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Discover the Hidden Gems Beyond Jancing Historic Trail and More

Posted by:  Anusha Lee
Published date: December 20, 2022
Last update: March 29, 2024
The Jancing Historic Trail, also known as the Jianqing Huaigu Trail, stands out as one of Taiwan's most picturesque, albeit shortest, trails. Nestled in Taipingshan, this trail has garnered global admiration.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
The old raiway covered by moss and fern covered
While most visitors traverse the 900-meter path and turn back, we ventured further (with the necessary permits) to explore the ancient railway and a segment of the Jialuo Lake Trail before making our way to the Chinese Hemlock National Trail.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan

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Jancing Historic Trail and Trail Information

Trail Name: Jancing Historic Trail
Distance: 1.8 km (1.1 miles). The Jancing Forest Railway was approximately 5.5 km (3.4 miles) long. But now only 0.9 km is safe for people to enjoy. So tourists have to return at the 0.9 km mark.
Route type: Out and back
Days/Hours Needed: 1 hour, but I'm sure you will spend more than one hour enjoying this beautiful trail.
Total Ascent/Descent: Very flat
Best Time to Go: All year round. At an elevation of 1,930 meters, this is a great hike to escape the summer heat in Taiwan.
Permits: Not required
Difficulty Level: trail difficulty
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan

Wonderful Mountain Views Even Before the Hike Started

07:25 We arrived at the trailhead of Jancing Historic Trail.
The first highlight starts even before the hike. When you arrive at the trailhead of Jancing Historic Trail, please stop at this sign to take a look. You will see all the famous mountains from Xueshan Range (Snow Mountain Range), like Mt. Dabajian and Mt. Xiaobajian, Mt. Pingtian, and of course, Snow Mountain.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Great view at the trailhead of Jancing Historic Trail
As expected, many tourists and hikers arrived at the trailhead.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
07:43 We walked on the railway tracks used to transport logs in the old days.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
This trail is well-marked; you can follow the marked signs and enjoy strolling.
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Soon, we arrived at the old tracks covered by ferns.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Those tracks might be the most photogenic at Jancing Historic Trail.
Our guides let us take our time to enjoy this section. I was here in 2018 but visiting here again is still fascinating.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Many old tracks were hanging in the air. For safety reasons, small suspension bridges were built to replace those passages.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
08:22 We reached the end of the trail at 900 meters. It's a shame that this beautiful trail is so short. But You have to take the same way back to the trailhead and enjoy the rest of Taipingshan.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
The end of Jancing Historic Trail

Beyond Jancing and Hike Part of Taipingshan-Jialuo Lake Trail

Trail Name: From Jancing Historic Trail, Mt. Duomen, to Taipingshan
Distance: 15.4 km (9.6 miles)
Route type: Point to point. If you park your car at the parking lot near the trailhead of Jancing Historic Trail, you can hike about 2km from Taipingshan to retrieve your vehicle and make this a loop hike.
Days/Hours Needed: 8 - 10 hours
Total Ascent/Descent: 766m/780m
Best Time to Go: All year round
Permits: Required
Difficulty Level: trail difficulty
Peaks to Reach: Mt. 多門山, 2,273 meters (7,457 feet) above sea level. No views at the peak.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Our hiking mates and guides on the rough terrain after passing the 0.9 km fence.

Additional Information:

