Dongyanshan National Forest Recreation Area, Fuxing District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 

This 916-hectare forest recreation area’s altitude ranges from 650m to 1200m, making it a perfect cool retreat in summer. There are many trails, some of which are nature interpretation walks suitable for families, while many others involve two- to three-hour hikes up small mountains. The longest hike is along a 16km trail that actually connects Dongyanshan with neighbouring Manyueyuan Forest Recreation Area. All trails start near the tourist centre and are well marked and easy to follow.

There are no buses, but if you have your own vehicle it’s a pretty 13km drive up a good road to the visitor information centre, where you can buy simple meals and maps for the area.

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