Gaomei Wetlands: Chasing The Sun & Cool Breeze In Taichung 高美湿地:台中热门景点追风记

Located in the outskirts of Taichung, Gaomei Wetlands, officially Gaomei Wetland Preservation Area, is 1 of the most popular & well preserved wetland habitats in Taiwan. The expansive piece of wetland, covering an area of 1,500 acres, is situated on the south of Dajia River’s mouth in Qingshui district, boasts a rich variety of wetland ecology including mudskippers, fiddler crabs & migratory birds. No doubt, the wetland environment (or mangrove forest) is nothing new to Singaporeans, as we have Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in northwestern part of the island. But Gaomei Wetlands is about 3 times the size of Sungei Buloh, & it is also a place where visitors can enjoy cool breeze, beautiful sunset whilst admiring the scenic windmilled landscape.

高美湿地位居于台中的清水镇,属于郊区地带,是台湾保存的最完好的湿地之一。这片占地1,500亩的湿地紧邻大甲溪与台湾海峡,位于大甲溪南岸,拥有丰富的生态资源及种类繁多的候鸟在此栖息,是台湾热门景点之一。虽然新加坡的西北部就有个著名的双溪布洛沼泽地,所以湿地环境对我们而言并非奇特的事,但高美的面积大约是双溪布洛的三倍哦。而且,在高美湿地除了可看到沼泽地丰富的生态环境,吹吹海风,还有机会欣赏迷人的日落及风车美景。

Despite it being a famous attraction with numerous visitors, I thought it was still worthwhile checking out since we would be in Taichung during weekdays. Moreover, the preservation area is so big, I reckon the crowds would still be bearable? 😅 Hence, I searched online for directions to go there on our own, & most suggested to book a day tour or hire a driver given it is up north & far from Taichung City. Fortunately, later on, I found out that since last April, a few public buses have been introduced to bring visitors to Gaomei Wetlands. That definitely helps to bring the cost of visiting this outskirt attraction down!

一般上,我不是很喜欢到访大众景点,因为不喜欢人挤人的感觉。但既然这次是在平日造访台中,而且高美湿地保护区这么大,应该不会太拥挤吧?就这样决定把高美湿地列入行程了。😅 上网查阅怎么去的资料,很多都建议包车或订一日游到高美会比较方便,因为它在台中以北的郊外,从台中市区前往有点远。幸好后来我发现有关当局为了方便游人,从去年4月开始,已陆续启用新公车路线,为想去高美的游人提供更多选择。太好了!不必包车,搭乘公交也能探访郊区景点,就能省下一笔钱了!

How To Get There 交通指南

There are several ways to get to Gaomei Wetlands using train and/or public bus, & it also depends on where you are going from. I shall focus on the routes I took for your reference. 😉

前往高美湿地,有几种公交方式可以使用,就看你从哪里去。以下列出的是我使用的方法。

The nearest railway station to Gaomei Wetlands is Qingshui Station
最靠近高美湿地的火车站是清水站

We visited the wetlands after exploring Dadu district’s unique railway stations in southwestern Taichung that day. Hence decided to take a train from Chenggong Station to Qingshui Station as it would be faster compared to taking bus #309 from Taichung Station. The train ride took us only about 30 min & we reached Qingshui Station before 2pm. You can check the train schedule & ticket price via Taiwan Railways official website to plan ahead.

我们是在造访了台中市西南部的大肚区的特色火车站之后前往高美,所以选择直接搭乘火车从成功火车站到清水火车站,而不是到台中站再转乘公车309号。从成功到清水的火车大概30分钟,抵达清水站时还没到下午2点呢。如果要搭乘火车,请事先到台铁官网查询火车时刻表,这样才不会太浪费时间。

Being in the suburbs, Qingshui Station is not big like those in the city, so there is only 1 entrance/ exit. If you are thinking of saving all the way, you can transfer to bus #178 or #179 at the Family Mart bus stop just a short walk in front of the station (as pictured above). Do take note that as the buses do not operate at frequent intervals, it is best to plan ahead to make sure you do not miss the bus (for route information & bus schedule in Chinese, click here for bus #178 & here for bus #179). Unfortunately, we missed the 2 pm bus & the next bus would only arrive 40 min later. Thus we decided to share a cab with 2 other travellers who were also heading to Gaomei, at 250 TWD (~S$11.30) for 4 pax.

