This is the very article of this brand new blog, and for that, let me present you one of my favorite hiking spot in Taipei, Fuzhou Mountain Park (福州山公園).
How to get there?
Fuzhou Park is situated south of Taipei City, at around 5-10 minutes walk from Linguang Station (麟光站) of the brown line, and at about 10-15 minutes from NTU main campus. The park has multiple entrances, but no matter where you start, you’ll easily find the top.
If I have to describe Fuzhou Park in a sentence, I would say that “It’s like a drop of tropical jungle in the middle of an urban jungle”. A nice place to disconnect from the city and have some wildlife adventure, like watching butterflies or hunting down the mosquito that is trying to eat you alive.
It is one of the most accessible hikes in Taipei, it takes about 10-15 minutes to reach the top. Great if you wanna hike, but you don’t feel like sweating too much. It has one of the best views of the Xinyi Finance District and Taipei 101. But there is something even more special about it … It never gets crowded. I do this hike a couple of times a week, at different times of the day (perfect exercise to lose my bubble tea belly with a nice view), and I rarely see more than 2-3 hikers. I believe that the reasons why it isn’t as popular as Elephant Mountain (象山), it’s that maybe the name isn’t really as catchy and it doesn’t have those big rocks where you can stand to take instagram pictures. But if you’re a true influencer, you’ll find all you need to make fancy pictures at Fuzhou Park. I actually find the view there better than in Elephant Mountain. Facing north, you get a view of the city with Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園) in the background, you can also clearly see Taipei Dome, the brown line MRT and the Neihu skyline.
Another interesting part about Fuzhou Park is stair sightseeing! It has an incredible concentration of all sorts of stairs. So if you’re into stairs, like me, then Fuzhou Park is the place to be. You’ll find all types of stairs to match your preferences; wooden board ones, wooden log ones, carved rock ones, natural rock ones, root ones, old ones, new ones, etc So many beautiful stairs for so very few hikers, it’s like Heaven.
Overall, Fuzhou Park is an amazing place to do some sport, to have a cozy picnic, jungle drinks with friends or even to copulate in the bushes (Yes! This happens very often in Taiwan!).