Manapan - the second most popular hike in Taiwan

in #travel2 months ago (edited)

Today I went hiking at Manapan Mountain at Miaoli in Taiwan. It's said to be the second most popular hike in Taiwan, and now I understand why.

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It was a beautiful day for a hike, and we arrived at the car park at 10am. There was a beautiful pink sakura tree at one end. Taiwan is more southern than Japan, and our sakura trees tend to blossom earlier than Japan. I thought the other trees behind the sakura were like green giants protecting the little princess. As I came out from the car park, I walked past an orange orchard.









Manapang Mountain Hiking Trail 8/10


The Manapan hike is a shortish walk, around 2.3km ascending 400 metres up and descending back down the same route. This hike is a family friendly one suitable for kids as there are no difficult scrambling, just some stairs, which although hard work, nothing that a child can't manage. In fact, on my way up, I saw a few families with kids already on their way back down from their hike. The hike starts off on gentle terrain, crossing a couple of bridges, and gradually ascending into the mountain forest.









Manapang Mountain Hiking Trail 8/10


As I ascended further up, there are more steps. This normally means the hike is going to get a bit tougher. I love the variety of the steps, that come in different forms yet all blended in with the trail. The other thing I like about this trail is that it's not enclosed under the trees and you get to see the beautiful blue sky above you.











Manapang Mountain Hiking Trail 10/10


After an hour and half of hiking, I finally reached the Manapan peak at 1406 metres above sea levels. I started off at 1020 meters. The path towards the summit is lined with pretty pink flowers in the one side, and the blue skies filled with clouds on the other side. I wonder if this is what walking towards paradise looks like. The trig point here is classified as a class 1 trig point in Taiwan. There are four classes, and I'm told tclass 1 means you can see the furthest away. The view was absolutely breath taking, and I think really worth the not too strenuous hike up here.









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I lingered up at the summit for about half an hour soaking in the scenery around me, realising why it is the second most popular hike in Taiwan. I would have loved to stay longer had me friend not said it was time to leave. He said he found a great restaurant down in the village that specialises in local ingredients, specifically strawberry. This area is well known for its strawberries. It was a great way to round off the hike, particularly as I could see the Manapan summit from outside the restaurant. Hard to believe I was up there only an hour ago.









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Finally with a bit of time to read through this @livinguktaiwan and definitely looks like my kind of place! 😊 Very nice photos taken of the flowering trees and the trail up. And a nice one of you on the summit appearing as though you were "fresh as a daisy"! 😊

Loved this ...

"I wonder if this is what walking towards paradise looks like."

... as I am often inspired with similar thoughts when "out and about" in the great outdoors. I don't have thoughts even remotely close to this, when traipsing around a big city ... 😉

Topped off with what appears to be an excellent meal, must've been a very special day. Thank you for sharing with us! 👍

I'm glad you liked my hike @roleerob.

I think nature doesn't need to do much to satisfy one. Just the sounds of the wind blowing, birds singing, and the trickle of water from the streams is very relaxing and soothing. We must get you over here for a hike sometime!!!!

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Yes, amen @livinguktaiwan ...

"Just the sounds of the wind blowing, birds singing, and the trickle of water from the streams is very relaxing and soothing."

... as there is nothing in this life which provides a greater sense of peace and serenity. At least for this Steemian ...

As for going on a hike "over there" sometime, I would really enjoy the opportunity, if it ever presents itself. We'll see what the future holds! 😉

Thank you, my friend!!



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some of that looks quite tough but overall appears to be a wonderful place for a hike. I hope i can remember this should I end up visiting there.

Taiwan's a great place for visa runs as well!!!

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that could end up being something i do!



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Some parts looks like not easy to walk but at least it's not wet.

Actually this is quite an easy one, there is a bit of climbing but there are stairs, so it's not as bad as it looks.
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Stunning photos what an amazing trail, i love all the wooden hand rails even an old man like me could manage that! Beautiful blue skies too send them over to us in the UK