(Routes with updates are marked in red; routes with user comments are in blue)

Day Trips 1 to 10

1. North Coast National Scenic Area

2.  Yehliu and Jinshan

3.  Keelung

4.  Keelung Island

5.  Jiufen and Mount Jilong

6.  The Gold Ecological Park

7.  Northeast Coast and Yilan National Scenic Area

8.  Turtle Island

9.  Pingxi Branch Railway Line

10. Pinglin Tea Museum

Walks 1 to 20 

1.  Big Sharp Mountain

2.  Dream Lake and Mount Sin

3.  Mount Nanzihlin and Shitikeng Old Trail

4.  Mount Banping and Teapot Mountain

5.  Golden Letters Tablet 

6.  Xiaotzukeng Old Trail

7.  Sandiaoling Waterfall Walk

8.  Mount Wufen

9.  Stone Bamboo Shoot and Shulung Peak

10. Fengtou Peak

11. Stone Candle and Fengtou East Peak

12. Dongshige Old Trail and Zhongyang Peak

13. Filial Son Mountain

14. Huangdidian

15. Mount Bijia Ridgewalk

16. Shenkeng

17. Caoling Historic Trail and Fulong Beach

18. Taoyuan (Paradise) Valley

19. Sacred Mother Peak

20. Linmei Shipan Ecological Trail and Yuemeikang Waterfall



11 Responses to “TAIPEI ESCAPES 1”

  1. 1 Steve C April 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I just found your site today and am looking forward to exploring it.

    I was excited to see the cover photo on Taipei Escapes 1. Bitoujiao was the very first hike I did on my own when I arrived in Taiwan in 2008, and I’ve returned several times. There’s some mystical force that draws me there.

    • 2 Richard April 27, 2012 at 12:35 am

      Thanks Steve,
      Bitoujiao (and nearby Longdong) are peobably my favorite bits of the coast in Northern Taiwan, despite all the tourists. A very special place. Hope you have fun exploring!

  2. 3 Sara K. May 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

    By now I’ve done most of the walks on this book – in fact, I’ve done all of the walks except 10,. 11, 19, and 20. I haven’t necessarily done the full version (for example, I didn’t do the main slog on Shitikeng or the Caiguangliao extesion of the Mt. Banpang/Teapot Mt. walk because I dislike walking through thick silver grass). So here is my ranking, from least favourite to favourite. Keep in my that these rankings are affected by factors such as the weather and my mood on the day of the walk, so I would probably change the order of these rankings if I did all these walks a second time:

    Mt. Bijia Ridgewalk
    Mt. Wufen
    Huangdidian (long route, sans Bat Cave)
    Big Sharp Mountain
    Caoling Historic Trail
    Taoyuan Valley
    Mt. Nanzihlin and Shitikeng Old Trail
    Xiaotzukeng Old Trail
    Donshige Old Trail
    Dream Lake and Mt. Sin
    Filial Son Mountain
    Stone Bamboo Shoot and Shulung Peak
    Golden Characters Tablet
    Sandiaoliang Waterfall Walk
    Mt. Banpang and Teapot Mountain (did this in November – favorite hike in the book!)

    • 4 Richard May 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Congratulations, Sara!
      Hope you give Mt Bijia and Huangdidien a second chance some time – they’re great walks, and getting to the Bat Cave isn’t quite as difficult as I made it out in the book. Good to see you love the Sandiaoling Waterfall Walk and Teapot Mountain/Mt Banping hike (in November – hopefully the silvergrass was in full bloom) so much – they’re two of my favorites as well!

  3. 5 Heiko J. June 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Richard,
    I can’t find any information about where to buy the books Taipei Escapes 1&2. This summer I am going for the second time to Taiwan and I would like continue discovering the north.
    Thanks. Heiko

  4. 7 Travelling Panda October 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Just discovered these books and ordered them.
    Really hope they arrive before leaving for Taiwan in two weeks.
    Thanks for your work!

  5. 11 Richard November 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Thanks very much for ordering the books – hope you enjoy them!

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