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比來山 (Bi lai shan)

posted by Martin Rubli at 17:04

Another one of our emergency hikes lead us to 比來山 (Bi lai shan), a small mountain not to far from Hsinchu that had been recommended to us by someone we met on a previous hike.

Since many mountains don't have official hiking trails it can be a little tricky to find the trail entrance and you never know how many different trails there are. We had found a blog post that described a hike to said mountain and decided to try and approach it from the other side - unfortunately with little luck because our road of choice turned out to be a dead end.

Either way, the view was good and the hike was just right to take advantage of another rare sunny Saturday in the middle of the rain season.


This is what we thought (and had been told) is the road up to 比來山 (Bi lai shan). Quite nice to hike because of the shade and the slightly lower temperature than down in the valley.

This is what we thought (and had been told) is the road up to 比來山 (Bi lai shan). Quite nice to hike because of the shade and the slightly lower temperature than down in the valley.

There are plenty of little lizards along the way.

There are plenty of little lizards along the way.

The forest ranges from dense vegetation and bamboo to well organized trees like these. :-)

The forest ranges from dense vegetation and bamboo to well organized trees like these. :-)

The odd shaped mountain is 五指山 (Five finger mountain), one of my favorite (masochistically speaking) bike destinations, but from this angle only three fingers are visible.

The odd shaped mountain is 五指山 (Five finger mountain), one of my favorite (masochistically speaking) bike destinations, but from this angle only three fingers are visible.

Butterflies are also plentiful on 比來山 (Bi lai shan).

Butterflies are also plentiful on 比來山 (Bi lai shan).

Later on the road becomes more narrow with skin-cutting grass growing over the sides, so it's a good idea to wear long pants!

Later on the road becomes more narrow with skin-cutting grass growing over the sides, so it's a good idea to wear long pants!

Again the three fingers of 五指山 (Five finger mountain) in the back.

Again the three fingers of 五指山 (Five finger mountain) in the back.

And finally the disappointing dead-end just a few hundred meters below the peak. Well, nothing left to do but turning around and try a different route next time!

And finally the disappointing dead-end just a few hundred meters below the peak. Well, nothing left to do but turning around and try a different route next time!

A dragon fly along the way.

A dragon fly along the way.

Nothing quite like sitting at a river on a hot summer day, so to cool down from our little hike we stopped by the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river).

Nothing quite like sitting at a river on a hot summer day, so to cool down from our little hike we stopped by the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river).

The 南昌橋 (Nan chang bridge) that leads over the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river).

The 南昌橋 (Nan chang bridge) that leads over the 頭前溪 (Tou qian river).

One of nature's aerodynamic miracles.

One of nature's aerodynamic miracles.

A cute stray dog we saw on the way home.

A cute stray dog we saw on the way home.

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