Top choice hiking in Xindian

A wonderful oasis, this low mountain affords a couple of hours' hiking in lush forest with genuinely outstanding views of the higher mountains heading south and across Taipei. To find the trailhead simply cross the Bitan Suspension Bridge and look for the secret stairs to the left just after the map board.

This place teems with bird, butterfly, insect and squirrel life, and in April it is a great spot to view fireflies after dusk.

If you end up on the far side of the mountain you can take the Xindian Ferry back to the boardwalk of cafes for NT$20 per person.