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Northern Taiwan

Text Lin Zixin

It is no secret that much of Taiwan’s prettiest locations lie along the coastline of Northern Taiwan. Take your pick from these hot favourites for an unforgettable overseas pre-wedding shoot.

Around Greater Taipei (台北縣)

Xinshan Lake of Dreams (新山夢湖)

The ethereal Lake of Dreams has long been one of the hottest locations for pre-wedding pictures in Taiwan and it’s not hard to understand why. Serene and soothing, the lake exudes an otherworldly charm that has enchanted countless couples over the years.

Address: 221台灣台北縣汐止市新山夢湖路

Photo courtesy of Romantic LifeJingtong Train Station (菁桐火車站)

The picturesque terminal station of the Pingxi Branch Rail Line is a quiet two hours away from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city and well worth the trip. Expect to find rustic wooden architecture from the town’s more prosperous days as well as other nostalgic sights for your wedding photos.

Address: 226台灣台北縣平溪鄉平溪村45號
Tel: 02-2495-1510

North Coast / Northeast Coast (北海岸 /東北海岸)

With no lack of Taiwan’s premium beaches, the North Coast is literally a treasure cove of sand, sea and surf. For the ideal backdrop to complement the snap-worthy natural landscapes, look to the numerous Greek-inspired buildings located along the seafront.

White Sand Bay (白沙灣)

One of the two most famous beaches of Taiwan’s north coast, White Sand Bay is a popular choice among Taiwanese couples for its convenient location a short drive from Taipei City and its exceptional beauty.

Address: 253台灣台北縣石門鄉德茂村下員坑33-6號
Tel: 02-2636-1580

Shihmen Wedding Plaza (幸福石門、石門婚紗廣場)

Facing the open sea, the Shihmen Wedding Plaza was specially conceptualised as a wedding photography garden to attract overseas couples to take their pre-wedding pictures at Taiwan’s North Coast. And an investment well made, we say; just look at the Greek and Mediterranean-inspired buildings and you’ll get what we mean.

Address: 台灣台北縣石門鄉尖鹿村台2線省道24公里處
Website: http://www.northguan-nsa.gov.tw

Linshanbi Cape (麟山鼻)

Used as the set for one of the scenes in Jay Chou’s Secret in which the male lead sends the female lead home on a bicycle, Linshanbi Cape likewise boasts glorious views of the open sea and is located near Taiwan’s northernmost point.

Address: 253台灣台北縣石門鄉
Website: http://www.northguan-nsa.gov.tw

Shihmen Wind Power Station / Shihmen Wind Turbine Park (石门风力发电站、风车公园)

There is just something about wind turbines on a clear summer day that is extra refreshing. Capture this unique piece of Taiwan’s North Coast against the blue sky and shimmering waters.

Address: 253台灣台北縣石門鄉
Website: http://www.northguan-nsa.gov.tw

Café de Bossa Nova (巴莎諾瓦海灘咖啡)

A friendly mainly alfresco café along Sanzhi’s beach Bossa Nova’s furnishing will remind you of the tropics and Mediterranean Sea. The café by night is equally charming with its soft lighting and the sound of waves all around.

Address: 2 42台灣台北縣三芝鄉54之4號
Tel: 02-8635-3218
Website: http://bossanova.myweb.hinet.net/

Lion’s Head Mountain Scenic Area (獅頭山風景區)

Enjoy a diverse range of backdrops at this versatile seafront scenic area, from rugged greenery to beautiful waters to the craggy shoreline.

Address: 208台灣台北縣金山鄉磺港路

Jinshan Beach (金山海濱浴場)

The other of the two most famous beaches along Taiwan’s north coast, Jinshan Beach is another gorgeous location that is well-loved by Taiwanese couples. Coming at different times of the day, the expressive beach creates a range of different moods that will be sure to have you and your partner enamoured.

Address: 207台灣台北縣萬里鄉

Feicui Bay / Jade Bay / Green Bay (翡翠灣)

This vast stretch of beach at Feicui Bay is one of Wanli’s most popular attractions and has been developed into a bustling resort area.

Address: 台灣台北縣萬里鄉
Tel: 02-8635-5100

Photo courtesy of Volans CoutureYeliou (野柳)

The Yeliou Scenic Area is famous for its weathered rock formations, one of which includes the iconic Queen’s Head. Enjoy the sharp contrast of the curious shapes against the breathtaking blue of the sky and sea.

