Mt. Dadong Hiking Trail (大棟山登山步道)
There are multiple routes leading to the peak. From Yuankuang Bridge, you can walk uphill along the Fuyuan Mountain Trail for about 4.3km to Dadongshan Rd. to arrive Highland 405. One fork in the former part of the trail, Shiyun Rd., leads to the century-old Shiyun Temple, where exquisite Koji ceramic artifacts, towering archway and steep stone steps contributes to a solemn atmosphere. Subcostate crape myrtle, camphor trees and red cedar trees over 100 years old stand tall and erect in front of the temple court to provide shade for tired travelers. Getting back to Datong Rd. and passing by Xukong Temple and some local restaurants, you arrive at Highland 405. Another route to the highland is a 3.2km walk along Tukeng Industrial Road via Ji Chu Zhong Shu Temple and Thousand Buddha Temple that is especially abundant in primary forests.
In addition to a scenic lookout, Highland 405 has a first order triangulation station and a hydrological station. It overlooks Xue Mountain Range and Dahan River on its east side, Guanyin Mountain and Linkou on its west side, Zhongli and the mountainous region of Fuxing on its south side, and Danshui River and the Grand Hotel on its north side. The tiredness would go away with the rush of excitement while reaching the summit and the refreshing scent of the phytoncides. Dadong Mountain's rich ecosystem is also one of its a tourist attractions: swallowtail and large purple fritillary flying here and there between spring and summer, silver grass swaying in the breeze in autumn and maple leaves changing from yellow and orange to fiery red in winter. Highland 405 connects to not only Datong Mountain Hiking Trail that extends to Qinglong Hill, but also Guangong Ridge Trail for Butterfly Watching that features up to 30 kinds of wild butterflies.
- Viewing Deck
- Hiking Trail