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Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

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Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

Postby Vay » 07 Jun 2012, 22:11

My summer vacation's coming up, and my wife and I want to try a little car trip with our newborn. Would prefer something no more than a couple hours' drive from Taipei that will be reasonably cool in July with spectacular mountain views and hopefully decent accommodation. Thanks in advance for any tips!
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Re: Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

Postby Mucha Man » 07 Jun 2012, 22:22

Tai'an and Nanzhuang in Miaoli.
Wuling Farm
Dasyueshan Forest recreation area
Taipingshan (excellent on weekdays) with spectacular views, hot springs, trails, a cute little train ride and so on.
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Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

Postby headhonchoII » 07 Jun 2012, 23:25

Taipingshan rocks , love that place, much quieter than Alishan, beautiful forests.
I can remember the fourth of July runnin' through the backwood bare.
And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin' chasin' down a hoodoo there
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Re: Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

Postby urodacus » 07 Jun 2012, 23:30

Taipingshan (always rains) and Nanshan (bit of a walk, tho).
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Re: Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

Postby chung » 08 Jun 2012, 09:12

Fufushan
Tamanshan
Yulao
Kala

All four places have good mingsu options and fantastic scenery.
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Re: Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

Postby the bear » 08 Jun 2012, 09:44

chung wrote:Fufushan
Tamanshan
Yulao
Kala

All four places have good Minsu (B&B) options and fantastic scenery.


I have no idea where these places are....care to illuminate us?
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Re: Nicest mountain area in northern Taiwan?

Postby chung » 08 Jun 2012, 23:41

Fufushan 夫婦山 is the mountain between Nanchatianshan and Shang Baling. Great views, fresh air, excellent hiking and river tracing. The minsu at the top on the road offers very clean comfortable rooms for about NT$2000. No food service, though they do allow guests use of the kitchen.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7256/7039 ... 5c72_b.jpg
Night view of Taoyuan
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=taiwan&hl ... o-44080292

Tamanshan 塔曼山 is the less popular walking area above Shang Baling. Actually the ancient tree park is on the lower slopes of Tamanshan not Lalashan, but I won't get into that here. The guest houses along the farm roads afford beatiful views of the Taman Valley at the lower elevations and up high the mighty Holy Ridge. I prefer to visit in winter when the snow cappped peaks are visible, but summer peach season can also be pleasant. Book Monday to Friday to avoid the rabble from the basin.
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4091/5078 ... 5ac6_b.jpg

At the end of the valley road that leads from the Shang Baling village market is Kala 卡拉. River swimming, fresh fish, tea farms, and hiking are the most popular attrractions. I haven't stayed in the minsu, however it looks quite promising and seems to get good reviews.
http://www.fu-yam.com.tw/fuyamgallery/roomshow_en.php

Over the top of the pass out of Neiwan is the three building settlement of Yulao 宇老. Most people drive on by on route to Smangus. Those that do miss the good hiking up Dongsueishan and the chance to the visit the historic fort at Lidongshan. The microclimate along the ridge line ensures a cool cloudy evening which is not all bad if you're trying to escape the heat of the plains. Beidelaman and Maliguan are possible side trips off the main route.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=taiwan&hl ... 73,,0,1.08
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