Green Reef at Laomei 季節限定老梅綠石槽

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Every year between February and May, Laomei (老梅) in Taiwan’s north coast attracts lots of cameras and tripods to capture this truly unique coastal feature.

每年三到五月,老梅常常排滿相機和腳架。

Laomei was one of the places I loved the most as a kid. My dad took us there often. I still remember that one-day geography and nature tour of Taiwan’s north coast when I was about 10 years old. My dad signed me up and went there with me. It was one of the best day ever, fully packed with knowledge and excitement. And that’s how I learned about the history and geology of my lovely island.

到現在還記得小學我爸帶我參加某個麟山鼻一日地質自然生態營是個印象深刻超級快樂的一天,短短一天學了好多新知識。小時候又常常跑來北海岸玩,老梅是我最喜歡的地方之一。北海岸的地理知識都是這樣來的。

After the two eruptions of the Datun Mountain 2.5 million years and 700,000 years ago, volcanic rocks formed along the north coast of Taiwan. Softer parts had been washed away in waves throughout the years and these wave-cut gullies were formed. The winter monsoon brings the right conditions for the sea lettuce and other species of seaweed to grow. The reefs are covered with different kinds of seaweed from February to May. Then the seaweed gradually dies under summer sunshine starting in May.

大屯山火山兩百五十萬年前和七十萬年前爆發,火山熔岩塑成台灣北海岸,幾十萬年的海浪沖刷帶走比較軟的部分,留下現在的石槽。冬天的雨季帶來讓石蓴和其他海藻生長的條件,帶來每年二月到五月左右老梅綠石槽,海藻在夏天的日照之下慢慢消失。

Laomei green reef 老梅

 

Laomei green reef 老梅

How to Get to Laomei

Be sure to check the tide table on Central Weather Bureau’s website for the area of 石門. The reefs are typically covered under water during high tides.

Laomei is about one hour in driving distance from Taipei Main Station. About 39 km or 24 miles.

Public transportation is available. Take the metro to Dansui Station on the red line, and then transfer to bus 862 or 863 to Laomei station.

Laomei green reef 老梅

 

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