on your time of visit.
PART OF OUR TAIWAN GETAWAY
- NORTH COAST: Yehliu Geopark | Pingxi Sky Lantern | Shifen Waterfalls | Golden Waterfalls | Jiufen Old Street | Wanli Abandon UFO Houses
- TAIPEI: Ximendeng | Taipei 101 | Maokong Gondola | Elephant Mountain | Taipei Peace Park | Taipei Zoo | Chiang Kai Shek Memorial | Shilin Night Market | The Red House
- TAICHUNG: Zhongshe Flower Farm | Xinshe Castle | Rainbow Village | Gaomei Wetland Park