Taipingshan National Forest (太平山國家森林遊樂區) wasn’t always a picturesque and well-maintained protected area and its troubled past provides a significant contribution to the cultural fabric of the region and country. There’s more to it than that though. It also boasts a unique ecological makeup that has evolved with a cool climate, coastal weather patterns and high elevation. The area is an ecological enchantment that offers visitors a chance to experience geothermal activities, primary and secondary forests, high-mountain lakes and other natural attractions.
One trail that offers a unique perspective as well as delivers absolutely stunning views is the famous Caoling Historic Trail. While a very popular trail in northern Taiwan, day trippers and hikers in Taiwan seek out this trail that stretches Yilan County on the east coast of Taiwan and New Taipei City.
Hiking the Dongman Trail (東滿步道) is unique. In fact, it might be a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. There are not many (or any!) other trails in Taiwan that connect two National Forest Recreation Areas.
Due to its unique position, Hehuanshan is a gorgeous location to hike the high mountains, camp, and view some of Taiwan’s history. There was once an operating ski lift on the East Peak, which the remnants are still visible.
Hiking in Taiwan – If you have not been to the Dakeng Scenic Area in Taichung, you are in for some of the most unique trails you’ve ever hiked on! The Dakeng Hiking Trails are one of Taichung’s more popular areas, due to the vast network of trails, which are elevated wooden logs, and the scenery, which you’ve most likely seen on social media! There are 10 trails, and they are named Dakeng Trail #1 – #10. The first five trails are further out of the city, and more difficult and fun, with great views of Taichung and the surrounding mountains.
Hiking in Taiwan – The Paoma Historic Trail is the southern section of the much longer Tamshui-Kavalan Historic Trail in Northern Taiwan. This hiking route was used extensively during the Qing Dynasty period for those trading and traveling throughout the region.
Fushan Botanical Gardens is located along the border of Yilan County and New Taipei City. In fact, this remote destination and unique ecological site is located in New Taipei City, but is only accessble from Yilan. This site is paradise and a perfect destination for anyone interested in local ecology, spotting local bird and wildlifeContinue reading “Fushan Botanical Gardens – 福山植物園”
Hiking in Taiwan: Malun Mountain (馬崙山) is the second highest mountain peak among the famed Seven Heroes. Regardless of the elevation, this is not an overly difficult climb. It is long and a steady climb (with some steeper sections of elevation gains) and offers hikers a range of forest ecosystems and unique trail features that may this hike a must-do.