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.
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.
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 !