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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby HenHaoChi » 24 Sep 2015, 08:12

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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby Gonzalez » 27 Sep 2015, 01:14

Very nice places to see. I have checked many of them on Google. Thanks for the advices.
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby smileymiley » 05 Nov 2015, 10:53

I do alot of hiking and several mountain marathons. Taiwan looks an amazing place to explore but having researched some of the hikes many seem to require permits. However I'm the sort of person who will wake up feeling good and decide to do a long run/hike with little preparation. I was wondering how rigorously is the permit system policed? I'm not talking about the high mountain stuff where I realise permits and guides would be necessary but I was looking at a 10-15km coastal route - is a permit really necessary?
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby Abacus » 05 Nov 2015, 11:09

smileymiley wrote:I do alot of hiking and several mountain marathons. Taiwan looks an amazing place to explore but having researched some of the hikes many seem to require permits. However I'm the sort of person who will wake up feeling good and decide to do a long run/hike with little preparation. I was wondering how rigorously is the permit system policed? I'm not talking about the high mountain stuff where I realise permits and guides would be necessary but I was looking at a 10-15km coastal route - is a permit really necessary?


What coastal route? Most dayhikes don't require an advance permit.
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby smileymiley » 05 Nov 2015, 11:31

My mistake I was getting confused as I was looking at the Qufengbi Coastal Trail and Walami trail thinking they both required permits (having re-read the article QFB does not). However with the example of the The Walami Trail which requires a permit - is this necessary?
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby jesus80 » 05 Nov 2015, 12:23

You need one for Walami, but it´s easy to get at the tourist office.
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby smileymiley » 05 Nov 2015, 14:56

Is it worth risking not getting a permit?
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby jesus80 » 05 Nov 2015, 18:40

I don´t think that it's a problem, but again, it´s cheap, it´s not difficult to get it, so... why don´t you just pay and support a bit the work for maintaining it?
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby Nuit » 05 Nov 2015, 21:20

I think the Walami permit is free, and can be got on the day. Will only take you 5-10 mins.
You could go up there without it, but you'll get hassle if you run into a ranger (which is unlikely IMO).
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Re: Natural places worth visiting?

Postby Abacus » 06 Nov 2015, 08:28

I would say that as a rule of thumb day hiking permits are free and can be applied for on the day of the hike if they are needed at all.

Some exceptions of course apply

Really popular hikes that have a daily quota to reduce impact like the Zhuliu Old Trail in Taroko - I think it is really cheap/free but it is a really popular hike and you need an advance permit. http://opositlife.blogspot.tw/2013/09/h ... trail.html

Another example is the Alanyi Coastal Trail in southern Taiwan that goes through aboriginal land. This is a very popular dayhike and they require you to hire an aboriginal guide (3000NT for a group of up to 20). http://theworldisnotthatbig.com/2015/05 ... il-taiwan/

Other areas might require you to get a police permit on the day of your hike. Typically these are not limited and is nothing more than filling out a form for a few minutes. Beidawushan is an example even if you only want to dayhike part of the trail.

I just read a blog about a couple that almost got turned back dayhiking the Walami Trail because they forgot their permit in their scooter. 5 years ago when I hiked the trail they didn't require this. I tried to get an overnight permit but they were overbooked already and they didn't issue a dayhike permit. There was a ranger in the parking lot checking license plate registration at 5pm when I returned.
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