由于清水镇属于郊区,火车站也不像市区的那么大,就只有一个出入口而已。如果你是省钱达人的话,可以选择到火车站正前方的公车站(就在上图可见的全家便利商旁边)转乘公车179或179号到高美。不过,得提醒你,公车班次不频繁,所以要省到底的话,务必事先做好功课,才不会错过公车到站时间。(想查阅178号公车路线与时刻表,点击这里;179号公车路线与时刻表,点击这里。)虽然我是有做功课,但由于时间没抓的太精准,还是错过了2点的公车。由于下一趟公车只在40分钟后才来,我们决定与另两名外国游客共乘计程车前往高美。一辆车4名乘客,收费为250台币。

To get out of Gaomei Wetlands, there is bus #309 that goes to Taichung Station via Tung Hai University & Shin Kong Mitsukoshi / Top City Dept. Store. Thus it was convenient for us to get back to Xitun district directly via the 1-hour bus ride from the bus stop opposite Gaomei Bridge (think it’s called Gaomei Wetlands – Sanshun Road). Best of all it only cost 32 TWD per pax (~S$1.45) when we used the Easy Card! 🙂 From October to March, the last bus out from its terminal station Wuxi Fishing Port is at 6.30 pm, which is only 3 stops away from Gaomei. Click here for more details of the bus route & schedule in Chinese. If you wish to know more about other public transport options to & fro Gaomei, check out the official Gaomei Wetlands traffic information page.

离开高美湿地时,我们选择直接搭乘309号公车,沿途会经过东海大学以及我们下榻的希堤微旅附近的新光三越/大远百公车站,才到台中火车站。搭乘这趟公车可以直达西屯区,无需转乘,全程约一小时,真方便。公车站名应该是“高美湿地——三顺路”,就在高美景观桥入口的对面。除了方便之外,最重要的当然是因为很便宜,一个人只需32台币!不过,要记得使用悠游卡哦,不然就无法享用台中市首10公里的免费乘车优惠了。还有,你也要留意离开高美的时间,不要玩到忘了末班车的出车时间。从十月至三三月,309号公车从梧棲觀光漁港出发的末班车时间为傍晚6点半,而梧棲觀光漁港离高美湿地仅三个站的距离。更多关于309号公车的详情请点击这里。如果要查阅其他前往高美湿地的公交方式,可以上高美的官网查阅。

What To See & Do In Gaomei Wetlands 到高美湿地有什么可玩、可看?

As mentioned above, Gaomei is a well preserved wetland habitat, so you can expect to see a diverse range of wetland ecology, such as crustaceans, fish & birds. The taxi driver dropped us off along the road where Gaomei Sea Wall is. This is where a handful of convenience stores, food stalls & restaurants are located, & of course, the all-time important washrooms in case you need them.

由于高美台湾保存的最完好的湿地之一,所以来到此地,当然可看到丰富的沼泽地生物,包括无脊椎类,鱼类和鸟类。我们在高美海堤的路边下车。沿着这条路除了有一些便利商店、美食摊位以及餐馆,当然还有大家都需要的厕所。😜 下图为海堤路所看到的商店与景色。

Walk up the short flight of stairs along the sea wall to get on the 800-metre wooden boardwalk, the gateway to exploring rich wildlife in the delicate sedge grassland.

爬上海堤的梯级,就可看到通往 800米长的木栈道,寻找丰富的天然生态资源。

Gaomei Wetland Preservation Area
高美野生动物保护区

As we strolled along the boardwalk, we saw lots of little creatures in the mud, particularly the fiddler crabs that are distinctive due to the extreme size difference between the left and right claws in males & their constant fiddling of the claws to ward off enemies or to attract the opposite gender. I remember I missed them when I joined the St. John Island’s tour with my friend last Oct. So finally I get to see these interesting crustaceans, so many of them!

在木栈道上漫步,稍稍留意两侧的泥沙,就可看到许许多多的生物,特别是外观抢眼的招潮蟹。或许你会问如何辨认招潮蟹?很简单,招潮蟹最大的特征是大小悬殊的一对螯,摆在前胸的大螯像是武士的盾牌。招潮蟹会做出舞动大螯的动作,因此被称为招潮蟹。“招潮”的动作,目的是用大螯威吓敌人,或是求偶。因此雄蟹的螯一大一小,而雌蟹的两只螯都很小。记得去年10月与朋友参加新加坡圣约翰岛半日游时没看到招潮蟹。这次有幸看到这么多,好棒!

In addition, we also saw a handful of birds, namely egrets & black-faced spoonbills, leisurely hunting for food in the muddy tidal flat.

除此之外,我们也看到几种鸟类:白鹭以及黑面琵鹭,在沼泽地悠闲地寻找猎物。

喜欢赏鸟的游人在高美也能看到黑面琵鹭、白鹭等

Even if you aren’t exactly a wildlife fan, you can simply take a relaxing stroll along the elegant boardwalk on the wetland, & simply enjoy the cool breeze out here. It was a pity that we visited on a very cloudy day, otherwise I believe this site would be even more scenic for picture-perfect shots.

