This is the rainy season in Taiwan and while it said heavy rain for all 3 days we were there, we got lucky and just had overcast. On our 2nd day, we weren’t sure how long the clear weather would last so we decided to climb Xiangshan Mountain (象山). There are a lot of hiking trails around the city but this is part of the famous Four Beasts Mountains (四獸山) and apparently the easiest.
About to start our climb up
At the top. This mountain is famous for its view of the city. The view would have been better if it were sunny out but the mist felt good climbing up. It felt so tropical going from the Fukushima countryside, it had been a while since I walked around in such humid weather.
The climb up was pretty tough but the climb down was a bit worse. Super steep, the mist made the steps slippery. Halfway down we saw stray dogs with bites of fur missing from fights and were careful to go around them. Stray dogs didn’t seem as out of place as random shacks in the mountains. I didn’t expect to see people living there but I guess they do