Itinerary 2020 5/13 – 5/15
- 鐵杉林步道 Taiwan Hemlock Forest Nature Trail
- 太平山莊 (松柏小屋) Taipoingshan Villa
- 翠峰山屋 Cueifong Villa
- 台灣山毛櫸步道 Taiwan Beech Trail
- 翠峰湖環山步道 Cueifong Lake Circular Trail
- 望洋山步道 Wangyangshan Trail (Sunrise)
- 翠峰湖環山步道 Cueifong Lake Circular Trail (too foggy to see the lake yesterday)
- 見晴懷古步道 Jiancing Historic Trail
鳩之澤溫泉 Jiuzhize (Renze) Hot Springs
- Long face 臭臉甜點工作室
阿娘給的蒜味肉羹 mother’s love garlic meat soup
First we picked up Xuan at her dorm then we left for Taipingshan. For lunch, we had some rice noodle soup with fish meatballs at 呂家傳統魚丸米粉. The food was okay, but the decorations were quite interesting.
After lunch, we kept driving for about an hour and stopped by the convenience store for some essentials and candies. It’s better that you bring some snacks. There were no convenience stores up there, and it costs more if you buy at the local shops. Finally, we saw the entrance gate of Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area. Ticket price: NT$150 weekdays, $200 weekends, Students $100. After some short break, we continued driving to where we stayed tonight, Taipingshan Villa Service Station. After checking in at the villa center, we had to climb up some stairs to reach our cabin called Cypress Cabin 扁柏小屋. After eating some chips and candies, we decided to take 蹦蹦車, a 1 km long sightseeing train. But because we had to wait for a half-hour plus it was kind of like the train we took at Ali Mt., therefore at the end, we started our first trail, Taiwan Hemlock Forest Nature Trail.
Weather at Taipingshan varies greatly. It can be sunny and hot in the morning, and cloudy and chilly in the afternoon. Some areas are foggy almost all the time, so drive slowly and turn your lights on. Overall it’s safe.
After the trail, we went back to our cabin and ate some snacks. The meals were only served for breakfast and dinner. We had to wait until 6 to eat.
After dinner, we went to the café that was right across from the restaurant. We had three NT$30 discount coupons, gifts from the accommodation. Since we were so full, we skipped the pancakes and just ordered a cup of apple tea and a cup of milk tea. Mom said the apple tea was good because it was very sweet, but then she changed her mind after some more sips. The drinks were okay, but the serving lady was very friendly. Great vibe too! Then here came the movie time. After the introduction clip of Taipingshan was the clip about Golden Bats. Very boring, yet somehow we managed to finish them all. I got a call from a job interview while the movie was playing. I didn’t make it through.