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Why Shimen Cave is special ?
Shimen Cave is located at the most northern point of Taiwan Island, Shimen Stone Arch is a natural formation and a great place to take a break during a trip around Taiwan's North Coast.
One of the natural wonders along Taiwan's North Coast, the Shimen Stone Arch was long ago regarded as the northern-most gate to Taiwan Island.
There are trails along the edges of the gate, allowing visitors to climb to the top.
Besides the gate, the area is also home to a small beach that fills up with different types of pools according to the tide.
The park surrounding the area is very suitable to fly kites due to the winds from the open ocean, and has become a special local culture since the year 2000 with the annual Shimen International Kite Festival at the nearby Laomei Kite Park.
What to explore at Shimen Cave?
Standing at the side of the highway, it will offer an excellent spot to look out at the sea. On top of the stone arch there are seats and what remains of a gun emplacement. It is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset or watch the clouds that hang over the vast northern ocean. The arch was formed by tidal erosion before the land was pushed upward. It now stands high and dry overlooking the coast. As the whole structure is now above ground, it is an ideal showcase for the different geological strata in this part of Taiwan.
How to get to Shimen Cave?
Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Taipei Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2B → Prov. Hwy 2 → Shimen Cave
THSR Taipei Station (or TRA Taipei Station) → Taipei MRT Tamsui Station → Keelung Bus (bound for Keelung) to Shimen Cave stop.
Tips for you
Traffic *Take the MRT Tamsui Line and exit Tamsui station. Transfer to any bus going to Shimen direction. Get off at “Eighteen Lords Temple”. *Take the National Highway No. 1 and exit Taipei exchange. Go straight on Chongqing North Road, and turn left on Minzu West Road. Once you hit Chengde Road, turn left and keep going north. Go along Highway No. 2 towards north.Transportation