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Teapot Mountain located on Taiwan’s north coast is one of the most spectacular hikes I have done in Taiwan.
A trip to Teapot mountain is doable in one day (as long as you wake up early) and combines various sceneries with some more advanced climbs. The great thing about this hike is that only very few people take it, so once you get there, you can get all the panorama to yourself.
My experience from Teapot Mountain
Although the weather was not the best (some rain in the morning and a bit of foggy all day), the views were still amazing. I went there with a couple of friends who like hiking as well. All the trip, combined with transportation from Taipei, took one entire day.
Planning a trip to Teapot Mountain
We started in Jinguashi, and after climbing Teapot mountain we had lunch on the rocks and continued to Banping Mountain. Ending again in Jinguashi, we took bus to Jiufen, has some snacks and returned back to the city.
Finding the beginning of the trail
The hike starts at the Jinguashi Gold Ecological Museum. You can either arrive at Jinguashi bus or by car. There is a small parking lot on a hill just above the main entrance. Parking is free.
There will be a bridge to pass and then you should turn right, following the stone and gravel path that quickly turns into a long staircase. This first part of the climb is very steep. Stone steps take you up the mountain and it is here that you will have your last shelter from the sun.
The staircase ends at a paved road. If you follow the road up to the mountain, you will e able to reach a pavilion for your first views out over the northern coastline of Taiwan. When looking at the coastline, Teapot Mountain will be at your back, the only mountain in the area that is topped with gigantic boulders.
Tips for hiking Teapot Mountain
Bring lots of water, especially if it is going to be a hot, sunny day.
Wear lots of sunscreen. Most of the hike is exposed to the sun with very little shade.
Don’t forget those long pants and long sleeved-shirt just in case the trail is overgrown with grass.
Have fun! It’s a gorgeous hike and a ton of fun.
If you have further questions on hiking Teapot mountain, feel free to include them in the comments.