One of my first biggest hikes in Taiwan turned pretty adventurous – not only because I went on it on my own, but also because I spent the night in the temple.
My journey started by entering the train from leading from Taipei main station towards Fulong. Already Australian tourists (Peter, his son and his sons Taiwanese wife) who were chatting with me on the way were wondering how come I can be going to the beach with such unpleasant (because windy and cloudy) weather. I had to agree with them. My original plan – spending lazy day at Fulong turned into hiking adventure.
After checking out the windy Fulong beach briefly I decided to hike the Caoling Historic Trail which was staring nearby touristic Information centre. Pleasant 9,5 kilometers walk which used to be important transport route between Taipei and Yilan lead me up upon Fulong where I have seen come of the countryside houses. One of them, lets give it working title “The cat house” had many animal inhabitants:
Further, near Waterfront park, I met many families walking around with kids who really enjoyed presence of the foreigner and were greeting me loudly. After another 2 kilometers the path becomes more quitet again since it is too far for families, so you can only meet there other hikers. Two historic rocks carved with Chinese characters are ready for visitors who continue the Caolin trail further. The first one is “Boldly quell the wild mists”, the largest stone inscription in Taiwan. Seems like everybody passing by this part has to have picture with the rock.
Later the path leads you up between into the windy hills where the next accretion is located. Giant rock called Tiger Tablet was painted in 1867 with chinese character for tiger is at the end of the 3 hours journey. As I was walking further, the ocean view opened in front of me. I recognized two paths – one of them was going down the hill to Tali (where is also official end of the trail), and the other one was small path leading up the mountains lining the coast. It was the beginning of other hiking path. That time I didnt’t know yet it leads to the little temple where I was about to spend a night.
But for that part you have to write until the next posting:-)