Gao-mei Wetland is situated near Wu-qi Fishing Port, north of Port of Taichung and west of Ching-shui Coastal Plain.
Take National Highway 4, and the most convenient route is to connect to the Expressway 61 toward Port of Taichung. Be sure to pay attention to the signs along the way.
We chose to come in good weather, and it indeed paid off.
Arriving at the Tourist Center parking lot, look across east to see a 20-kilometer long Da-du Mountain crossing Taichung and very beautifully situated below the stratus.
There are signs along the way giving directions to Gao-mei wetland.
To get to the wetland wooden path, pay attention to a couple of white painted "wetland trail" once you arrive at the entrance to the seawall trail.
Gao-mei Wetland is situated south of Da-jia River mouth, looking like a field of riverside wasteland when you look across north from the trail by the seawall.
It used to be a bathing beach during the Japanese colonial era, but sedimentation caused the bathing beach to be abandoned after the establishment of Port of Taichung. It was really abandoned by men and choked with weeds for a while.
Fortunately, a group of birders discovered that there are as many as one hundred some species of wild birds perching here. At the same time, this is also a breeding area for the rare Wild Duck in Taiwan.
It was planned by the local government to become a Wildlife Reserve in 2004. A wooden path was constructed, reaching far into the wetland. This is the "wetland trail" referenced by the signs.
The wetland trail can lead you to somewhere a bit farther away from the seawall, allowing you to watch the tide or leave the wooden path to go splashing around.
It's now a prime tourist attraction in the Taichung coastal region. We like to remind you to watch out for the tide and weather. Don't stay on the wetland after sunset.
After reaching the end of the seawall trail is the entrance to the wetland trail. There are homestay signs.
Walking up the stairs, you can see the map of Taichung Coastal Bicycle Path. There are two statues of Mudskipper at the entrance.
Walk on the wooden path, and there is a whole row of windmills. It's quite beautiful.
The wetland is full of grass. This is the largest Bolboschoenus Planieulmis growth region in Taiwan.
There are Mudskippers on the muddy ground. It's perhaps hard to sight them hiding in the ground in broad daylight, and only Fiddler Crabs can be seen.
Gao-mei Lighthouse is in the distance. The red and white checkering is a rare sight. The lighthouse is sometimes open, allowing tourists to get up and view from a height.
You must be wondering what the castle next to the lighthouse is. It's actually the Qingshui Child Care Center West Gao-mei Branch.
Gao-mei Wetland is a Taichung Coastal Bicycle Path spotlight, planned for construction of a consolidated tourism and recreation area together with Wu-qi Fishing Port.
At the time of our visit, there are many attractions either under construction or at the planning stage.
There are still quite a few attractions, such as the landscape bridge above the Qingshui River Mouth.
Wu-qi Fishing Port
Head south to get to Huan-gang North Road. On your way to Wu-qi Fishing Port, you'll pass by an entire row of wind turbines. There is a sea-watching platform established in the vicinity of the No. 8 and No. 9 windmills.
It's truly an amazing experience coming here during the day to check out the sea, get some sea breeze and listen to the wind turbines whirring over your head.
It's even a better place to watch the sea and stars during nighttime.
After the Wu-qi Fishing Port was reconstructed, it became known as "Mermaid Harbor." There will be a yacht harbor, and a museum of marine biology and aquarium in the future similar to the one in Pingtung.
There are people coming to Wu-qi Fishing Port to take the boat out to sea for whale and dolphin watching.
You can also buy fresh seafood at the outlet center or eat seafood in the restaurant area.
Due to interior renovations, the shops in the restaurant area are relocated across from the outlet center.
The competition among the four seafood restaurants is keen. A restaurant employee even used a loudspeaker to attract customers.
The one that we picked has a few group photos of the chef and politicians on the wall, looking like a well-known restaurant.
We ordered Oyster Omelette, Stir-fried Eel, Sweet Potato Leaves, Fried Spanish Mackerel Chowder, Minced Pork Rice Vermicelli and Sweet and Sour Fish. They were all fairly good.