Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地: Walk on Water

Windmills watch over you at the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung.

Windmills watch over you at the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung.

Spanning 750 acres (or 300 hectares if you prefer those), the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung is probably the best place to dig your feet into the mud.  It also has a nice array of wildlife, including crabs and everyone’s favorite fish out of water, the mudskipper.  Though famed for its sunset views, I came on a rather grey morning.  It’s no fun if you get the perfect view the first time, then you have no reason to go back!  Check out more pictures and information after the jump.

The wetlands are connected to the Dadu River, which flows through Taichung and Changhua.  What is there to actually do?  It is a rich ecological area, home to many types of flora and fauna.  Though you can see mudskippers and crabs all over Taiwan, I always enjoy watching them carry about their business.  The main attraction is actually walking through the wetlands.  Depending on the area, the water may be only a few inches deep, so there’s very little fear of drowning.  To the left of the wetlands are gigantic windmills that make for some scenic photos.  Walking through here is quite cathartic, as it almost feels like walking on an unknown alien planet.  No matter how far you walk, it feels like you are not going anywhere, until you turn back and see how much everyone has shrunk.

If you are a nature junkie, but are bored of mountains and beaches, I think the Gaomei Wetlands may interest you.  There’s no real food here though outside of some sausage vendors, so eat before you go.  I recommend trying to come here on sunset on a clear day if you can, I hope I can return and experience it myself!  Check out some photographs from my visit.

A curvy wooden path takes you out into the wetlands.

A curvy wooden path takes you out into the wetlands.

There are seemingly dozens of windmills boarding the wetlands.

There are seemingly dozens of windmills boarding the wetlands.

The windmills are farther away than they look.

The windmills are farther away than they look.

Walking through muddy water is a bigger tourist attraction than expected.

Walking through muddy water is a bigger tourist attraction than expected.

If you squint you can see... something in the background.  I didn't manage to make my way over there.

If you squint you can see… something in the background. I didn’t manage to make my way over there.

It really feels like you are on a different planet at times.

It really feels like you are on a different planet at times.

How far does it go?

How far does it go?

Feel free to draw in the mud to your heart's content.

Feel free to draw in the mud to your heart’s content.

 

Location

436 Qingshui Dist. Taichung 436台中市清水區 (take the TRA to Qingshui Railway Station, then take the Jeya Bus to Gaomei.  Since the area is rather remote and buses are infrequent, I also recommend taxis.)

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Posted on October 1, 2014, in Nature, Taichung and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hope to go to Gaomei when I am in Taichung.

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