May 31, 2019

YangMingShan National Park

YangMingShan National Park (陽明山)

Last Autumn, I did a solo hike along the rolling hills of YangMingShan National Park (陽明山) just a few miles away from Taipei. From Jiantan Station, I rode a bus that took me straight to QingTianGang Circular Trail which is high above the mountains and you can get a bird's eye view of Metro Taipei.

How to Go to YangMingShan National Park: From Jiantan Station, walk towards Exit 1 (Shilin Night Market) and walk to the left side of the train Station. You can ride the city bus R5 or the smaller buses marked as S15 or S17 which I rode that took me all the way to YangMingShan Station. It cost me a very cheap price of 15 NTD (0.48 USD/ 25 PHP) that's why even if I was standing the whole zigzag road all the way up, I didn't mind it at all.

Me at the S15 bus to YangMingShan National Park

During Spring, a lot of cherry blossom trees or Sakura line up the National park and showers its slopes with beautiful flowers. Summer gives it a lush green foliage due to the thunderstorms that happen across the mountains which gives it a more livelier spirit. 

Since I visited during the late and short Autumn season, it was the silver grass that emerged victorious to my sight. I have always been dreaming of a colorful autumn but I was quite late to see the red maple trees and other hues of yellows and oranges. But yes, the silver grass were as glorious as they were. 

Silver Grass Fields at YangMingShan

I was all alone walking around the trail that weekday but there were a few families marching under the clear skies with their kids and loved ones, some where even kind enough to take pictures of me. It may be quite hard to do solo trips like these but at times, it can be very peaceful and detoxifying.

Blue skies above me

The views are amazing with all the silver grass that are growing along the the mountains. It was a very cool day and I had a really great time on the mountains that morning. I did several trails but every trail was a different flavor. Even if all of them had silver grasses, every trail gives a different angle so it was all worth the try. I am so happy I was able to bring my Hufflepuff Pride Scarf that I got from Universal Studios Japan and it complemented the deep shades of blue in the sky.

Autumn Trees at LengShuiKeng

To my surprise, walking towards the LengShuiKeng Recreational Area from the QingTianGang Trail brought me to this amazing view. I know it's not as colorful as one dreams of autumn would be like, but this was enough to make my heart smile. It may not be the time to see an array of warm hues that trip for me, but living in the tropics for all my life, this made me happy. Still, I hope that someday I can experience a very colorful Autumn somewhere in this world.

How to get back to Taipei: Buses will also pass by LengShuiKeng Recreational Area which can take you directly back to Jiantan Station in Taipei. The fare is also 15 NTD and just be ready to ride their buses standing because their city buses are usually lined with just a few seats, most of them are for elders.

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30 comments:

  1. Great photos! I am going to Taiwan also this Coming July 2019 thanks to you I got an idea where to go. More Travel to go STEVE! God Blessed.

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    1. Oh Erika! That would be amazing! July is a good time to visit (though a little humid) Wish you guys a great trip and yes, YangMingShan is definitely a must for nature lovers like me!

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  2. This is super awesome!! I super love how the photos turn out and all you can see is nature as it's best. I'm excited to see Taiwan as well. Thanks Steve! Keep it up!! Good job!!

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    1. Those are very nice words Kathleen! Please have fun and embrace nature on your trip to Taiwan! Thank you very much and hope to see you again on my blog!

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  3. I love your adventure that you took and I love your scarf. Everybody I know that goes to see the Harry Potter world gets a wand. I'd lose or break a wand but I would love a big colorful scarf such as yours.

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    1. Oh Yogi, we are absolutely the same! I would love to have a wand as well but with its price, I'd rather get me a beautiful scarf I can wear on cooler days. Thank you for dropping by :)

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  4. Hi Steven,
    Great post on your adventure in this part of Taiwan. I learned a lot. Oh, and nice Hufflepuff Pride Scarf! Love it!

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    1. Yey! Thank you very much Miss N, i am so happy you like the post and my scarf as well :)

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  5. Hello, beautiful views of the park and sky! Love the mountains and tree lined trail. Great photos. Wishing you a happy day and weekend!

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    1. Sending you all my thanks Eileen and hope your weekend will be a blast :)

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  6. What a great hike. I love the views. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! Sending you a warm hug for the weekend all the way there to Joshua Tree!

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  7. Beautiful sky shots! Happy Traveling to you ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. Gorgeous hike! What an amazing scenery... thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice weekend
    Calendula

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    1. It was an amazing Hike! Thank you so much :)

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  9. Wonderful photos and a great landscape!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  10. Nice skies! Thanks for sharing with us.

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