Posted by: HART | 02/18/2013

Hike: Taoyuan Valley – Alternative ascent via temple trail

Photo, map, and description by Matteo.

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An alternative ascent to the Taoyuan Valley trail, this route is shorter and much much steeper than the one from Dali. The trail is interesting and slightly technical, but care must be taken in some parts that have been damaged by landslides (a sign at the beginning of the trail will suggest hikers to take the much safer trail that starts in Daxi village). This route is though but much more scenic and beautiful. A temple is found at about two thirds of the ascent. It offers food, water, shelter and toilets. Loudspeakers connected to the temple and located some hundred meters below it fill the valley with music that can be heard from the trail since almost the beginning, giving this route a magical, “ascent to Heaven” kind of feeling.

This trail ends at the top, west end of the Taoyuan Valley trail. Turning left one can reach the last gazebo, then start the 5km descent to Daxi. Turning right leads to the Taoyuan Valley trail proper, which ends atop Dali village and connects with the Caoling Hystoric trail leading to Fulong.

Map page

GPX: We don’t link to GPX files directly anymore since links get broken whenever Wandermap updates their system. Instead you need to look on the Wandermap page, below the description of the hike, in the right corner for a “Export GPS Data” button. It will then download automatically.

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