Hikes near Taipei: challenge yourself on one of region’s most difficult day hikes with 90-degree ascents and descents

A perfect day trip from Taipei City, Wuliaojian Mountain, in Taiwan’s Sanxia District, has been billed as the region’s best day hike.“One of my ancestors was beheaded around here by the indigenous people about a hundred years ago, before the Japanese occupation,” says Cheng Wen-chiu, my friend and unofficial guide.He says this as we get ready to tackle the first set of fixed ropes hikers use to pull themselves up five jutting plumes to the 645-metre (2,110-feet) summit of Wuliaojian (or “Five…

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