- Part1 : How to got to the race and reflections on the race itself
- (This Part) : The two weeks we spent in Taiwan prior to the race
- Part3 : The three days we spent after the race in Tokyo/Hakone (Hot Springs Area)
I had the great pleasure of finding the informative blog (Taipei Runner) and connecting with its author Amber. She also has a Facebook page you can find here.
Here are three fun runs you can do while in Taipei. I'll provide links to other running groups also in Taipei that I didn't get a chance this time to run with but want to next time I'm in Taiwan.
- Fun Run 1 : Riverside Park (JiLong aka KeeLung River)
- Fun Run 2 : Da-An Forest Park
- Fun Run 3 : YangMing Park: QiXing Mountain Summit- aka Amber's Run
Fun Run 1 : Riverside Park (JiLong also called KeeLung River)When ever I'm in Taipei, I also get in a run along the River Park aka along the JiLong River because it is well marked, paved, has periodic restrooms, occasional drink kiosks and is easy to get to from the subway (MRT).
|Tourist Map + MRT lines|
|Taipei Expo Park|
|Typical park map you'll find|
along the trail
There are bathrooms along the trail but I only remember ever seeing places to buy/food drink on the DaZhi side in the DaJia Riverside Park. In fact, this is where I normally buy more Pocari Sweat sports drink, snack and possibly a Taiwan beer.
|Typical paved trail|
|Garmin GPS captured route|
Fun Run 2 : Da-An Forest Park
|Nearby CKS Memorial Hall|
|Garmin GPS captured route|
Fun Run 3 : YangMing Park : QiXing Mountain Summit- aka Amber's Run
|Sulfur deposits and fumarole|
Just after the visitors center you start the 'East Peak' trail that leads to and just past QiXing Mountain. The peak provides an amazing view of the northside which you normally don't get a good look of. We were still in winter so none of the calla lilies were in bloom but you could still see a sea of plants and could easily imagine what the field might look like (and smell like) in full bloom. Funny I had just watched a cooking show on TV where the cook grew his own lilies but deep friend them in batter for his own consumption and sold them. I was starting to get hungry.
|Highest mountain peak in Yang Ming Park (1120m)|
The single track was steep, technical and you felt you were finally on a nearly tropical island because of all the flora and fauna. There was one particular place where a very nice person setup a line down the trail since otherwise I wasn't sure how we were going to get down - except sliding on our sides or behind.
Eventually we got to Amber's secret creak/canal path named 'NeiShuangXi'. At first I didn't know what to think about running on side a dirt/cement path 2 feet wide framed with mountain to the right and a severe drop-off to the left. But I got used to it, no, I started to love it.
|NeiShuangXi - Amber's secret creek route|
Was a great day for a trail run and greatly appreciated Amber and her friend Orrin's local trail knowledge and hospitality.
|Nothing says I've finished a great trail day like pizza and beer!|
|Garmin GPS recorded route|
|3477ft of vert. Fun!|
Additional groups I highly recommend you connect with if you'll be in Taiwan for more than a few weeks:
- Taipei Craft Beer Club : Facebook link here