New Taipei city’s Gongliao district, sitting along the northeast coast, is the venue for the annual Rock Festival and home to cultural and creative stores.
Walking into the quiet old street of Gongliao, you can enjoy the local area’s vitality in a slow and unhurried way.
貢寮街有機書店 | Gongliao Bookstore
Gongliao bookstore, built and renovated from an abandoned Lin Rongfeng rice store, is a cafe where you can chill and read some books.
The founder of the bookstore, Lu Wen-jun (盧文鈞), said that he chose to move into the old town of Gongliao through the promotion of reading in the hope of boosting the development of rural towns.
To date, he has opened 10 bookstores throughout Taiwan.
What’s worth mention is that the bookstore does not sell books but “exchange books,” allowing visitors to bring their books to exchange books with others.
Each book is priced at NT$20 (donations are also accepted).
How to get there? 新北市貢寮區貢寮街46 號 | No. 46, Gongliao Street, Gongliao District
營業時間：10：00 ～ 17：00 | Opening time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
公休日：一二 | Closing on Monday – Tuesday
桃源谷 | Taoyuan Valley
The Taoyuan Valley, located at the border of New Taipei and Yilan, has magnificent grasslands.
There are four hiking trails with the grasslands as the center: the Neliao Line, the Daxi Line, the Shi Guanyin Line, and the Caoling Line.
Walking along the trail, you will see endless mountains, distant views of the Pacific Ocean and Guishan Island.
What’s more? You are likely to meet some buffalo roaming in the bright green grassland.
Every autumn, Silvergrass would be blooming all over the mountains, making it a must-see destination for travelers.
卯澳漁村 | Maoao Fishing Village
When you come to the fishing village of Maoao, you can enjoy the stone buildings, the clear water of Mao’ao harbor, and the vast scenery of the mountains and the sea.
For hundreds of years, the local residents have been making a living by fishing and farming abalone.
The rustic village is a breath of fresh air from the city.
The lovely paintings on the wall are created by a local illustrator and a French comic illustrator.
In recent years, the New Taipei City Government has set up a walking tour service here, allowing you to explore the beauty of Mao’ao in depth.