This is Dongshan River in Yilan and I want to show
you what you can do around here on a bicycle.
Today we’re going to start at Dongshan Train Station,
cycle along Dongshan River to Dongshan Water Park,
then take a boat to the Center for Traditional Arts
where you can get a glimpse of what life and culture
in Taiwan was like in the last century.
But first we need a bike. You can rent one right outside
There are bike paths on both banks of the river, and
it’s a really easy ride.
From the train station to the Dongshan River water
park, it's about 3 km. It might sound counterintuitive,
but I think you should slow down so you don’t miss
The ferry ride to the Center for Traditional Arts
is NT$75 and about 15 minutes long. The Center for
Traditional Arts is a fun place and nostalgic for
some people too. In addition to looking at traditional
architecture, you can also see how craftsmen make
things like calligraphy brushes, dragon beard candy,
tops that spin, those kinds of things.
I like the Dongshan River area. It’s fun and it brings
back a lot of nice memories for me. In college I was
on the rowing team, where I very like spent more time
and energy, rather than on my studies. But I think
I turned out OK. But anyway and coming here and riding
along the river, watching the calm, glassy surface
is just so peaceful and soothing. Maybe I should just
picnic here next time. That would be nice. You should