  1. Hikers need to apply for police entry permits to do this hike.
  2. This hike is more treacherous and physically demanding. NOT FOR TOURISTS.
  3. The trail terrains are muddy and slippery.
  4. The weather in the Taiwan mountains often turns gloomy around noon. So, if you want to enjoy a beautiful day, please get to the trails as early as possible.
  5. Read my Jialuo Lake Trail post about how to hike Taipingshan and Jialuo Lake Trail.
Brief itinerary: Trailhead of Jancing Historic Trail ➔ 0.9 km return point ➔ junction to Mt. Duomen ➔ Mt. Duomen ➔ return to junction ➔ entrance to Taipingshan-Jialuo Lake Trail/end of Chinese Hemlock Trail/lookout ➔ Jhenan Temple ➔ Taipingshan Villa
(Continued from the previous Jancing Historic Trail)
After we passed the gate at 0.9 km, it felt like we had entered a different world than Jancing Historic Trail. The untouched nature replaced the well-kept trail.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
The railway tracks and machinery left behind by the logging stations were the giveaways of the human traces.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
The track hanging in the air
08:56 We passed the tilting post written 1K+100.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
We bypassed a suspension bridge that resembled those we saw earlier on Jancing Historic Trail.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
09:36 We saw a huge hanger-like gadget. You can see how big it was when our guide Mingshu stood next to it. I have no knowledge about railways. If you know what that is, please kindly let me know.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Our hiking guide Mingshu stood next to the huge gadget.
We reached a flat and easy-to-hike section, and we saw more machinery like switches and other things that I didn't even know.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
This gdaget looked like an exercise weight.
09:48 We saw a structure that looked like a station. We guessed it was the stop of the Bong Bong train (the railway to transport logs). The sign was another giveaway proving this section was open to tourists before.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
10:08 We went down to a valley with massive logs lying there. This valley looked like a dried riverbed, but I am not sure.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
We went up to the railway track again. Again, the sunshine cast its warm glow in the woods.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
My hiking mate looked so tiny next to those big trees.
More relics lay on the tracks; more gigantic tree roots were left without the thick tree trunks that were once almost tall enough to touch the sky.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
11:05 We reached a place with a sign saying Taiwan Fertilizer No. 5 Experiment Area 台肥5號實驗區. I guess Taiwan Fertilizer Co. tested their products here before.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Taiwan Fertilizer No. 5 once did the comparing experiments here.
After the lunch break, we left the track and went uphill. By now, the sunny weather was gone. Instead, it turned into the typical Yilan weather, gloomy and gray.
We saw many huge tree roots here, too, but the difference is many thinner tree trunks grew from those big roots and shot in the air.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
More giant tree root
13:13 We reached a junction. My map said there was a Kuimu Campgrount 檜林營地 here, but I can't tell. From here to Mt. Duomen's direction, this trail belongs to the Taipingshan-Jialuo Lake trail.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
The junction to Mt. Duomen
13:26 We reached Mt. Duomen, 2,273 meters. There is no view from the triangulation stone.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
14:50 I reached the trailhead to Jialuo Lake with the elevation of 1,300m. There is a big sign telling hikers how the marking system works. This sign is a well-made billboard with details, but the only problem is it's only in Chinese.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
The trailhead to Jialuo Lake is at the 107 mark with a detailed sign.
If you take the trail to Jialuo Lake, you will see the numbered marks every 100 meters and yellow marks to show you the way. Taipingshan-Jiuluo Lake Trail starts from this point to the big old tree trailhead, and the distance is 10.7 km.
There is a lookout around here. If the weather is good, you can see Snow Mountain, Mt. Dabajian, and other mountains, but it rained before I reached here, which is a typical weather pattern in Yilan, Taiwan.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
I'd been to this lookout more than twice, and the weather was gloomy like this.
This lookout is also the destination of the Chinese Hemlock National Trail. Tourists have to take the same way back to Taipingshan.

Chinese Hemlock Trail and Taipingshan, Plus Trail Information

Trail Name: Chinese Hemlock Trail
Distance: 2.6km (1.6 miles)
Route type: Out and back
Days/Hours Needed: 2 hours, but I'm sure you will spend more than one hour enjoying this beautiful trail.
Total Ascent/Descent: 224m/224m
Best Time to Go: All year round
Permits: Not required
Difficulty Level: trail difficulty
(After passing the lookout near the starting point of Taipingshan-Jiuluo Lake Trail)
15:18 I reached the trailhead of the Chinese Hemlock National Trail.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
I don't like to walk on the plank steps in the rain because it's so slippery. But Taipingshan has done an excellent job by putting anti-slippery tapes on the steps.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
The anti-slippery tapes on the steps
I was alone in this section, and not many people were around. Then, suddenly, I saw something about 5 meters ahead of me. It's Formosan Yellow-throated Marten 黃喉貂.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
This fellow was curious about me and kept checking me out.
I managed to snap this photo before it disappeared. Formosan Yellow-throated Martens look cute, but they are the worst nightmare for Reeves's muntjacs. Yellow-throated Martens hunt a muntjac in groups and attack the lone muntjac from the rear end. You get the idea.
15:27 I reached Jhenan Temple 鎮安宮. By the time I arrived at this temple, it had rained hard. So, I didn't stay long.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
15:40 Arrived at the parking lot. There are toilets near the parking lot. Finally, we called it a day.

