(I've even been told just to forget about it for some routes, and go off and hike, when I know you're meant to have a mtn permit).
certainly you can do that on beidawu. no one checks, and its all good. but I read somewhere if you need rescue and you dont have permit (beidawu you dont get a permit, they just copy your records) then you are stuck with a bill....is that true?
I don't go on that trail without a permit, but I am all through the mountains here and there is no one but aboriginal hunters around most of the time. no one here really cares save the rescue dudes. in the last few months I have seen them going up to beidawu 3 times.....each time a few full vehicles going fast and asking us if they saw XXX people with worried/angry expressions lol.
seen as it takes really 5 mins and you dont even need ot really speak to the cops for this mountain, you may as well.
the sleeping area has a great campsite. running water, toilets (squat) and wooden platforms for tents....we tented there and it was like a hilton in the hills as far as im concerned. when i first came to Taiwan i kind of laughed a bit as they have these extravagant buildings out in the harsh mountains....now i kind of enjoy having them beats teh hell out of spending a few hours in search of water or sleeping on roots!