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Bike Riding Along the Beach

by Jason on September 11, 2010

Callie and I decided to go out for an adventure today out to Danshui. Danshui is about a 25-minute train ride from where we live in Taipei. Danshui sits right at the mouth of where a large river meets the ocean.

We exited the train station, and the first thing we saw was a bike rental store. Callie got an idea. For $400 NT, which is about $13, we rented two bicycles for three hours.

We cruised along the river and ocean for about five kilometers enjoying the city and the view. At one point, we heard a squeal while riding by a store. We looked down and saw two pigs on a leash sitting on a sidewalk. What do you say to that?  It’s not often you a pig sitting on a sidewalk, much less two pigs.  Apparently, there is some type of Taiwanese fest each year where they choose the biggest pig and give that pig a prize.  Later on in the night, all those pigs will be served up for dinner.  Or so I hear.

We eventually arrived at the Fisherman’s Wharf.  We walked around for a good long while.  You can see there’s a bridge which is by the wharf.

You can see that Callie looks absolutely stunning on the bridge as always.

We continued on our journey only to have my bike chain break a few minutes later. And then it started raining. No problem. I asked a Chinese guy to call the bike store for me because I obviously don’t speak Chinese yet. Within fifteen minutes they had come out from the store and fixed the chain.  Then the rain stopped. We were off and riding again within a few minutes.

We soon arrived at the beach. Nice warm water. Not very many people at all.  The beach here as a much different feel than the beaches in Hawaii, and I think it has to do with the culture. I get the idea that Taiwanese people don’t go to the beach that much because we’re only a half hour from a city of three million people on a nice warm summer day, and there’s barely a few dozen people on the beach. Oh well, more space for us to enjoy.

And they don’t take good care of the beach either. There was a bit more rubbish than would be seen at an American beach.  It seems as if the same level of attention is not paid to keeping up parks, beaches, etc.

Callie and I thoroughly enjoyed our bike ride back to Danshuei.  We passed by the pigs again.  No more chains breaking.  What a great ride!

Afternoon turned to evening and we went strolling along the happening place in town. I don’t know if this counts as a night market, but it sure seemed like one. I had some ice cream again.

Make sure to check out the photo of the pig. No, I wasn’t referring to myself.

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