This is not the Taipei that most tourists get to see. There is no skyscrapers, night markets, temples, monuments, KTVs, street food, loud music or crowds. But it’s right in the middle of the city, and there is nature, mountains, a beautiful river (that separates Taipei City from New Taipei City), fresh air, and something that is key to this story: bike lanes.
I rode my bike innumerable times along the river: from south to north, north to south, east to west and vice versa… you get it. I basically went all over the riverside and the surrounding areas; my curiosity didn’t leave almost any spots uncovered. I rode my bike all year around; sometimes alone, sometimes with R, sometimes with friends; and I never needed a better excuse than having some spare time to spend outdoors.
Along the way I’d always discover something interesting to watch or take photos of: people flying kites, groups of people dancing or exercising together, solitary amateur musicians playing their instruments, live music shows, fireworks, cultural events, flowers, huge insects, exotic birds, nature colors in general, clouds, the moon, the sunset, etc. As you can see, practically anything caught my attention.
The photos below are from a trip I did with a friend on a summer sunny day in 2012. We went all the way from Jingmei (景美), in the south, to Danshui (淡水), in the north. In total, it was around 40 km. These are some quick snapshots I took on the way with my phone, under extremely hot and humid weather.