After the awesome breakfast, we started our tour to the Datun Nature Park. The Datun Nature Park is located between Mount Datun and Mount Tsaikungkang. This area contains a big marshy Datun Pond and the view from this area is simply breathtaking. And what makes this place more beautiful is when the various type of rhododendron and azaleas are blooming spectacularly especially during spring. Yeay… aren’t I lucky to be here during spring.
We then travel up to Mount Chihsing (Seven Star Mountain) is the highest peak of the Datun Volcano Group and is located in the center of the Yangmingshan National Park. The Chihsing Park is located at the south of Mount Chihsing eastern summit. There are four different sizes of pavilions and are a popular rest stop area for visitors who climb Mount Chihsing. Visitor can take the walking trails that leads from Chihsing Park to Menghuan Lake, Lengshuikeng and the eastern and main summits of Mount Chihsing. Isn’t the view from here beautiful? *love* 🙂
We continue to explore the Mount Chihsing and before we see it, we can practically smell Hsiaoyoukeng (also known as Xiaoyoukeng). That’s right, Hsiaoyoukeng is the most famous recreation area in the Yangmingshan National Park as it offers one of the most breathtaking scenery. This place is located above the Tatung Bridge along the Yangminshan-Chinshan highway.
Hsiaoyoukeng is located approximately 800 meters above sea level and is a post volcanic area located at the northwestern food of Mount Chihsing. This place is really famous for the fumaroles, sulfur crystals, hot springs and “landslide terrain” formed by the post-volcanic activities. The bright yellow sulfur crystals view and the sulfurous gases rising from Hsiaoyoukeng’s fumaroles make this a unique experience and site, especially so close to Taipei.
Now trust me… this is definately a bug and snake free zone 🙂
I would also recommend visitors who is interested to know and take in sights of the aarow bamboo to spend a few minutes to take a pleasant walk on the Arrow Bamboo Trail.
*phew* now that is a lot of walking… and climbing for the morning. I need to recharge! I need food!!