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I often get people asking for good day trip hikes to do in and around Taipei so I thought I’d write about my own top 5.  They’re in no particular order and each one is very different and in terms of terrain and difficulty.  All can be done in a day by public transport with the exception of Beichatianshan.

Taipei 101 from Longshandong

One of the many views of Taipei 101 from the Four Beasts

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Yangmingshan, the national park closest to Taipei, is most famous for it’s hiking and breath-taking views, but it is also a great place for rivertracing.  The Touqian River 頭前溪 to the north-east of the park is a particularly beautiful place to cool down and challenge yourself climbing some big waterfalls.

Touqian Rivertracing

Ross plunges into a pool of water whilst rivertracing the Touqian River

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Within the Yangmingshan National Park, there are 3 ecological protection areas, Lujiaokeng 鹿角坑, Dream Lake 夢幻湖 and Huangzuishan 磺嘴山  and each one has its own unique features.  Lujiaokeng is an ancient trail at the end of which there is a huge waterfall.  Dream lake is a shallow lake the foot of seven star mountain, the highest in the park and Huangzuishan is a former volcano whose ancient, volcanic crater can still be seen today.

Yangmingshan - Huangzuishan

The peak of Huangzuishan

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Qixingshan by night

The moon was exceptionally bright and we didn't even need torches to walk up the trail

Qixingshan, otherwise known as Seven Star mountain, is the highest peak in the Yangmingshan national park.  This area is very different to most mountains around Taipei because there are very few trees and the trail is almost entirely exposed to the elements.  This means it can be a painful hike to do in the heat of the summer but it also means that you get fantastic 360° views from the peak. (more…)

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Rivertracing, near Wanli

This was the second time we’ve been to this spot.  The first time we actually found it by accident.  Our intention was to go to a completely different place but we couldn’t find it and so we just settled on anywhere, anywhere being next to the Dixi bridge.  This time was pretty much the same!  Not finding the river we where looking for, we decided to revisit this one. (more…)

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Usually when I go hiking I have a pretty good idea of what the trail is like and the route that I’m going to take. However sometimes that isn’t the case and I go somewhere on a wing and a prayer. Zhuzishan 竹子山 was one of those hikes. (more…)

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