After leaving Shiding, I was still intent on getting to Shifen before the light faded. Shifen appeared to be on highway 106 after Pinglin. However, when I reached the Pinglin District, I realized I had gone onto Route 9 at some point as I was only 16 kilometers away from Xindian.
The Pinglin District (坪林區) is the third largest district in
. It's a rural area in the
mountains which connect to New Taipei City, Taiwan on the east coast.
It took about 20 minutes to get there from Shiding by scooter. I think this was
Yongan village. Yilan
|Buddhist Guanyin Statues protecting a dangerous part of the road to Pinglin|
It turned out to be the Feitsui Reservoir, which flows all the way from the Fetsui Dam (翡翠水庫) in the Shiding District. The Feitsui Dam spans the
and is one of two major reservoirs supplying water to the Taipei-Tamsui-Taoyuan region. The other is Shimen Dam in Xindian River . This hiking and bicycling area around Pinglin is one of the few places the reservoir is publicly accessible. Taoyuan County
The enchanting views of these serpentine bright emerald green waters among the steep hills and tea farms is quite spectacular.
To get there directly from
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