Welcome to the Taipei ESCAPES site!










    This website supports my two books, Taipei Escapes I and II, and features photos and updates of the forty Walks and twenty Day Trips in those two books.

   To get started, click on the ‘Taipei Escapes 1’ or ‘Taipei Escapes 2’ tabs above to get to a list of the thirty trips in each book, then click on the desired Walk or Day Trip to zoom to that trip’s own page. Photos are up on virtually all sixty pages (some have many more photos than others), and any updates will be posted on the respective page as soon as I’m aware of them.

   I hope you’ll view this website as a community effort, so please feel free to contribute to it (please use the relevent page!) if you have any:

– Updates on transport details, website changes or route directions

– Photos from a trip you’d like to share (will be uploaded if space allows, but will always be credited to you)

– post Walk or Day Trip comments

– Anything else you’d like to share!

Happy escaping!!



November 2012: Trails in the Full Moon Forest and mount Beichatian area are closed because a stretch of the road in the Full Moon Forest Park has been wiped out by Typhoon Soala in August. The Jiajiuliao Trail however is apparently passable with care.  

Walks 32, 37 and 2: Landslides temporarily knocked out sections of trail on each route (September 2012)

Walk 20: Trail to Yuemeikang Waterfall impassable (September 2012) According to a second hiker, however it’s passable!

Day Trip 4: Boats (temporarily?)  no longer running to Keelung Island from Bisha Harbor, only from terminal opposite Keelung Train Station.

Walks 29/30: Bus stop at trailhead moved slightly

Walk 40:  The regular (and much more convenient) bus from Hsinchu High Speed Railway Station to Lion’s Head Mountain (and also the bus connecting the visitor center and Quanhua Temple at the end and beginning of the walk) has started running once again.



9 Responses to “Welcome to the Taipei ESCAPES site!”

  1. 1 Leigh September 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Walk 20: Trail to Yuemeikang Waterfall. I was there on Sun 16th Sep. 2012 and reached the waterfall with no problem. PS. The ‘indistinct trail’ to the left after the zig zag section is now clearly signposted in a “gold” sign.

    • 2 Richard September 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Leigh!
      Thanks for the info. I’d heard that the last part of the trail up to the waterfall had been washed out. Good to hear it’s still OK. The waterfall has been well-and-truly ‘discovered’ during the last two years (which is why I put it in the book), and the quality of the trail to the fall has improved quite a bit, as you say, with a clear signpost now; thanks for the feedback!

  2. 3 Fabian November 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Hallo Richard, Thanks for all the great books. We use them constantly and have done quite a lot of all the hikes from Taipei Escapes to Yangmingshan and they always guided us well. Unfortunately, one of our friends in possession of Taipei Escapes 1 has gone back home and took the book with him. So I tried to pick up a copy for myself (I already have Escapes 2 and guide to yangmingshan), but it seems that the book is not available anymore at eslite or via internet. Do you have any good idea where I could find one?

    • 4 Richard November 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Fabian,
      Thanks for writing; glad you like the books! Surprised to hear they’re not at Eslite; the smaller branches often don’t have them, but they should be at larger branches. Failing that Caves bookshop (in ZHongshan North Road near Yuanshan MRT and in Tianmu) always has a stock and Page One in Taipei 101 is reliable as well.

      Hope you pick one up OK!


  3. 5 Enric April 19, 2014 at 11:15 am


    I am visiting Taipei for a couple of weeks in May and would be interested in doing some one-day hikes around the area. Your books and the previous ones you published seem a very good option for me. If had to buy only one book for this visit, which own would you recommend me to buy? I am looking for those trails more accessible with public transportation and not too demanding in terms of stamina (4-6 h round trip).



    • 6 Richard April 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Hi Enric, thanks for the interest in the books! Taipei Escapes I and II both have quite a few easier hikes in them. Taipei Escapes II however has more hikes immediately around Taipei, including some reachable on the city metro system, so that might be the one to go for. Hope you have a great time in Taipei!

  4. 8 Julien Herdé February 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Richard!
    Your books Taipei Escapes seem amazing! Where are precisely located the librairies which sell them ? Is there any at the airport (where it would be very easy to find it !!!) Thanks a lot in advance !

    Best wishes

    Big Jay

    • 9 Richard February 23, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Big Jay! Thanks – glad you like the look of the books so far! The books should be available in bookshops in Taipei, although availability has been patchy recently. If you’re willing to have them sent to you, they can be bought online through the Community Services Center, here in Taipei. Send them an email at: csc@communitycenter.org.tw .

      Thanks again!

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