Nantou's Yuchi District is best known for being the home of Sun Moon Lake, but that's far from the only beauty spot it boasts. This short and easy trail might not feature in the guidebooks, but it should do. Peaceful and pretty–the perfect place to pass an afternoon.
XILONG TRAIL and MA’AN OLD CANAL (溪瀧步道/馬岸古圳)
This short walk in Wulai District packs an unreasonable amount of prettiness into its 2km length. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lazy afternoon by the riverside.
DASHEHU TRAIL (大舌湖健行步道)
This short and easy trail in New Taipei's Pinglin District is a good choice for a lazy summer afternoon. It meanders along a river, through rows of tea, and takes you down to a pretty suspension bridge.
HUBAOTAN HISTORIC TRAIL (虎豹潭古道)
A very watery wander along a pretty historic trail in New Taipei’s Shuangxi District.
SECRET SPOT OF WU LAO KENG
Sometimes the summer heat here in Taiwan makes hiking an unappealing prospect. For the days when you just wish to laze in cool liquid you can head to this watering hole south of Yilan which is literally hidden under a bridge.
XIN SHAN TO MENG HU AND KEZILIN RIVER POOL (新山, 夢湖, 柯子林天然游泳池)
Excitement, adventure, great views, a hidden lake and a wild swimming pool just outside of Taipei. This is a great loop walk with all sorts of rewards for those who attempt it in the warmer months.
XINLIAO WATERFALL TRAIL (新寮瀑布)
A super short amble to an impressive waterfall.