Posted by: Teacher Peter | February 2, 2011

New Year’s Day Journey to Dakeng

“The name “Dakeng” means the “great depression,” a reference to a 350-meter-wide valley here.”

Getting There:

http://maps.google.com.tw/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=24.189245,120.75111(24.189245,+120.75111)

–From http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002112&id=R22

“Dakeng has 10 hiking trails

The trails are numbered from 1 to 10 and have different starting points. All the paths are man-made and range from dead flat to near vertical. The steepest parts aren’t too dangerous though, as there are ropes and rails to hang on to.

Trail #1 to #4 are the longest and steepest ones. To get there from Taichung, drive east on Wenxin Rd until it becomes Dongshan Rd. Keep driving all the way to the roundabout with the big tree. Turn right on Hengkeng Lane and follow the hiking or campground sign.

Trail #5 is on the ridge and it connects the four previous ones. This is where you’ll find the lookouts.

Trail #6 to #10 are short, flat walking paths right at the entrance of Dakeng Scenic Area. The tracks take you through thick forests, and stay at lower elevation, so don’t expect any views like the one on the picture at the top of this page. When you’re coming on Dongshan Rd, look for a cemetery on your left, just before the big traffic circle. The trails are right behind.”

–From http://www.taiwanese-secrets.com/dakeng.html

Also, I read that there may be a farm nearby:

http://senoritapequena.blogspot.com/2007/03/dakeng-recreational-farm.html

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