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Travel articles about Taiwan's wilderness

Several hiking and biking routes that Blue Skies offers have been covered by stories in Taiwan's national English-language newspaper, The Taipei Times. Read more about the history, scenery, and adventure that awaits travelers in Taiwan's wilderness:

The A-Xi Trail covers an abandoned railway line, primitive trail, massive primordial cypress trees, and a barrier lake only 20 years old. One of the most varied and most enjoyable group hike experiences on the island.

A weeklong walk across the island through Yushan National Park along a Japanese trail.

The "sections" are long trails in the Central Mountain Range that allow hikers to nab several of the 100 Peaks in one trip. This is the longest and most remote section of them all. At ten days fully self-supported, it is a challenge that requires significant preparation

The southernmost of Taiwan's 100 Peaks can be summited in a single day, but it is a test of fitness and stamina. For those who are prepared, this prominent peak gives views of the adjacent Pingtung plains that you would normally only get from an airliner. Read about the exhausting one-day ascent here.

This hike is not on a typical mountain trail, but rather a semi-abandoned road used for logging in the past and occasional transmission line maintenance today. The destination is one of the jewels of the Central Mountain, Seven Colors Lake. For peakbaggers, one of the 100 Peaks is nearby as well.

An even better way to reach the lake mentioned in the previous article is by mountain bike. This road gives you the best views of Taiwan's mountain riding at all elevations and the grade is manageable.

The Baolai River in rural Kaohsiung has a series of natural hot springs that are reachable by trails of varying difficulty and length.

Where the city meets the sea lies one of Kaohsiung's most famous landmarks, Monkey Mountain. It is well known for its primate dwellers, but less well known for the astounding number of limestone caves. Some of these are open to the public when accompanied by a guide and make for an easy day- or half-day trip without leaving the city.

In this "Taiwan in Time" article, the western section of the Nenggao Historic Trail is introduced through the lens of history. Learn about one of the trails the Japanese built to control Aboriginal populations, and later used to install transmission lines. Today, the route is largely intact and is a very popular hiking destination.


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