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“Historic & easily enjoyable”

Caoling Historic Trail (Tsaoling Trail)
Ranked #26 of 528 things to do in Xinbei
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Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
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“Historic & easily enjoyable”
Reviewed 14 May 2013

About a 2 hour train ride east from Taipei, you can access this hike very easily. We took the train until Dali station. We went on the public holiday October 10th. The hike is quite easy and is up steps most of the time. It may sound long but it can be done fairly quickly! The scenery is beautiful as you get higher. you get to overlook the ocean, surrounded by bamboo and tall grass. It's definitely worth seeing but I wouldn't say it is a "must-do" of Taiwan. There are definitely better hikes in Taiwna I think.

Visited October 2012
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Jurong, Singapore
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“Nice Hike!”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

This an easy hike most of the way, with only 1 part requiring climbing up a long flight of stone steps (somewhere in the middle of the hike) and another part requiring a long descend down stone steps approaching Dali. The latter bit can be avoided if you just follow the longer trail over a series of switchbacks. The recommended time is 3 - 4 hrs to complete the hike. Well maintained and clean toilets are available along the trail. Food is not available for sale, but there are vending machines.

Check with the staff at the Visitor Centre or the train station at Fulong on the time schedule of the trains in Dali if you want to return to Fulong. We started on the hike from Fulong at 7.40 am and got to Dali in time to catch the 11.30 am local train back to Fulong ($15, about 15 mins).

On the whole, it was a pleasant hike, with nice views of the rural countryside, the ocean, the saddle where the trail meets the Taoyuan Valley trail and a high lookout view of Dali as you approach the town. Yuanwangkeng Riverside Park near the initial third of the trail is a nice place to rest and have a picnic. Wear shoes with good grip as the stone steps become slippery after rain.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful but steep...”
Reviewed 4 March 2010

Beautiful trail in November when I went because all the grasses turn silver. Yet it takes a while to see these grasses. You walk up a very steep path for what seems like forever (if you are not in great shape like myself) - wear good shoes. After the steep hike you are also rewarded with ocean views. It is about a 3-4 hour hike ended up at a beautiful temple and some tiny shops with trinkets and beverages.

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