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Linmei Shipan Trail and the snow mountain tunnel

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street of Jiaosi in front of the train station
Ann and Deats came to pick me up at the hotel in the morning and instead of having her drive far away to another trail, I suggested we just go to the Linmei Shipan Trail which we weren't able to go yesterday, which was nearby. Before they arrived, I had gone to the photo lab down the street to print several photos. Deats had wanted to buy some postcards several times but none were available for sale! So I figured we would make our own postcards. I just told Ann we need to come back to pick up some photos before noon.

We made a stop on the hill to look down at the Jiaosi and Ilan plains but it was pretty hazy, so the view was not as good as it could be. Then we found the trailhead for Linmei Shipan Trail and went for a walk. The trail was a loop going to a small waterfall, along the trail was the creek the waterfall feeds into.
Scooters for rent in front of Jiaosi train station
This was a nice day and there were a lot of other visitors. The trail had a limit of 350 people and they handed out passes at the gate to keep track of how many people are on the trail. We stopped at several places along the creek to look at small cascades, and the fishes in the creek. The water was very clear. People were feeding fishes with pieces of breadcrumbs. I am not sure that's such a great idea. The trail went downhill, then at the midpoint of the trail we saw where the name of this trail came from. There was a large flat rock which overhangs the waterfall (which wasn't very tall), thus the name "shipan" (rock platform). Then the trail went steeply uphill on these steps, even though there was a sign saying no more than 10 people at a time, there were probably 30 people on it at that time.
a hot spring pool in front of Jiaosi train station
I waited around, took more photos at the bottom of the steps and eventually went up where it was almost empty. Deats and Ann were waiting for me at the top, and we walked back on the trail. It was a nice trail, different from the others we had been to and had its own charms.

Next we picked up the photos at the photo lab and Ann took us to a restaurant for some authentic Ilan cuisine for lunch. I gave Deats the photos and said these were homemade postcards! Well, they are all posted on travbuddy now anyway. Lunch was a bigger affair than expected, because the manager had offered several free dishes because they knew Ann. I tried not to eat too much, but the the Ilan 糕渣 was really delicious and probably something we couldn't find elsewhere! (Ann, let me know if I got the name wrong!) Deats enjoyed the duck salad.
At view point above Jiaosi, Deats trying out my sunglasses. Not bad, eh?


After lunch, Ann drove us to Taipei through the new Snow Mountain Tunnel. It was a 13.5 km long tunnel linking Ilan to Taipei, cutting down the commute immensely. The tunnel was an engineering miracle that experts from other countries thought was impossible to build, but the engineers in Taiwan did it anyway. With the tunnel, it is now possible to live in Ilan and work in Taipei! Ann was just a super pal and dropped us off at our perspective hotels and we arranged to meet later for dinner, in the meantime she had a business meeting to go to!
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street of Jiaosi in front of the t…
street of Jiaosi in front of the …
Scooters for rent in front of Jiao…
Scooters for rent in front of Jia…
a hot spring pool in front of Jiao…
a hot spring pool in front of Jia…
At view point above Jiaosi, Deats …
At view point above Jiaosi, Deats…
at the path leading to Linmei trail
at the path leading to Linmei trail
roadside tiny flowers
roadside tiny flowers
Entrance to Linmei Shipan Tail, li…
Entrance to Linmei Shipan Tail, l…
map of the Linmai Shipan trail are…
map of the Linmai Shipan trail ar…
Entrance to the Linmei Shipan Trai…
Entrance to the Linmei Shipan Tra…
an old sled used to move logs
an old sled used to move logs
there were a lot of people
there were a lot of people
this part was less crowed
this part was less crowed
Deats and Ann looking at the view
Deats and Ann looking at the view
A small cascade on the Linmei Ship…
A small cascade on the Linmei Shi…
A large snake plant by the water…
A large "snake plant" by the wate…
There are lots of fishes in the cl…
There are lots of fishes in the c…
more cascades.
more cascades.
small waterfall
small waterfall
people looking and feeding fish in…
people looking and feeding fish i…
A woman enjoying the creekside, Ba…
A woman enjoying the creekside, B…
creek
creek
creek by the trail
creek by the trail
Deats and Ann on the Linmei Shipan…
Deats and Ann on the Linmei Shipa…
view of the creek by the trail
view of the creek by the trail
planked trail
planked trail
Deats and Ann are ahead of me
Deats and Ann are ahead of me
Trail going downhill
Trail going downhill
the creek  with lots of rocks and …
the creek with lots of rocks and…
Here is a close-up, Deats was look…
Here is a close-up, Deats was loo…
The steps going up after the mid-p…
The steps going up after the mid-…
approaching the midpoint of the tr…
approaching the midpoint of the t…
a closer look at the big rock plat…
a closer look at the big rock pla…
very clear water, a fallen leave w…
very clear water, a fallen leave …
creek next to trail
creek next to trail
creek view
creek view
Ann, Deats and I on the return tra…
Ann, Deats and I on the return tr…
looking back on the trail
looking back on the trail
the return trail goes over the cre…
the return trail goes over the cr…
the creek, rocks and a banana tree?
the creek, rocks and a banana tree?
lotus at the park in Ilan
lotus at the park in Ilan
the park in Ilan with the hot spri…
the park in Ilan with the hot spr…
hot spring in the park
hot spring in the park
people can put their feet in the h…
people can put their feet in the …
the hot spring running through the…
the hot spring running through th…
Special Ilan food, surprising good…
Special Ilan food, surprising goo…
what was this soup again?
what was this soup again?
clams with loufah or luffa, when i…
clams with loufah or luffa, when …
duck salad
duck salad
Ann driving us through the Snow Mo…
Ann driving us through the Snow M…
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