Hi!! Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed my earlier posting of my 1st day History trip to Tainan series; Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip of History and also my walk in the night market; Tainan’s Flower Night Market
This series is on my 2nd day outside the Old Tainan City but still reachable by their public transport. On weekends, Tainan government provided a tourist shuttle bus; Bus # 88 and #99 which goes around the interesting places around Tainan City. These buses only runs during the weekends (and may less frequent on weekdays).
You can check out the map either from the Tourist Info in the Tainan Railway station or you can get it from the hostel. (I got mine from the hostel). Cost? NTS18 per sector.
So, I hopped in on bus from the bus stop at National Cheng Kung University and took a ride all the way up to Mangrove Conservation Area at Sihcao Ecological and Cultural Area for my first stop.
What is a mangrove? Well, it is the kind of plant that grows at the boundary of sea and river and is able to live in the highly salt-concentrated environment.
They had 2 different kind of raft route rides; Sihcao Green Tunnel and Taijiang Boat Ride. Taijiang boat ride takes you out to the shore to explore the coastline of the wetland (this I will take in my next trip here. =) ).
This place is called Sihcao Green Tunnel and it was once a salt canal. I was told that it is 750 meters long and 20 meters wide. This canal was used to transport salt products from the drying field to the storage back in the days.
It takes you into the canal to examine closely to the plants and the species along the way. The 30 minute raft ride through the well preserved mangrove with greeneries covering the sides and rare species resting randomly in the woods is very relaxing. Very educational (but the tour language was in Mandarin or Hokkien. I do not think they have any in English)
The hut where you can buy your ticket and also to catch your raft tour.
This is the Dajhong Temple which is next to the canal.
Raft tour along the canal…..
nice and slow…..
oh yes… you will be sitting on small short little stools on the raft and wearing the rice paddy hat to protect from the scorching sun.
Looks cute right?
Arriving at the ‘tunnel’….
slowly going through….
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