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面天山 (Mian tian shan)

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:13

Before wreaking havoc (and hopefully giving us a day off around Thursday-ish - *hinthint*) the approaching typhoon has blessed us with a beautiful weekend with the air so clear as you will rarely see it in Taipei.

One of Ivy's friends was nice enough to let us borrow his scooter since we had to run some errands *hinthint#2* in 陽明山 (Yang ming shan), the National Park just north of Taipei. So, on the way back we went on a little hike to 面天山 (Mian tian shan), a rather unknown and clearly underestimated mountain.

Of all the mountains in 陽明山 (Yang ming shan) I've been to this is my favorite by far. It may have to do with the excellent weather last weekend, but the location of the mountain is simply great. You can overlook the entire city of Taipei, all the way up to 淡水 (Dan shui) and 三芝 (San zhi). There's a great view of 觀音山 (Guan yin shan) as well and you can see the two highest mountains in Taipei; 大屯山 (Da tun shan) and 七星山 (Qi xing shan).

As usual, here's the map of our hike ...

... and the pictures:

View from 興福寮 (Xing fu liao) towards 觀音山 (Guan yin shan).

View from 興福寮 (Xing fu liao) towards 觀音山 (Guan yin shan).

A huge caterpillar, probably a 直帶黃枯葉蛾 (Odonestis formosae), a local moth.

A huge caterpillar, probably a 直帶黃枯葉蛾 (Odonestis formosae), a local moth.

View of Taipei from half-way up 面天山 (Mian tian shan).

View of Taipei from half-way up 面天山 (Mian tian shan).

大屯山 (Da tun shan) on the left, 七星山 (Qi xing shan) in the back, and 大屯西峰 (Da tun west peak) on the right.

大屯山 (Da tun shan) on the left, 七星山 (Qi xing shan) in the back, and 大屯西峰 (Da tun west peak) on the right.

One of two bizarre-looking reflective panels on the top of 面天山 (Mian tian shan). Other than that, the view is perfect!

One of two bizarre-looking reflective panels on the top of 面天山 (Mian tian shan). Other than that, the view is perfect!

The view towards south-west with 向天山 (Xiang tian shan) in front and 觀音山 (Guan yin shan) in the back behind the river.

The view towards south-west with 向天山 (Xiang tian shan) in front and 觀音山 (Guan yin shan) in the back behind the river.

One of us is wearing the wrong T-shirt. Guess who!

One of us is wearing the wrong T-shirt. Guess who!

The top of 面天山 (Mian tian shan).

The top of 面天山 (Mian tian shan).

The trail down from 面天山 (Mian tian shan) to 向天山 (Xiang tian shan).

The trail down from 面天山 (Mian tian shan) to 向天山 (Xiang tian shan).

On the way to 向天山 (Xiang tian shan).

On the way to 向天山 (Xiang tian shan).

Looking back towards 面天山 (Mian tian shan). In the distance you can still spot 大屯山 (Da tun shan), 七星山 (Qi xing shan), and 大屯西峰 (Da tun west peak).

Looking back towards 面天山 (Mian tian shan). In the distance you can still spot 大屯山 (Da tun shan), 七星山 (Qi xing shan), and 大屯西峰 (Da tun west peak).

向天也 ... Some people call it 向天池 (Xiang tian pond), but it probably hasn't seen water in years, so I don't think it deserves the 水 in the name!

向天也 ... Some people call it 向天池 (Xiang tian pond), but it probably hasn't seen water in years, so I don't think it deserves the 水 in the name!

Back at 真聖宮 (Zhen sheng temple) where we had started off.

Back at 真聖宮 (Zhen sheng temple) where we had started off.

I couldn't help but taking a video at the top. Be sure to turn up the quality to at least 720p - I don't have a camera capable of shooting Full HD videos for nothing. ;-)


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