in a pinch the outer deck area of the sleeping area is covered, so you could sleep there if you dont have a tent, chilly up there though.
This is Pingdong though, not Taipei. its not complicated. Go let the cop photocopy your ARC and you are basically done. the only real reason for you to bother at the police station is in case of an emergency you wont need to pay for evacuation, if you go without stopping in I think you are liable for anything that happens. Someone correct me if im wrong.
I have been going down to Kending a lot lately so thought i should take a pic of the turn off road 185. This is the turn to BeidaWu coming form Sandimen (from north going south). Dont quote me but the turn is around KM 40-42 I think. turn left here, the cop shop is about 5 mins later, then another 30 mins to the "new trail head".
These pics are just right after the military base. The turn is a few hundred meters south of the base.
Meczko, if you are stuck getting up there, I am 95% sure I am in the mountains around here all this weekend, so if you need a lift pm me and i will give you my cell # and i can give you a ride up if you are going friday night/saturday morning.
the thing around here is it can be sunny and looking good down here at the base of the hills, and it can be intense rain up there. I remember a few weeks ago I went up there late at night. it was totally clear, stars, no moos so real crisp. once we got close it started raining and we turned back as it was like a typhoon power downpour. winter is often good, but this year is just not normal, it POURED yesterday here when I was gardening on my roof.....