Hiking, Taiwan’s Most Popular Outdoor Activities

Last updated on August 30th, 2013 at 08:33 pm

Hiking is one of most popular outdoor activities in Taiwan. Not only having challenges ranging from easy old trail to majestic mountains, but also keeping a healthy lifestyle for all ages. Mount_Yu_Shan_-_Taiwan

For the past few hikes with some of the senior members, I was impressed by their enduring mentality for keeping them forward moving, upwardly.

Their seniority, in terms of age and experiences under their leathery old belt. Some retirees are surprisingly over 60 years old.

People from all walks of life. No mountains seem to be too high for them. Boots are made for walking in all-terrains.

I ever met from my past few hikes, for more senior groups, over 80 years old members are still not surprising too. But of course, there do a simpler trailing than literally climbing ginormous mountains.

These people who exists in my circle has become role models to learn about good healthy living. Being vibrant with high spirited vitality and the closeness for experiencing the ambiance with Eco-nature of mountains and forest.

“It takes a long time to become young.” ~Pablo Picasso

As for me, who born and live in a developed and bustling city-state island, mountains are totally not possible to see or experience.

Speaking of altitude above sea-level, the only vertical challenge ever exist in city is using manual staircase to climb flight of steps in skyscrapers. There are in reality. Mechanical elevating lift is used daily, instead.

Sometime, one barely care or even aware of staircase fr high-floor dwellers. Perhaps, only when fire emergency occurs.

Tainan City might not have have high mountain range, however, traveling to distant region within Taiwan is easy with railways. You don’t need a passport to transit from north to south, vice versa.

Below sharing a list of some good hikes from the alpine region of the island.

Mountain. Chinese characterized as “山”. Romanized with same English pronunciation as “Shan”. Commonly, a last word that come after the name of the peak.

In English language, “Mt.” which abbreviate Mountain, always refers as the precursor to the name of peak.

For example, “YuShan”. Or similarly refers to “Mt. Jade”. So “Jade” is directly translated from “Yu” with same meaning.

Names are from the image below, left to right. Might have typo error due to image unclear after enlarged.

And, some with lower altitude not listed in One Hundred Mountains of Taiwan, 台灣百岳列表.

  1. Mt ShihBi – Alt. 1,7151 m
  2. JaNanYun Peak – Alt. 1,975 m
  3. Mt. ShuangZi – Alt.1,487 m
  4. Mt. ShihOu – Alt. 2,104 m
  5. WuSongKeng – Alt. 2,288 m
  6. Mt. SiaoTa – Alt. 2,291 m
  7. Mt. Song – Alt. 2,557 m
  8. Mt. Dou – Alt. 2,136 m
  9. Mt. JhongTa – Alt. 2,484 m
  10. Mt. DaLa – Alt. 2,663 m
  11. Duelgao Peak – Alt. 2,405 m
  12. Mt. Jhu – Alt. 2,488 m
  13. Mt. LuLin – Alt 2,845 m
  14. Mt. Jade North Peak – Alt. 3,658 m
  15. Mt Jade – Alt. 3,952 m
  16. Mt. Jade South Peak – Alt. 3,844 m
Scenic view of Mountainous Da Dong Shan, 大凍山
Scenic view of Mountainous Da Dong Shan, 大凍山