Secluded Forest Retreat-Relax and Unwind
Travel Day: 1 day
Trail Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Main Route: Shumeiping Historic Trail, Canguangliao Historic Trail, and Shuangxi Old Street
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.”
Shumeiping Historic Trail
As an important former military route, Shumeiping Historic Trail is a nice look-out spot with a view that takes in the Shuinandong ocean area, sitting right across Mt. Keelung. Hike uphill to the Shumeiping Observation Deck for a breathtaking panorama view of Mt. Keelung, Mt. Teapot, Jiufen, Jinguashi, and the beautiful northern coastline.
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.
Shuangxi Cultural Workshop
The workshop provides a story-telling tour guided by Shuangxi locals and brings you back to the heydays two hundred years ago, when merchants and inland residents would arrive at the nearby ferry dock and come to the main street of Shuangxi for trade and supplies. Touring around the ruins of the opium den and the Zhou Family Old Homestead, visitors get to revisit the hundred-year memories of this ancient trading river route.
9:00-9:50 Taipei Main Station to Fushan Temple
9:50-10:10 Fushan Temple Guided Tour: A Temple Within A Temple
10:10-10:20 Walk from Fushan Temple to Shumeiping Historic Trail
10:20-11:00 Hiking on Shumeiping Historic Trail
11:00-13:00 Hiking on Caoshan Defense Road and Canguangliao Historic Trail (Jiufen section)
13:00-13:30 Lunch at Ganzaidian Ruins
13:30-14:30 Hiking on Canguangliao Historic Trail (Mudan section)
14:30-14:50 Canguangliao Historic Trail to Shuangxi Old Street
14:50-17:00 Shuangxi Cultural Workshop: Guided Tour at Shuangxi Old Street
17:00- Return back 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
Shuangxi Cultural Workshop
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.