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Secret Hiking Trail in Taipei Suburbs - Free English Tour
Hey there!:) I am Shih-Heng from Taipei...an amateur road cyclist, energetic badminton player, diligent bookworm, software product manager, and of course, your English/Spanish/Chinese tour guide in Taipei! I started to work as part-time tour guide outside regular office hours (as a software guy) since 2017, right after studying in Spain/Denmark/Slovenia and joining free walking tours myself in 20 European countries. Though not making a living by offering these tours, I do see walking tours as nice opportunities for me to share my knowledge about the Taiwanese history/nature/culture with you, and get to know about your own culture! Undoubtedly, I have a great interest in languages, since I not only speak native Chinese (Mandarin) as well as Taiwanese but also English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and a bit of German and Catalan. I am also quite familiar with the cultures in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, so if you happen to be from these regions, I am pretty sure that you will understand the Taiwanese culture more easily from the stories I prepare for you on my tours. So far, I have showed 2,000+ international travelers from 28 countries around in Taipei City, and I look forward to seeing you as well! Are you a foodie, nature lover or culture explorer? If so, I am exactly your ideal mate to accompany you getting to know Taipei and Taiwan better! Book a tour with me or send me a private message to personalize your itinerary (especially if you are passionate about hiking, cycling, and foods)!
Who is recommended to join this tour? 🚩
- First-timers in Taiwan hoping to know the fundamental knowledge and travel information about this country
- People having travelled in Taiwan before and now eager to explore the less touristy places not well-known among international travelers
Wanna go for a hike but don't want to exhaust yourself? Then this is the right tour for you! 😎
Though mostly associated with modern city image, Taipei is actually home of more than 100 hiking trails. In this tour we will explore one of the steepest trails in the neighborhood called Neihu as well as the largest temple here. Besides enjoying the panoramic view of Taipei and getting closer to the astonishing nature, as a citizen living in this area for more than 20 years, I will also share some historical and religious stories only locals are familiar with. In the end of the tour, you also get the chance to buy some local agricultural products and try out the typical Taiwanese tofu pudding (douhua)!
This tour includes the following stops:
- Enjoy the nature at Dagouxi Waterfront Park and Yuanjue Waterfall
- Bishan Temple with panoramic view of Taipei
- Bishan Hiking Trail
- Zhongyong Peak
- Baishihu Suspension Bridge
- Snack time in a local tofu pudding shop
- Take the local bus back to MRT Neihu Station
- Wear shoes suitable for hiking
- Please bring your EasyCard or coins for local shuttle, the price is TW$15/one way
- Remember to bring your mask. Taiwan is super safe now, yet due to COVID-19 those without mask will not be allowed to take public transport
- In the event that the weather condition is not good, an alternative tour showing the main attractions in the old town of Taipei City will be provided!:) So no need to worry about cancellations
What will we visit on this tour?
Meeting point:Dahu Pk, Neihu District, Taipei City,...Dahu Pk, Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan 114
Right outside of the Exit 1 of MRT Dahu Park Station (Brown Line), you will find me wearing a camouflage hat and holding a red sign "GuruWalk"
1Outside visitDagouxi Waterfront Park
2Outside visitYuanjue Falls
3Free admissionBishanyan Kaizhang Shengwang Temple
This temple might not be as famous and busy as Longshan Temple in the city center, but this is exactly why we are exploring the spot. Being a gigantic temple sitting on a slope in Taipei's suburbs, it provides a breathtaking panoramic view just as the well-known Elephant Mountain does. Come visit, and you will be "wowed"!
4Outside visitZhongyongshan Trail
Here is a fun fact: Taipei City is actually home to 150+ hiking trails! If you are looking for some exotic places off the beaten track to fulfill your "wanderlust", come with me to check out this hiking trail. This is one of the steepest hiking trails in Taipei (but not that challenging) and it offers the vibe of tropical forests. We are also likely to encounter lovely indigenous wildlife such as butterflies, woodpeckers, and magpies!
5Outside visitBaishihu Suspension Bridge
6Free admissionMingguwu Bakery
After the short walk, we will enjoy some local tea and snacks here to refresh ourselves a bit before heading back to the metro station.
7Outside visitMRT Neihu Station
How much does this tour cost?
Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).