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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

If you go river tracing, plan to be out of any river by 3pm or 4pm. Afternoon showers are a daily occurrence in late spring and summer, and rivers can become swollen very quickly. Also, be on the lookout for snakes. There are no water snakes in Taiwan, but many species sun themselves on the rocks, or hole up in nooks along canyon walls. Leeches are also a nuisance on many of the more overgrown trails.