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Qixing Mountain System: Pingding Ancient Canal Hiking Trail 七星山系-坪頂古圳親山步道

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The Pingding Ancient Canal and New Pingding Canal in Pingdeng Village are reminiscent of the village’s previous name of “Pingding”. Both canals were built more than 150 years ago to serve three purposes: transportation, irrigation and drinking-water supply. The Pingdeng Villagers remain highly dependent on these historic canals for their household water supply.

Old Pingding Canal Trail
The hiking trail starts from Lane 95 of Pingjing Street, Pingdeng Village, with its up-and down-hill stretches covered by moss. The first sight that greets hikers along the trail is Qingfeng Pavilion, and located near the canal entrance is a bright-red inscription saying “Old Pingding Canal” with a brief history of the canal provided. The hiking trail runs parallel to the canal until reaching a cave at the end of waterway. It offers a glimpse of an adverse waterfront aquatic ecosystem along the way.

Ecological phenomena along Old Pingding Canal Trail
The Old Pingding Canal Trail is located approximately 300-500 meters above sea level in Pingdeng Village, Shilin District, on a plateau sloping toward the south. A combination of meandering Neishuangxi River, Neiliao River, hills and creeks, the trail area is a cradle for various species of vegetation, mostly Giant Elephant Ears (Alocasia macrorrhizos), Red Nanmu (Machilus thunbergii), Chinese Soap Berry (Sapindus mukorossii), Kadsura Pepper (Piper kadsura) and bamboo. Boasting an aquatic ecosystem that nurtures insects and reptiles of all kinds, the trail ensures a surprise-packed hiking experience.


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Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Geotechnical Engineering Office, Public Works Department, Taipei City Government
Phone Number
No. 29, Lane 370, Section 3, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sundayopen 24 hours
Mondayopen 24 hours
Tuesdayopen 24 hours
Wednesdayopen 24 hours
Thursdayopen 24 hours
Fridayopen 24 hours
Saturdayopen 24 hours


1. Trail length: Hiking trail: approx. 1.3km, total: approx 2.3km
2. Altitude: 484m
3. Walking time: approx. 1 hr 12 min


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