Wantan Historic Trail abounds with natural scenery

Go there before it becomes overrun with visitors and isn’t so attractive

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/11
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Wantan Historic Trail (彎潭古道), part of the centuries-old Tamsui Kavalan Historical Trails (淡蘭古道) connecting Taipei and Yilan, abounds with natural scenery, and despite its remoteness, is one of the best places to visit in Taiwan.

There’s a conundrum: While natural, peaceful, and beautiful places should be better known so that more people can enjoy them; if they become too well-known, they will soon be overrun by tourists and lose their original appeal.

The Wantan Historic Trail, which hugs New Taipei City’s Pinglin District on one side and Shuangxi District on the other, fits into this category. Many people who have visited the trail harbor the same ambivalent feeling and feel fortunate that they saw it before it became infested by visitors.

The trail has two main entrances, with one located at Sansuitan Earth God Temple (三水潭小土地公廟) on the Pinglin (坪林) side and the other located at the community of Wantan (彎潭) on the Shuangxi (雙溪) side.    [FULL  STORY]

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