Taichung: Sunset and Sea Breeze at Gaomei Wetlands

Gaomei Wetlands (高美溼地) Gaomei Wetland Preservation Area, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan

Gaomei Wetlands (高美溼地) Gaomei Wetland Preservation Area, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan

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.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Gaomei Wetlands (高美溼地) Gaomei Wetland Preservation Area, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan

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.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

The wind turbine make this place simply amazing (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Children waiting for the tiny crabs lurking at the mud (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

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.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

The sea breeze and sunset make this place a romantic getaway (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

End of the boardwalk (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

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.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Footwear at the end of the boardwalk (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

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.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Care-free child (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

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.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Hadouken (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

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.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Golden hour | Photo by Carol (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)

If going to Taichung, make sure to add this to your bucket list. We highly recommend this, especially during sunset.

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Photo by Arnie Chou | Pexels (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)


ADMISSION
Free

Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Gaomei Lighthouse (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)


DIRECTIONS

  • Taxi:
    Taichung City has many taxis that you can negotiate for a round trip (a bit too costly that we don’t recommend it)
  • Bus:
    From Taichung, take Bus #309 or Bus #655 and get off the Gaomei Wetland Tourist Center (15-20 minute walk to the boardwalk)
Gaomei Wetlands, Qingshui, Taichung, Taiwan

Picturesque sunset | Photo by Edu (Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地, Qingshui District, Taichung, Taiwan)


TIPS

  • 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.

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