Hiking to Forget Your Worries 去台灣杉林森遠足

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It been a long time since I've gone hiking in Taiwan. The weekend just gone I went on one near Shanlinxi Forest in central Taiwan, about 100km away from me. As usual my friend picked me up at 7am, waaaaay earlier than my normal wake up time! By 9am and after I had my little nap in the car, we had arrived at the starting point of our hike. Liulongtou, is at 1650m above sea level and the clouds were bobbling in front of us.

這個星期去了台灣中部杉林森遠足。起點是1650米高的留龍頭 ,途中經過台灣著名的高山茶園,又非常僥倖看見藍腹鷴。這是台灣稀有品種,原來它在一千元紙幣上出現 ,我都從未有留意過。 遠足的終點,是人間仙境讓人流連忘返的忘憂森林。 忘憂森林的這個地方實在非常夯! 今次先分享幾張照片和視頻,下次再詳細為大家介紹。


THE ROUTE

Our plan for the day was to ascend to Jinganshushan. At just under 2100m, it is the highest point of our hike. So the total ascend is 450m during the day. After that we would descend through the forest going past a famous landmark in Taiwan, which roughly translates to Forget your Worries Forest. I have prepared a video for you, showing you part of my hike, but let me share more about my hike with you here first.

THE ASCEND

The start of the hike was quite steep. We had to climb up the mountain stepping the tree roots which were still damp from the morning dew. In my video, you can hear me panting already, and we were only 10 minutes into the hike. After this small climb, the terrain was a bit flatter and the forest opened up in front of us. The ascend became a bit milder. Hiking amongst the serene surrounding listening to the cicada chirping away and the birds singing certainly makes the hike a lot more enjoyable.



There were makeshift bridges along the path, some had already blended in with the surroundings, others looked quite new.



TEA PLANTATIONS

As we came out from the forest, and continue to ascend further up, our view was now these picturesque tea plantations. Due to the altitude and good air quality, this part of the country produces some of the best tea.



 

WILD LIFE

Another advantage of hiking in this area is that you may come across some rare wildlife. When we stopped for lunch, some hikers spotted some wild birds, one of them said it was as Swinhoe pheasant, a bird that is endemic to Taiwan. When I googled about it, I found out that due to it's colour, blue, red and white, it is considered the unofficial symbol of Taiwan, and has even appeared on the NTD1000 note. And sure enough, when I checked, there it was, it's just that I never noticed it!



HIKING TO THE HIGHEST POINT, OR NOT

Our next stop was to the highest point of the hike, Jinganshushan. By this time we were around 2000m, but before we hike the extra 100m, we had to go downhill first before up again, so all in all it was another 200 odd meters ascend. This is the path ahead, and another make shift bridge. I took this photo after I crossed the bridge. On the right hand side is an exposed drop down the valley, I don't know how deep it was, I didnt dare look. As a rough guesstimate, I'd say as a minimum 5 floors high/deep.


 

The track was quite narrow at some points, and there were no barriers on the side, so hubby and I decided to stay here and wait for my friend as he headed off on his own. In fact it wasn't such a bad idea as it was so peaceful here. I could literally close my eyes and meditate here if I wasn't worried about falling down the valley.



FORGET YOUR WORRIES

And finally to the hightlight of the day. Our last stop was Forget your Worries Forest. It doesn't have an official English name, this is my own translation. From the photos and particularly the clips in the video, you will see how apt this is. This area came about after a major earthquake in Taiwan in 2009. It is worthy of its own post, so I'm going to share a few photos with you first. Next time, I'm going talk more about this idyllic paradise.





 


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A paradise indeed!😍

那些樹映在水面的映像真的太美了! 這就是我印像中的忘憂森林

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原來去也要看時候,因為某些月份會枯水就沒那麼美麗。現在剛好 😄

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是喔?這個訊息太重要了!不然走得這麼累卻看不到最美的景色😱

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Soooo greeen!

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Lots of fresh air as well!!!

避暑是對的! 再過一兩個月山上會太冷,我要趕快去享受一下清新的空氣呀!
I'm glad I wasn't wearing headphones while watching the beginning of the video. I usually max out the volume, so the music would have been deafening. I can clearly hear you panting while filming. Not an easy climb!

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Part of it is my own fault for not doing enough excercise!

Wow......your photos are incredible @livingutaiwan and I really enjoyed viewing your video. The thick fog adds a real sense of mystery to the landscape. That is quite a hike and obviously you must be very fit.

I think the name "Forget your worries Forest' is not only unique but very suitable for this picturesque forest. Thanks so much for sharing this great blog. Cheers!

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Thanks for dropping by @trudeehunter. Taiwan is blessed to have so much of these beautiful landscape, and my friend is great at picking out the best spots for hiking.

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You are very welcome @livingutaiwan You are fortunate to be able to take advantage of the scenic beauty of Taiwan and have a friend who enjoys hiking too and knows the best places to go.

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這裏是臺中地方嗎?我很想去臺中一游

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離開台中約 100公里,開車要2個小時因為山路不好走。或可以座公車去,在山上有渡假營可以住就不用那麼趕。山上空氣很好,不少台灣人都愛去避暑。

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Though hike indeed, hear you gasping while climbing. I always need a reward (nice views) while going on a hike think you deserve one to. Did you had some sort of a hide and seek game with the bridges, or where they still clearly visible?

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The bridges were ok, not too overgrown but they did blend in very well as it was quite high up in the mountains so they had to use whatever material was available nearby.

The gasping and panting was mainly due to my lack of excercise, but it was quite steep 😅

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I remember going there a long time ago!

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You guys are from central Taiwan as well aren't you?

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Yes my parents are but I grew up in Hsinchu

I loved the video and I love the photos! It looks like it was a very adventurous hike!

I am not sure if I would dare to cross the bridge..

And I would love to see plantations! The colors there are so vibrant!

7 AM is way to early for me too! LOL

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Thanks for dropping by Martina! Luckily I can sleep on the way their so its not that bad. But it makes sense to get there early as the roads are really bendy going up the mountain.


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