Maolin is back (almost)...

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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby grandfeller » 30 Apr 2012, 10:53

Great map and photos, Abacus! Thanks for the information. I rented a motorcycle last summer and rode to Maolin, wandered around to see what I could see and absolutely loved it. When I got caught in rainfall in Duona, a nice couple selling drinks and binlang invited me to wait out the storm with them on the porch. We had a great chat and they wouldn't let me leave without sharing a delicious bag of plums and providing me some plastic bags to cover my backpack.

I also happened upon the De'en Gorge Waterfall and Guesthouse. They showed me around their beautiful property and told me a little bit of history of the area. They were so genuine and hospitable, I really felt like I was their friend rather than a potential customer. Hope to get my brothers to visit Taiwan with me and we'll go stay a night or two there.
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby cjw003 » 28 Jan 2014, 23:05

I've searched high and low for info on this topic, thanks in advance for your help!

Q: I have a 125 cc and want to travel from Kaohsiung to Maolin. What are the best roads to take, while avoiding expressways?

Thank you! and a happy new year to all! :)
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby Pingdong » 04 Feb 2014, 00:08

Routes 22 and 28 are probably your best bets. but Maolin is huge, so would depend exactly where you are going. Aim for Meinong for the main "maolin tourist" spots.

Any of you guys have good butterfly spots to hit up this year? i see the butterflies all over here, but never in big quantities. Looking for a nice way to kill a morning on the scooter.
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby Abacus » 04 Feb 2014, 09:31

cjw003 wrote:I've searched high and low for info on this topic, thanks in advance for your help!

Q: I have a 125 cc and want to travel from Kaohsiung to Maolin. What are the best roads to take, while avoiding expressways?

Thank you! and a happy new year to all! :)


Take Minzu north out of kaohsiung. turn right on 186 (it doesn't say 186 I don't think) where the HSR crosses over the road. follow that to hwy 21 and go past FoGuangShan. Then turn right on hwy 22. Hwy 22 turns off to the right twice so you need to watch the signs.
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby Mucha Man » 04 Feb 2014, 10:01

Pingdong wrote:Routes 22 and 28 are probably your best bets. but Maolin is huge, so would depend exactly where you are going. Aim for Meinong for the main "maolin tourist" spots.

Any of you guys have good butterfly spots to hit up this year? i see the butterflies all over here, but never in big quantities. Looking for a nice way to kill a morning on the scooter.


Have you checked the valley off the 185? There are signs for it somewhere around, er that town with the old church.

Butterfly numbers can change every day so it's hard to give recommendations. Best is a sunny morning 9am-noon.
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby Abacus » 04 Feb 2014, 10:19

The best spot to start with is the 1-2km trail that is actually in Maolin village. Some days are supposed to be great and others are okay. there is also a visitor center with a lot of interesting butterfly reading.
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby Pingdong » 26 Feb 2014, 00:26


Have you checked the valley off the 185? There are signs for it somewhere around, er that town with the old church.


Which would that be? 185 is a pretty long road and I know of many valleys with old churches in them here, roughly about where was it? I am guessing maybe the northern end of the road where it buts into route #27 at a bridge (and pre morakot had a toll booth/ticket office thing to drive through)? thats where I have previously gone to search out the butterflies in numbers. but never found a sweet spot and most locals didnt know much about it that we asked.

will need to hit that visitor center, come to think o fit I don't think i ever saw it before.
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby Abacus » 26 Feb 2014, 01:19

Maolin and Duona are commercializing it seems. Right now it's quite pleasant and it is nice to have a few tourist amenities. Duona's main street now has several restaurants and a few shops that I didn't see a few years ago (after Morakot) and another said they weren't there before Morakot. there is also a fair amount of construction going on for the scenic sights (waterfalls and short trails).

We found this nice little canyon near Duona. It used to have some great swimming holes but they are filled in with rock and silt after Morakot.

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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby navillus » 27 Feb 2014, 22:00

cjw003 wrote:I've searched high and low for info on this topic, thanks in advance for your help!

Q: I have a 125 cc and want to travel from Kaohsiung to Maolin. What are the best roads to take, while avoiding expressways?

Thank you! and a happy new year to all! :)


When I lived in the city, I would take the 22 (Qinan Road), going past the Nanzi train station to Ligang, then Gaoshu where it turns into the 27. Then to Dajin and into the park.

I rode my bike from Meinong to Duona this morning, didn't see one gravel truck on the roads once I got inside the gate of the park. Construction work must be winding down.
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Re: Maolin is back (almost)...

Postby Pingdong » 04 Mar 2014, 00:29

Winding down for 2/28 haha. Lots of projects in and around Maolin area, and Pingdong in general, are getting finished up finally. I know there are elections, but not once have i seen Pingdong actually accomplish so much in such a short time!

That canyon is gorgeous, never got to see that one yet.
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