Don’t know what to do during the long Chinese New Year holiday? Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) suggests several hiking routes with entrances located near MRT stations, as well as scenic areas to enjoy short outings.
Wenhu Line (Zhongyongshan/Liyushan Hiking Trails): This is one of the hiking trails in Taipei which boasts a waterfall. The noise of falling water accompanies hikers along the way. You can also choose to take bus S2 from Exit 1 of MRT Neihu Station to Baishi Lake to see the famous bridge.
Directions: Take Exit 1 of MRT Dahu Park Station and follow the signs to Dahu Villa.
Wenhu Line (Dahu Park): The Dahu Park is located next to the MRT station. The large lake surrounded by mountains is a well-known scenic spot in Neihu District.
Directions: Located next to Exit 2 of MRT Dahu Park Station
Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Guandu Hiking Trail and Zhongyishan Circle Trail): Located on the northern side of the Guandu plains, the trail provides excellent view of Tamsui River along the way. The circle trails provides a challenge for those seeking to test their physical fitness.
Directions: Turn right after leaving Exit 2 of MRT Guandu Station. Follow the signs and walk for 10 to 15 minutes, arriving at the entrance of Guandu Hiking Trail (Lane 30, Sec. 4, Zhongyang N. Rd.). Follow the trail until it connects to Zhongyishan Circle Trail.
Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Junjianyan Hiking Trail): Located within the Datun mountain range, Junjianyan hiking trail is an easy climb for the entire family. Climb to the top in the afternoon on a sunny day to enjoy a breath-taking view of Taipei!
Directions: Disembark at MRT Shipai Station. Head for Yangming University via Exit 1. Trail entrance is located behind the school campus.
Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Xiangshan Hiking Trail): The well-known trail boasting great locations for watching the Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve firework show is a favorite of photographers, providing a great view of Taipei basin from high up.
Directions: From Exit 2 of MRT Xiangshan Station, head towards Zhongqiang Park. The entrance to the trail is about a 10-to-15-minute walk.
Songshan-Xindian Line (Xianjiyan Hiking Trail): After climbing a gentle slope, the trail becomes well-shaded by surrounding trees. This is a great place to enjoy a green shower.
Directions: Head toward Jingxing Road after leaving from Exit 1 at MRT Jingmei Station.
Zhonghe-Xinlu Line (Hongludi Hiking Trail): With an elevation of 302 meters, the site is known for the temple dedicated to the God of Earth, with a giant statue of the deity looking down from the mountain.
Directions: From Exit 4 of MRT Nanshijiao Station, take Bus F512 to Hongludi Hiking Trail.
Bannan Line (Hushan Hiking Trail): Hushan (Tiger Mountain) and Xiangshan are both part of Sishoushan (Four Beasts Mountain) mountain range. With an elevation around 140 meters, the half-day hike is relatively easy for the entire family. It is also a great hiking trail for observing wetland ecology, with various signboards located along the way.
Directions: Disembark at MRT Houshanpi Station. Leave from Exit 2 and walk along Zhongpo S. Road in the direction of Fude Street. The walk to the trail entrance takes about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government