Taiwan north coast, Danshui 淡水 紅毛城, Laomai 老梅 and Yeliu 野柳 by bus
Yeliu Travel Blog› entry 29 of 34 › view all entries
March 27th, 2008 – by: portia
Danshui has a bit of history because it was a port from the 17th century. First the Spanish came and established a fort in 1628, then the Dutch kicked out the Spanish and built a fort in 1642. Since the Dutch often had red hair, the nickname for this fort was the "Red Hair Fort", but also known as Fort San Domingo. After the British and French beat up the Chinese Ching Dynasty again in 1858 (there were a lot of wars between the Chinese and Europeans prior to this, and Hong Kong was leased to the British back in 1842 as a condition of a war settlement called the Nanking Agreement, and 5 Chinese ports were opened for foreign trade.
Now it was time to hit the coast. We took a bus (with schedule kindly provided by the staff at my hotel), and got off at our first stop Laomai.
After Laomai, we went back and caught the next bus just as we approached the bus station, so no long waits. And about 40 minutes later, we were dropped off at the Yeliu bus stop. It was a little walk toward the village and the Yeliu park from the bus stop.
Yeliu beach had these rock formations which were erosions from the sea. More than 20 million years ago, this part of the beach was under the sea, the rocks were compressed and made long lines along the surface. Then as they were raised above the sea, the waves pounding them made these fantastic shaped rocks. Some were shaped like ginger, some like mushrooms, some looked like candle holders, and one of the most famous looked like a queen! We walked around, took lots of photos, and then headed over to the long and narrow peninsula which stretched out to sea. There was a "bird watching path", where we did see some birds we did not recognize.
This time the bus took us to Keelung. Where we tried to take the train back to Taipei. However, the next train was more than 40 minutes away, so we boarded a bus which left sooner. The bus trip was fast enough until we hit Taipei traffic, then it was a lot of slow driving in the bus lane on the main street.
This was a Japanese buffet restaurant, where for a fixed price, you eat all you can eat. It worked out well since this was an introduction of sushi and sashimi for Deats, and he was able to try some but not have to eat it if it didn't suit him. There were some baked fish that Deats liked very much and had many servings. We topped off with many servings of cakes for dessert and left with full tummies.
Since Deats was heading to Korea tomorrow, Ann had phoned around several bookstores to find him a copy of LP on Korea. We took the subway to the bookstore, which was an entire building, very large bookstore. Although this particular location was not open 24 hours a day, another location did. We got the book and then it was time to call it a long day and get some needed rest.
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