Small Village/Hiking sights in Northern Taiwan
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There are two reasons travellers step off the train in Pingxi (平溪 | Píngxī): to climb the Pingxi crags and to release sky lanterns.
The highest crag is only 450m or so, but to reach the top you must scramble up metal ladders and steps that are carved into the rock face. No technical skill is required, but it's an adrenalin rush nonetheless.
To reach the trails, walk to the main road from the train station and go right. Just past the spiffy-looking red-brick school you'll see a set of stairs to the left and an English map. Head up the stairs, and then after a five-minute walk along the path look for the sign for Cimu Feng (慈母峰; Címǔfēng). Follow the path as it…