Lovers Lake Park (情人湖公園)

Fall in love with this tranquil lake that is one of Keelung’s prime tourist attractions. Within the park, also find plenty of other picture-worthy spots along the footpath, suspension bridge and so on.

Address: 基隆市 外寮里基金一路208巷19號

Taoyuan (桃園)

Photo courtesy of Romantic LifeTa Shee Blooming Oasis (大溪花海農場)

As the largest farm in northern Taiwan with a variety of vibrant blooms all year round, Ta Shee welcomes countless couples every year for their pre-wedding photo shoots. If there’s anything that will tell you about Ta Shee’s popularity and beauty, it’s the fact that the farm has often been selected as a filming location for Taiwanese dramas and MTVs. Check out the likes of My Secret Garden 2, Mean Girl Ah Chu and Jay Chou’s Sea of Flowers MTV for a preview. Couples are only required to pay the entrance fee of NT100 (weekdays) / NT 150 (weekends) to shoot on the grounds.

Address: 桃園縣大溪鎮福安里4鄰復興路1段1093巷27號(慈湖停車場旁)
Tel: (03)388-0801
Website: http://tasheeblmn.pixnet.net/blog/post/6160727 (English) / http://www.tasheeblmn.com.tw/ (Chinese)

Sun&Green (向陽農場)

Fall in love with the endless fields of sunflowers at Sun&Green, sure to evoke images of summers and sunshine in your mind. And we’re not the only ones enthralled, as the farm has also been featured regularly on Taiwanese television, including the hit drama The Rose, MTV by popular female singer Fish Leong, and high-rating variety shows by Jacky Wu. Do note that the farm is closed on Mondays.

Address: 桃園縣觀音鄉藍埔村11鄰52號
Tel: 03-4870629 / 03-4971202
Website: http://www.sun-green.com.tw/

Photo courtesy of Romantic LifeFurano Sheep (綠光森林 富野綿羊牧場)

The people at Furano Sheep wants you to feel happiness on its grounds and we’re betting that won’t be hard when you arrive on the laidback rolling green of the farm. Apart from lush grasslands and fluffy sheep, expect to find a tranquil bamboo grove as well as a garden with blooms the colour of the rainbow.

Address: 桃園縣復興鄉霞雲村三鄰志繼19號之2
Tel: 03-382-2696
Website: http://www.furano.com.tw/

Highway 7 Italian Coffeehouse (七號公路義式咖啡館)

Painted in shades of striking white and blue, this well-known coffeehouse’s Greek-inspired architecture is what makes it a favourite with couples. Combine work and play by scheduling your itinerary such that you get to enjoy a relaxing lunch break in the cosy interiors after your photo shoot.

Address: 台灣桃園縣復興鄉詩朗14-1號
Tel: 03-382-2997

Love Story Building (大溪愛情故事館)

Home to a small collection of European-style buildings, the Love Story Building is specially conceptualised and put together by the loving owners as a memento of their trip to Europe. You’ll be sure to feel as amorous as the owners, with the constant references to love all around the grounds.

Address: 桃園縣大溪鎮復興路1段1037號
Tel: (03) 387-1566
Website: http://www.9420.com.tw/museum/english/english.htm (English)

Hsinchu (新竹)

Nanliao Fishing Harbour (南寮漁港)

As part of the Nanliao 17km Coastline Scenic Area (十七公里海岸線), Nanliao Fishing Harbour is a laidback spot that offers Mediterranean-style architecture alongside the pristine sea. For a little of that playful touch, ride along the coastal boardwalks in your gowns and suits as part of the shoot.

Address: 300台灣新竹市北區新港三路1之9號
Tel: 0922-575-852

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Lavender Cottage (熏衣草森林)

The quaint Lavender Cottage is reminiscent of gorgeous sceneries from Korean dramas, with brightly coloured chairs, a huge teddy bear on the lawn, and yes, ubiquitous lavender all around.

Address: 313台灣新竹縣尖石鄉嘉樂村10、11、12、13鄰村落道路
Tel: 03-584-1193
Website: http://www.lavendercottage.com.tw/