Bitan Suspension Bridge (碧潭吊橋) is a 200-meter long suspension bridge in the Xindian district of New Taipei and an excellent place to relax on a sunny afternoon. It provides a pleasant spot to gaze at the mountains and hills of New Taipei to the south, and the bustling city to the north.
Originally built by the Japanese in 1937, it was renovated in 2000 and opened to the public. Now a popular spot for locals on the weekend, the area also has boats to rent if you or your kids would like to enjoy a row around Xindian River. You can also go fishing, have a barbecue or do a bit of canoeing. The steep cliffs and and forests that run up them are quite a sight as you walk, bicycle or row around the area.
How to get there
The Bitan Suspension Bridge is a short, signposted walk from Xindian Station on the Taipei Metro’s green line. If coming from Taipei Station, first walk to Beimen Station and head on the green line south to Xindian (25 minutes, NT$35).
Many people also ride here, or back to the city, on a YouBike rental bicycle. A cycling path heads up the river on its east side, and runs all the way up to near Beimen Station. It’s a lovely cycling route through public parks, little forests and a fun way to see Taiwanese in everyday life.