Road trip in Taiwan – Exploring the Lion Head Mountain

Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts can be found here : Taiwan 

That day, we left the accommodation and drove towards the Lion Head Mountain. On our way, we stopped briefly near Shimen reservoir, attracted by the bright colours of these lovely flowers. The scenery was once again breathtaking.

On the road again

The Lion Head Mountain was just fabulous, full of Buddhist and Taoist temples, ranging from large and elaborate, linked together by numerous steps. The temples are either built on top of a cliff or actually built in caves, respecting the beauty of the environment. The buddhist monks are chanting and it’s quite lovely, it’s emphasised the feeling of being a “sacred” mountain.

Quan-Hua Temple is the only Taoist temple and was built in 1897 and is the oldest temple on the mountain. The temple is built directly into the side of a mountain cliff.

Quan-Hua Temple

If you keep going, you can have a better view over the temple.

It’s quite easy to spend a full day over there, getting lost on all the hiking trails and visiting all the temples around.

After a little look around, we stopped in Beipu to have a look at their food market and we ate a few things, including some Hakka delicacies and it was very good !

We finally drove towards our accommodation in Dahu for the night and had a nice bath !

Dahu accommodation

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60 responses to “Road trip in Taiwan – Exploring the Lion Head Mountain

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  3. super-post, comme d’hab’… :) btw, we love Taiwan where we’ve been 4 times, our son & his Taiwanese gf are still on vacation in Taipei, and we’re just back from our 3rd trip to Iceland… we already miss “it”!!! <3
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    bonne semaine et amicales pensées, Mélanie

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  4. You are killing me :-) More places of intrigue and fun from Taiwan… The amount of National Parks/reserves in Taiwan is something else, there are several amazing hikes and mountains and you’ve got a good one there with Lion Head. You definitely are doing Taiwan right, although I think with quite a bit of help :-) Cheers to a great weekend!

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    • There are so many mountains and national parks/scenic areas to explore ! It’s difficult to visit everything in one trip :-) I was lucky to have my boyfriend with me to help me with the translation :-)

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    • The colours were great, that’s why we were drawn to that spot :-) The air was really good in the East and in the middle of the country. When we were in the big cities on the West coast you could feel that the air was a bit more polluted and it was impossible to see the blue sky.

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  5. Beautiful flowers and an interesting post. I was looking at flowers like those at a flower show yesterday, camera in hand, then thought to myself – ‘it’s no use trying to photograph those, you’ve tried before and never got it right’ – so it was a real treat to see you in my Reader just now, showing me how it’s done!

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  6. At the hotel where I stayed in Taipei they also had that kind of bathtub. The Taiwanese really love their hot spring, apparently. The skies look so clear when you went. How lucky!

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  7. Those flowers look amazing. What a lovely romantic red and pink colour. Interesting to hear that some of the temples are built in caves – those caves must be big. Stunning rolling mountain views from above. All I can say is, “wahhhh…!” :D

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    • The flowers were just gorgeous. Some people were taking serious pictures over there (like a photoshoot), and I can understand why.. it was very picturesque.

      Yes, it was very strange to see one of the temple in a cave. The temple was not that big and when they say cave, it’s more like a little dent in the rock, it’s not really underground.

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  8. This is amazing..and your photos are so yummy! Are those pink Bougainvilleas? Looks so pretty under the bright sun..almost magical. That view, this place is stunning.
    You just made me think of putting Taiwan on my list of places to see. Thank you for sharing!

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    • It looks like Bougainvillea but I’m not so sure.. I’m not really good at figuring out plant names. It was like a mini tree and was smelling good as well !

      If you have the chance, visit Taiwan it’s really well worth it and people are just lovely over there :-)

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