Perfect for Parent-Child Bonding
Travel Day: 1 day
Trail Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Main Route: Ganjiao, Zhongkeng Historic Trail, and Ganjiao Stop
Taifa Charcoal Kiln
Come to Taifa Charcoal Kiln for a glimpse into the secret of coal making. At that time, the kiln produced the largest amount of coal in the Shuangxi area, supported by over one thousand workers on a daily basis. Workers only made six dollars in profit when burning a kiln and earned less than 100 dollars a day, but they had to work long hours under high temperature and extreme risks. Their skin was torched red and dry, but they had to continue working to support their families.
Weihui Temple was the center of both religious and everyday life for Ganjiao residents. In early years, Ganjiao produced tea, and tea merchants would trade at the temple plaza. Other vendors joined the booming commercial district, selling pork, tofu, and groceries. During the gold rush era, Ganjiao was the transportation hub of the Danlan Historic Trail system that connected nearby villages—south to Daping, north to Shifenliao, and east to Dingshuangxi. There was even a handcar railway between Ganjiao and Dingshuangxi when the mining industry was at its peak.
Zhongkeng Historic Trail
Zhongkeng Historic Trail was the shortcut for tea merchants to travel between Ganjiao and Panshankeng. When you enter the trail, what comes in sight are terraced fields, frog-shaped rocks, running streams, old stone bridges, and ancient houses. You might even spot a water buffalo family grazing on the green pasture.
Mr. Wang, the owner of Ganjiao Courier Station, used to work in finance but then decided to settle down in Ganjiao Town, “the pearl in the mountain valley,” to build his own Shangri-La. He has an unique taste for coffee, so he roasted his own coffee beans and created “Ganjiao Special”, a signature drink that attracted great fanfare. In addition to his barista business, he also grows organic vegetables, hoping to create a slow living, healthy, and natural lifestyle. Ganjiao Station is the perfect spot to relax your body and mind.
9:00-9:50 Taipei Main Station to Taifa Charcoal Kiln
9:50-10:30 Guided Tour at Taifa Charcoal Kiln
10:30-10:40 Walk from Taifa Charcoal Kiln to Weihui Temple
10:40-11:00 Guided Tour at Weihui Temple
11:00-11:30 Walk from Weihui Temple to Zhongkeng Historic Trail
11:30-14:30 Zhongkeng Historic Trail (roundtrip)
14:30-14:35 Walk from Zhongkeng Historic Trail to Ganjiao Courier Station
14:35-15:35 Ganjiao Courier Station – Tea Tasting and Snacks
15:35-17:00 Ganjiao Courier Station – Coffee Bean Roasting
17:00 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 is 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.