Up for a Hiking Challenge?-For Fearless Trekkers Only
Travel Day 1 day
Trail Distance 11 km
Hiking Time 5 hours and 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty Challenging
Main Route Canguangliao Historic Trail, Yangtingli Historic Trail, and Jimuling
Located in Jiufen, Fushan Temple was were miners prayed for safety and fortune of gold mining. There is a Tudigong (Earth God) Temple inside Fushan Temple. This was because the miners worshipped the Earth God and wanted to renovate the temple, but the Earth God, through divining blocks, instructed his followers that he wished to remain in place. The Earth God, however, did agree to external expansion, and thus this unique “temple within a temple.”
Caoshan Defense Road
Make a wish, write it on the lantern and let it fly. The sky lantern festival has long been used for people to pray for their wishes. During the Lantern Festival, around February and March each year, lanterns cover the entire sky of Pingxi. If you’re an artist, writer, or photographer, we highly recommend you see this festival for yourself.
Canguangliao Historic Trail
Canguangliao, or brilliant light house, is known for its location in a sea of silvergrass that shines under autumn sunlight. The ruined house, Ganzaidian, served as a rest and supply station during the old mining days for voyagers that constantly traversed between mining fields, postal stations, and military settlements. Come to this ancient rest stop and enjoy a cup of tea.
Yangtingli Historic Trail
This was the official route laid out by Qing Dynasty administrator Yangting Li to deliver government documents between Tamsui and Kavalan sub-prefectures. The trail also served military purposes, so one of the trail highlights, Canguangliao ruin, was both a post office and a coastal observation station. Hiking along this trail reminds one of those fleet-footed messengers who ran along the trails to deliver items and signifed the vitality of Taiwan’s early pioneers.
Jimuling Mountain Village
The Jimuling area, with around 200 hectares of rice terraces, was one of the important settlements of the Dalan Historic Trail system. In recent years, the Xiao brothers, who are local residents wishing to revive their hometown, decided to rehabilitate the terraced rice paddy fields and restore the surrounding historic trails and ponds. They used existing natural resources in the mountains and integrated environmental education from the Satoyama Initiative. Travelers can fully immerse in the nature, culture and history of the Jimuling mountain village. Come and be the guest of this quaint old countryside village.
8:30-9:30 Taipei Main Station to Fushan Temple
9:30-9:50 Fushan Temple Guided Tour: A Temple Within A Temple
9:50-10:05 Fushan Temple to Caoshan Defense Road
10:05-12:30 Hiking on Caoshan Defense Road, Canguangliao Historic Trail, and Yangtingli Historic Trail
12:30-13:00 Lunch at ruined house on Canguangliao Historic Trail
13:00-16:50 Hiking on Yangtingli Historic Trail
16:50-18:00 Authentic Dinner on the Farm at Jimuling
18:00- Return to Taipei Main Station
Departs on everyday
9 am at Taipei Main Station
When to book
Book 3 days in advance
What to bring
Comfortable walking shoes
Adult (Over 6 years old)
150 USD per person
Child (1 to 6 years old)
80 USD per person
Infant (0 to 1 years old)
Free of charge. (Please note there must be at least one adult accompanying the tour with infant.)
Lunch and authentic Dinner on the Farm at Jimuling are included
A great English/Chinese -speaking guide
Van or sedan
Travel insurance and of course, memories that money can't buy!
Please note that tips for your tour guide are NOT included.