After exploring Rainbow Village, we got back on the coach and our tour guide informed us that we would be making a detour to Tunghai University before visiting Gaomei Wetlands. This was an unplanned visit so we could see a noteworthy feature on the university’s grounds. The reason for the detour was also to optimise our visit to the wetlands by arriving during a low tide and closer to sunset, as these conditions would enhance our experience.
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Tunghai University 東海大學
Tunghai University was established in 1955 and is one of the oldest private universities in Taiwan.
Luce Memorial Chapel 路思義敎堂
The Luce Memorial Chapel is a Christian chapel located on the grounds of Tunghai University in Xitun District, Taichung. The design of the chapel was a collaborative effort between renowned architect I. M. Pei and Chi-kuan Chen, who was the first chairman of the Tunghai University Architecture Department.
The chapel was named after Rev. Henry W. Luce, an American missionary and educator in China in the late 19th century and father of the prominent publisher Henry R. Luce.
The design of the Luce Memorial Chapel features four curved surfaces, which give it the appearance of an upside down book.
Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地
The Gaomei Wetlands is a picturesque wetland located in Taichung’s Qingshui District. It boasts of a grassy and muddy tidal flat, making it a great spot to enjoy the sea breeze and stunning sunsets. It is also popular with nature lovers, bird watchers, as well as photographers who are looking to capture the beauty of the wetlands.
The area, with its diverse habitats such as mud flats, reed beds, and tidal streams, is a habitat to a rich diversity of plants and animals. Visitors can see a variety of species like sedge grass, fiddler crabs, mud-skippers, and a host of bird species like plovers, sandpipers, egrets, black-faced spoonbills, and many others.
During fall and winter, the wetlands transforms into a prime birdwatching destination as it attracts a large number of migratory birds.
One of the most popular attractions at Gaomei Wetlands is the 800m long boardwalk, which allows visitors to get up close and personal with the natural beauty of the wetlands. The boardwalk offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and provides a close-up view of the various ecosystems present in the wetlands.
At the end of the boardwalk, you have the option to remove your shoes and walk on the mudflats.
Check the tide times before visiting
The boardwalk at Gaomei Wetlands is only open 1.5 hours after high tide and closes 1.5 hours before the next high tide. Therefore, make sure to check the tide times on the Central Weather Bureau’s website before visiting the wetlands.
The Gaomei Wetlands is a tranquil and peaceful escape from the city that provides a chance to immerse oneself in nature. A visit to this wetland is a must for anyone who loves nature, bird watching, and photography, as it presents a one-of-a-kind and intimate experience with its diverse habitats, breathtaking views, and numerous flora and fauna. It’s important to check the tide times on the Central Weather Bureau’s website prior to visiting to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
With its natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, and educational opportunities, the Gaomei Wetlands is a hidden gem that should not be missed.
How to get to Gaomei Wetlands
Take the TRA to Qingshui Station, then transfer to Taichung City Bus 178 or 179 and alight at the Gaomei Wetlands stop.