就算你不是特别爱好赏自然生态,来到高美湿地,也可以放松心情,投入大自然的怀抱,在湿地里特建的木栈道散步,吹吹清凉的海风。可惜我们到访当日是多云的一天,后来甚至下起阵雨,不然我相信我们能拍到更优美的风景。

It started to drizzle as we reached the end of the 800-metre long boardwalk. While a gloomy grey sky certainly didn’t add much vibrancy to my photos, I thought the above sight of a couple sitting on the edge of the boardwalk, with the powerful windmills set in the background, sharing a small umbrella was pretty romantic. 😉 On the other side, out in the muddy wetland, there were even a few groups of visitors who took off their footwear to have fun & get wet in the damp soil. In fact, some were dressed in graduation gowns! What a way to capture unforgettable memories of graduation moments with your BFFs. 😉

走到近木栈道的尾端时,开始下起细雨。乌云密布的天空真的没有为所拍的照片增添太多色彩…… 不过,上图无意中拍到的景象我自己还蛮喜欢的。天空飘着细雨的这一刻,一对小情侣坐在木栈道的梯级上共撑一把伞,又有灰蒙蒙的天空及风车为背景,有种浪漫的氛围。😊 在湿地的另一端,有不少游人脱鞋,赤脚踩在泥巴上拍照留念。我们也看到一些游人穿着毕业袍,应该是与死党一起拍毕业照吧!这样的合照方式想必会很难忘,为毕业篇章留下美好的回忆!

Memorable way to capture graduation moments with your besties
毕业了,不忘为人生新篇章开始前难忘的句点!

& then there is also the iconic Gaomei Lighthouse on the other end of the nature reserve that you can snap away too. Opened on 1 May 1967, the lighthouse has been around even before Taichung Port was constructed. The construction of the port disrupted the pattern of the coastal streams at this site, which used to be a beach resort during the Japanese Occupation, leading to a muddy wetland thereafter.

位于保护区另一边的高美燈塔是一个不可错过的地标,也值得拍照留念。这座红白相间、八角形的建筑于1967年5月1日启用,当时台中港口都还没启用。日据时期的高美,曾是一个海水浴场。但随着台中港完工启用,海水浴场泥沙日渐郁积,促使游客稀少,海水浴场正式关闭。大约二十几年后,高美湿地以丰富的生态资源及种类繁多的候鸟在此栖息,才再度吸引大家的关注。

Gaomei Lighthouse
高美灯塔

If you are in Taichung for a longer period & have a flexible schedule to visit Gaomei, make sure you check the weather information prior to making your way down. Otherwise, just count on your lucky stars like we did that the weather would be bright & sunny, so that you can take awesome photos & catch the beautiful sunset that many visitors have raved about. Since we didn’t have that luck, we decided not to wait till the actual sunset time in the evening to return back to city area. As we made our way out along the road to the bus stop near the bridge, we caught glimpses of the shy Mr. Sun hiding behind the clouds from us. 😦

如果你逗留台中的时间较充裕,行程也较灵活,记得到访前先查看天气预告,确保当天天气晴朗。不然,就只能祈求老天爷眷顾你,让你到访时是风和日丽的,这样才能拍到令人称羡的美照,还可以赏迷人的日落。由于我们没这么幸运,就决定提早离开高美,不要等到日落时间才与大多数的游人一同离开。沿途走回大路的公车站时,看到与我们玩捉迷藏的太阳公公害羞地躲在厚厚的云朵后。😐

The Gaomei Wetlands Bridge is right at the entrance where a long row of wind turbines can be spotted. Somehow, the wind turbines made me feel that I am away in some ang-moh country rather than Taiwan hehe. I reckon it would be quite a beautiful sight on a bright & sunny day… The bus stop to board #309 towards Taichung Station is just across the road from the start of the above bridge too.

在入口处的高美湿地景观桥就在我们要搭乘309号公车的公车站对面,这里也有一整排的漂亮风车。来到拱桥,看到许许多多的风车,顿时让我误以为自己是在欧美国家,而不是台湾。🤣 如果是艳阳高照的一天,风景应该更赞吧……

Hope you will have better luck compared to me in chasing after the beautiful sunset at Gaomei Wetlands. Enjoy the constant cool breeze & rich biodiversity too!

希望下次你到访高美湿地,会比我们幸运,看到大家都为之倾倒的日落。当然还有享受凉风习习的大自然景观,窥探丰富的湿地生态!

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