Dongshan, Yilan

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 the station.
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 scenery.
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 come!
 
冬山河自行車道

這裡是宜蘭的冬山河。今天我要秀大家,來這邊騎車,可以怎麼玩。
今天我們要從火車站出發,沿著冬山河騎到冬山親水公園,然後再搭船到傳統藝術中心,看看上個世紀台灣生活和文化的縮影。
首先,我們租台腳踏車,車站外面就有租賃站。
冬山河的自行車步道騎起來很輕鬆,兩岸都能騎。
從車站到冬山河親水公園大約3公里。建議大家特別放慢速度,因為騎太快,恐怕會錯過美景。
到傳藝中心的船資是75元,15分鐘就到了。傳藝中心是個很好玩的地方,對一些人來說,也特別懷舊。除了可以看到傳統建築以外,那裡還可以觀賞師傅們做毛筆,龍鬚糖,陀螺等等玩意兒。
我喜歡冬山河這一帶,很好玩,而且這地方讓我想起很多回憶。大學的時候我是西划校隊,我想我花在划船的時間和精神,比讀書多很多,時光若能倒流,我仍然不會後悔。來這裡沿著河岸騎車,看那個平靜,玻璃般的水面,內心好寧靜,好療癒。下次來這裡野餐好了,感覺會很棒。大家要來喔!