Just came across this great thread and it seems a good idea for my trip to southern part of Taiwan this February! I love especially the information about the mountain being hikable in winter
I would be very grateful for answers to some detailed questions:
- how to get there by public transport? I understand there are buses from Pingdong - any more info for a non-Chinese speaker? Bus destination & number, exact departure place, schedules etc.? What about the last bus back to Pingdong?
- maps - I found the information on Sanmin bookstores, but are any specific map particularly recommended? Are there any maps with place names in Latin alphabet? Are there any basic maps available on the internet - just to get some basic orientation?
- permits - I understand that there's no national park there, so only police permit is needed, right? Any website for applying online (preferably in English)? Can it be arranged on the spot?
- what are average temperatures near the cabin at night?
Finally, is it realistic to plan it as a do-it-yourself trip for two days? Day 1 - from Kaohsiung train to Pingdong, then bus/walk to the trailhead and hike to the cabin (how long does it take?). Day 2 - from the cabin to the top and back down early enough to catch the last available public transport back to Pingdong/Kaohsiung?
Many thanks in advance!