Last but Not Least: Wildflowers

jancing-flowers
For more wildflowers I saw on the trails, please check out my Flowers on the Trails page.

How to Get There and Apply for Permits If You Hike Beyond

Take Kingbus 1750A (for the weekdays) or 1750 (for the weekends) from Yilan Transfer Station and get off at the trailhead of Jancing Historic Trail. This bus also goes to Taipingshan. So, you can take the same bus back to Yilan after this hike.
Bus fare (one way): NT$243
Bus travel time: 2.5 hours
From Yilan Transfer Station to Taipingshan: 7:40
From Taipingshan to Yilan Transfer Station: 14:30

Apply for Police Entry Permits

Click here to apply for Police Entry Permits.
Jade Mountain entry permits
There is a Google Translate option on the top right of the website.
Jade Mountain entry permits
Remember to check the box before filling out your ID and verification code.
Jade Mountain entry permits
Use Mingguo Calendar (AD year - 1911 ) to fill out the dates for your hike.
Jade Mountain entry permits
You can use AD year to fill out your date of birth.

Map/GPX Data

You can see the trails I did at Taipingshan and Dayuanshan (Mt. Dayuan and Dayuan Elementary School.)
See the trail locations.
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About Taipingshan Logging History

Taipingshan used to be called Minnao 眠腦 by the indigenous Atayal people, which means lush forest. It's in Datong County, Yilan, at an elevation between 500 to 2,000 meters above sea level.
Taipingshan-Jialuo Lake Trail. Photo by Mingshu Lian 連明樹
Hikers took the steps at Taipingshan. Photo by Mingshu Lian 連明樹
Taipingshan faces the Pacific Ocean and is flanked by the Xueshan Mountain Range and the Central Mountain Range. The average temperature is 13°C with a humidity of 85%.
Taipingshan-Jialuo Lake Trail. Photo by Mingshu Lian 連明樹
Mist at Taipingshan parking lot. Photo by Mingshu Lian 連明樹
This area is excellent for precious woods like Benihi 紅檜 and Hinoki 扁柏 to grow. During the Japanese Occupation, Taipingshan became one of the major logging stations in Taiwan, exporting tons of precious wood overseas.
Jancing Historic Trail and Taipingshan
Precious trees at Taipingshan are gone.
In the 1980s, Taiwan changed its logging policy and banned commercial logging. As a result, Taipingshan went from a cash machine to a tourist attraction, education center, and preservation area with a whole new look.

Taipingshan and Dayuanshan (Mt. Dayuan)

I did a hike to Mt. Dayuan and Dayuan Elementary School in February 2022, and I put several paragraphs about the logging history at Mt. Dayuan and Taipinghsan.
Kulu Forest Road, Dayuan Mountain, Dayuan Elementary School
Trail sign pointing to Dayuanshan logging station and Dayuan Elementary School
Regarding log production, Mt. Dayuan Logging Station produced more logging volume than Taipingshan Logging Station. Dayuanshan and Taipingshan shared a crucial position in contributing to Taiwan's economy.
Kulu Forest Road, Dayuan Mountain, Dayuan Elementary School
Bit tree root on the way to Mt. Dayuan
However, the history of Taipingshan is better preserved, and Taipingshan has transformed into a popular tourist attraction.
You can click my post to Mt. Dayuan for more history about the logging industry in Taiwan.

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