Though relatively new on the backpacker trail, Taiwan is a country full of surprises. It boasts sensational food, an eclectic mix of cultures, incredibly hi-tech cities and ridiculously friendly locals.
Yet perhaps the biggest surprise here lies in its natural beauty. Known for centuries as ?Ilha Formosa? (Beautiful Island), Taiwan?s impressive scenery has an uncanny ability to win over travellers.
Think towering mountains, tropical forests, a whole host of alluring offshore islands and a staggering eight national parks to boot. Pretty darn impressive in a country just half the size of Ireland! The best way to soak in all this rather spectacular scenery is to strap on a pair of walking boots and get your hike on.
Taiwan has a vast network of trails to explore, and most can be undertaken without a guide. And the best part" Given that the country remains largely undiscovered, you?re unlikely to spot any other tourists along the way. So lace up, strap on that day pack and get cracking.
Yushan National Park (Jade Mountain)
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Topping almost 4,000 metres, the imposing Yushan, or Jade Mountain as it?s otherwise known, is Taiwan?s highest peak and arguably one of the best places for hiking and climbing on the island.
To be fair, it?s not the most accessible of peaks, and you?ll need to do plenty of planning before you tackle it, but the rewards are ample. Hikes are challenging and certainly not suited for beginners, but the views from the top are out of this world.
The most common route is to the Yushan Main Peak, best done as a two-day hike starting in Tatajia with an overnight stop at the Paiyun Cabin. Note that the cabin is often booked up and you?ll need a permit in order to climb ? so plan ahead!
Yangmingshan National Park
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