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騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:48

Over the two months we were not exactly blessed with good weather. To be more precise: The weekdays were sunny and warm but week after week rain clouds and fog would pull up, just in time to ruin the outdoor weekend.

Luckily there's an exception to every rule, so we came up with something we like to call "emergency hikes". An emergency hike consists of a) a hiking route that needs virtually no preparation and b) no expectations. Basically, they're perfect when the clouds suddenly lift and you can no longer stand to be trapped inside.

One such emergency hike was 騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail), not too far from here. The trail itself is very short and more of a walk than a hike, but the area is nice and very quiet:

Upper entrance to the 騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

Upper entrance to the 騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

View from one of the three old bridges that cross the 騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail). These bridges are made partially from 糯米 (Nuo mi), a kind of glutinous rice that can serve as a very particular building material.

View from one of the three old bridges that cross the 騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail). These bridges are made partially from 糯米 (Nuo mi), a kind of glutinous rice that can serve as a very particular building material.

We didn't quite get what the tires along the way are for but it seems at least the spiders are enjoying them. :-)

We didn't quite get what the tires along the way are for but it seems at least the spiders are enjoying them. :-)

騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

Coconut trees along the way? Or just Papaya? Botanists, feel free to e-mail your opinion! :-)

Coconut trees along the way? Or just Papaya? Botanists, feel free to e-mail your opinion! :-)

騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail)

A tiny temple close to the lower entrance of the 騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail).

A tiny temple close to the lower entrance of the 騎龍古道 (Qi long ancient trail).

Humans are not the only ones enjoying the rare few hours of sun ...

Humans are not the only ones enjoying the rare few hours of sun ...

View from the 大山背客家人文生態館 (Da shan bei Hakka culture center)

View from the 大山背客家人文生態館 (Da shan bei Hakka culture center)

後山古道 (Back mountain ancient trail), which must be one of the shortest trails ever. The round trip takes around five minutes. :-)

後山古道 (Back mountain ancient trail), which must be one of the shortest trails ever. The round trip takes around five minutes. :-)

Poinsettia (聖誕紅) along the way.

Poinsettia (聖誕紅) along the way.

Rice fields along 竹34縣.

Rice fields along 竹34縣.

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