Highway 2 is the northmost highway in Taiwan, reaching all the way to Su-au from Tamsui .
The cities and towns that you pass by can be divided into North Coast, Northeast Coast and Yi-lan areas. We mentioned Northeast Coast and Yi-lan areas in our previous articles.
We'll talk about the North Coast area here, especially the road segment leading to San-zhi from Won-li and Shihmen.
A portion of this road passes by downtown although most of it goes along the shore.
The sea scenery is gorgeous. There are also fantastic bays, such as Green Bay and White Sand Bay.
The land scenery is more alluring than you can imagine. For instance, there are trails and tea plantations in Shihmen.
Lao-mei Stone Trench
There is also Lao-mei Stone Trench, the one-of-a-kind coastal scenery in Taiwan.
There is also Temple of 18 deities commemorating a dog that out of reluctance to be separated from its owner killed in a shipwreck, died from jumping into its owner's grave.
The locals were moved by the dog and later built two temples to commemorate its loyalty to the owner.
Liu Chai Rice
Sticky Rice Dumplings is the most famous snack in Shihmen. There are numerous Sticky Rice Dumpling shops on the street, and the most popular one among them is Liu Chai Rice.
A short distance north of Liu Chai Rice is Shihmen Wedding Plaza.
The blue and white hues together with archways brim with Mediterranean style.
Having the ocean and plaza as your background, you almost feel like shooting wedding photos in a different country
You will see a crescent-like bay near Fu-gui Cape.
White Sand Bay
Once you arrive at White Sand Bay, we suggest that you get off your car and check it out.
It's very close to Tamsui here.
The bay and headlands are more gently sloped.
There is the water sports activity area when you look east from a height. The beach is one kilometer long.
You can swim within the warning line. Safety is paramount. Be sure to listen to the guidance given by lifeguards as there was an incident where a tourist was washed away to the open sea while being outside the perimeter.
Lin-shan-bee Recreation Area
There is Lin-shan-bee Recreation Area when you look west.
There is a terrific bikeway "Feng Zhi Men Bikeway" with a length of 4.5 kilometers.
The bikeway follows almost entirely along the coast and allows you to admire beautiful sea scenery, ventifacts and beefwood forests.
The segment of the bikeway from San-zhi Qian-Shui Bay all the way to White Sand Bay is a great place for watching sunset and checking out stars in the sky.
There are many cafes and Western Cuisine restaurants on the coast. Feel free to stop by to drink some coffee and enjoy great food.
The majority of the fine restaurants in North Coast are seafood restaurants. You probably can hardly imagine steakhouses being the most famous.
Near the border between Shihmen and San-zhi are two steakhouses "The Long Horn 96 Bar & Grill" and "Frank's Texas BBQ."
The Longhorn 96
The Long Horn 96 is near the hills across from White Sand Bay.
Hidden behind bus station signs and roadside trees, it's very easy to miss.
The current location of Long Horn 96 used to be the location of another steakhouse "Frank's Texas BBQ."
Frank's Texas BBQ
Frank's Texas BBQ later relocated to San-zhi. There are two other branch restaurants in Taiwan.
The restaurant is easily recognizable as you can see the sign from afar.
The interior is spacious.
We ordered some salad, two steaks and some onion soup.
Frank's Texas BBQ is an American and Mexican restaurant with a more rugged atmosphere. The onion soup is very different from French onion soup.
A generous amount of salad is put into a bowl made of corn tortilla. Breaking off a small piece to pick up some salad before dipping it in salad dressing makes it taste great.
The steaks come with two sauces.
The rib-eye steak that we ordered is tender and tasty.
The sirloin steak is very big and chewy.