Jingmei River (景美溪) is one of the main rivers in Taipei. It enters the capital near Taipei Zoo and zig-zags its way to the Tamsui River. A recommended way to cycle the river is to start at the zoo, then make your way to Jingmei Night Market, for a rewarding treat at the end of your ride.
It’s a relatively flat bicycle route, apart from a bit of an ascent to go over a bridge or two. Along the way you’ll come across little mangroves, wide open grassland as well as see some of the exciting new construction work that is revitalising the suburbs. It’s also less busy than more well known bicycle routes such as Tamsui River or Keelung River, and it definitely feels a little more off-the-beaten track. There are YouBike stations along the route, and if it’s too short you could always continue north and link up with the above rivers.
The ride ends up at Jingmei Night Market. This market is generally not visited by travelers, and has a real down-to-earth, if sometimes chaotic, feel. The market is full of various narrow paths, selling night market favorites as well as some unique, freshly made snacks.
If you have time, and are not too tired out, you could do the Xianyiyan Trail after for a view over the city.
Time required: 30 to 40 minutes
How to do the cycling route
To start the Jingmei River bicycle route, first make your way to Taipei Zoo Station. This station is located on the end of the Taipei Metro’s brown line, and is accessed via Daan Station in the city center (17 minutes, NT$25). The YouBike rental bike station is located a little down the road from the exit 2.
Once you have your bicycle, cross over the road, and make your way down to the river. You’ll need to head to the left, in an westerly direction. There are cycling trails on either side of the river. You’ll need to cross over one of the bridges as the trail on the left side of the river stops near the end of this route.
Keep an eye on Google Maps as you head up the river, and eventually you’ll reach the spot where the Taipei Metro’s green line heads under the river. Head north from the smaller bridge just before this, and in a few minutes you’ll reach Jingmei Night Market.