The southern Tamsui-Kavalan Trails take you from Wanhua – the historic heart of Taipei, through Shenkeng (of stinky tofu fame), then over hills covered in neat lines of tea bushes towards Pinglin. From there you follow the winding line of Beiyi Road as it twists and speeds its way towards Yilan. Sections close to Taipei and Yilan are well known and popular, but although the middle stretch is a lot quieter, its well worth your time and energy.
WANHUA – FUYANG ECO PARK
FUYANG ECO PARK – SHENKENG
WUTUKU – PINGLIN
PINGLIN – QINGYUN BRIDGE
QINGYUN BRIDGE to JIAOXI
The Traders’ Way
The span of the Tamsui-Kavalan Trails which cuts southeast through the hills from Wanhua to Pinglin and then onwards to Jiaoxi is known as the Traders’ Way. In Chinese the term used is ‘茶道’ – an indication that tea was one of the most commonly traded commodities in the area. Indeed Pinglin – which sits roughly midway along the route – is still very much known for its tea leaves, and tea-loving hikers should definitely combine their walk with a trip to one of the tea stores which populate the town. Other products which would have historically been transported along this route include flowers grown for herbal teas along the riverbanks near Wanhua and camphor grown in the hills south of Taipei. Even today there is constant stream of local produce flowing along Beiyi Road (the old route connecting Taipei with Yilan), and anyone who stands on the side of the road will see a busy procession of trucks transporting cabbages and rice into the capital city.
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