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七星山 (Qi xing shan)

posted by Martin Rubli at 14:37

Today, in our 陽明山 (Yang ming shan) series, the highest mountain in Taipei: 七星山 (Qi xing shan).

With 1120 meters it still just qualifies as a hill in my vernacular, but climbing a hill at 30 °C on a sunny summer day still works up a better sweat than many a mountain.

Almost exactly five years ago we had been to the same mountain already, albeit with very little view because of the infamous fog in the area. This time the weather gods were rather kind, so we got to see a little more.

We also took a different route this time, starting in 小油坑 (Xiao you keng), hiking to the top, and descending on the other side to the main visitor center:


A fumarole near 小油坑 (Xiao you keng).

A fumarole near 小油坑 (Xiao you keng).

The picture says it all - the smell of sulfur is everywhere up here.

The picture says it all - the smell of sulfur is everywhere up here.

View down to 小油坑 (Xiao you keng). In the back is 小觀音山 (Xiao guan yin shan) with its collection of TV masts. Apparently TV not only makes viewers stupid but also mountains ugly.

View down to 小油坑 (Xiao you keng). In the back is 小觀音山 (Xiao guan yin shan) with its collection of TV masts. Apparently TV not only makes viewers stupid but also mountains ugly.

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The trail towards 七星山 (Qi xing shan).

The trail towards 七星山 (Qi xing shan).

Another fumarole on the way up.

Another fumarole on the way up.

One of the many lizards the can be found in the mountains. This specimen certainly looks well-fed ... :-)

One of the many lizards the can be found in the mountains. This specimen certainly looks well-fed ... :-)

Lunch break on 七星山 (Qi xing shan).

Lunch break on 七星山 (Qi xing shan).

View towards 七星山東峰 (Qi xing shan East peak)

View towards 七星山東峰 (Qi xing shan East peak)

The two of us together on the highest "mountain" of 陽明山 (Yang ming shan).

The two of us together on the highest "mountain" of 陽明山 (Yang ming shan).

If there's something to climb I just have to ...

If there's something to climb I just have to ...

... especially if it's a 5 year-old tradition!

... especially if it's a 5 year-old tradition!

七星蟬 - The cicada from Qi xing shan. This one seemed to get a particular kick out of landing on people who tried to have their picture taken at the top.

七星蟬 - The cicada from Qi xing shan. This one seemed to get a particular kick out of landing on people who tried to have their picture taken at the top.

View down to 紗帽山 (Sha mao shan).

View down to 紗帽山 (Sha mao shan).

The stairs down to the visitor center.

The stairs down to the visitor center.

A well-camouflaged slender reptile ...

A well-camouflaged slender reptile ...

... and a less camouflaged one.

Is it obvious that I gave up trying to actually find out the names of these animals? It's just too hard. But if you want to give it a go, [http://blog.sina.com.tw/d100vs/ this page] is a good start. :-)

... and a less camouflaged one.

Is it obvious that I gave up trying to actually find out the names of these animals? It's just too hard. But if you want to give it a go, this page is a good start. :-)

On the top of 七星山 (Qi xing shan) again - at least on the map!

On the top of 七星山 (Qi xing shan) again - at least on the map!


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