Sky High-Climbing Up to the Roof of Taiwan: A Wushe to Mt. Hehuan Excursion

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo Mountain scenery of Mt. Hehuan On a three-day adventure along the Central Cross-Island Highway in the Nantou County section of the soaring Central Mountain Range, I visit Wushe, an indigenous town best known for being at the center of the last great uprising against the Japanese during the 1895-1945 Japanese colonial period; enjoy the eagle-view scenery and ranch experience at mountainside-hugging Qingjing Farm; revel in the grand experience of being at eye level with scores of peaks above 3,000 meters at Wuling, Taiwan’s highest paved-road point; hike and walk high-mountain trails; lose myself in a sunrise perched on a spot over 3,200 meters up; feast on the culinary inventions of mainland China’s Baiyi people; visit a Baiyi settlement; watch Taiwan’s Sediq tribe members weave cloth the traditional way; watch thrilling horse-riding acrobatics performed by an outer Mongolian troupe; visit local museums, … Let’s be…

Snow Mountain – A Winter Hike on One of Taiwan’s Most Beautiful Mountains

Text & Photos: Stuart Dawson Taiwan’s second-highest peak, Snow Mountain (3,886m), is often overlooked by Westerners who come to the island for hiking. Mt. Jade, being the tallest, is the one that everyone wants to bag, but for me, Snow Mountain is a far more interesting and scenic hike. The terrain and views vary greatly, and even though I’ve been to the top some fifteen times, I still look forward to each and every trip. My favorite time to be up Snow Mountain (雪山) is during the winter. It’s a relatively safe hike to do when there’s snow on the ground, and the scenery is stunning. This January we had the pleasure of leading a group of fourteen hikers to the peak, and were lucky enough to have perfect weather. Arriving at the trailhead late on a Friday evening, the temperature difference between Taipei and this mountainous area, not far…