Taipei Times correspondent Steven Crook travels part of the Mountains to Sea National Greenway, a 177km-long route that knits together long-established hiking trails, conventional roads and purpose-built cycling and walking paths to connect the Taiwan Strait with Jade Mountain.
If level-3 pandemic countermeasures have dampened the economy, it wasn’t obvious from the non-stop parade of trucks on Freeway 1 just after six o’clock on a weekday morning.
I’d cycled under the interchange between Freeway 1 and Freeway 8 in Tainan’s Sinshih District, using a bike trail that’s part of the Mountains to Sea National Greenway. This 177km-long route knits together long-established hiking trails, conventional roads and purpose-built cycling and walking paths to connect the Taiwan Strait with the 3,952m-high summit of Jade Mountain.
By comparison, my own ambitions were modest. During level 3, in fits and starts, I’d been working out the best way for an engineless two-wheeler to get from lakeside to seaside.
The body of water where I began isn’t famous. Yingsi Lake is a manmade feature in the Tainan section of Southern Taiwan Science Park. Designed to mitigate flooding and stabilize water supplies, the lake is 520m in length and about 20m across.
A huge piece of art dominates the lake’s northwestern corner. The Yellow Ribbon is a 440m-long steel canopy that undulates across the landscape. Usually I’m no fan of this kind of thing, but I think the giant billowing ribbon does add something to the scenery.
Steven Crook has been writing about travel, culture and business in Taiwan since 1996. He is the author of Taiwan: The Bradt Travel Guide and co-author of A Culinary History of Taipei: Beyond Pork and Ponlai.
Source: Taipei Times
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