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Caoling Historic Trail 草嶺古道

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Sunday: open 24 hours




The Caoling Historic Trail cuts across Sandiau Cape, starting at Yuanwang keng, just inland from Fulung, and ending at Dali on the coast. It is the only remaining section (rebuilt by the Tourism Bureau) of the old Qing dynasty trail that was constructed 130 years ago to provide the only land link down the Northeast Coast from Danshui to Yilan. The present trail is approximately 10 kilometers long and offers a pleasant hike of two to three hours.Two large boulders along the trail bear Qing dynasty inscriptions and are listed as third-class historic sites. One of the inscriptions has four Chinese characters meaningsource: Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportasion and Communication.


Northern Taiwan
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
, Gongliao Dist., New Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sunday: open 24 hours
Monday: open 24 hours
Tuesday: open 24 hours
Wednesday: open 24 hours
Thursday: open 24 hours
Friday: open 24 hours
Saturday: open 24 hours

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  • sharonchongmeili

    Kuala Lumpur, Malasia

    Silver Grass/Manghua Festival on Caoling Historic Trail


    Walked the trail on 10 November, 2019 during the above which happens in November every year and it was lovely. It was free and no registration was required. I would recommend to start from Dali as its easier to find the entrance to the trail just behind the temple which is a short 5mins walk from Dali train station. Lots of signages in english. Take the longer and more gradual road up instead of the steeper stairs if not super fit. Trail had wonderful views of the coastal areas & the silver grass was everywhere. Took about 1.5hr at a slow pace to reach the top before another hour downhill to Fulong.I took the local train from Taipei Main Station to Dali (about 2hrs, NTD94) & from Fulong back to TMS (1.5hrs, NTD83). I used Easycard for the train rides. Local trains function like the mrt ie. no reserve seating & no need to book in advance. Just tap on/off at the platforms.
  • karang88

    Singapur, Singapur

    Traveler type:

    En familia

    Beautiful and peaceful walk


    Had a hike there in March on a sunny day. Started at the Fulong entance and ended at the Daili temple. There were 2 paths sloping paved road (much longer route) or down the steps (shorter route). Rested mid way at a large wooden shelter facing the sea with strong winds and the view was beautiful. This shelter leads to a series of stone steps (with no railings) up the hills, if you have strong leg muscles, a good stamina and no fear of heights, I recommend you go for it - my daughter and our private guide went up, said the view was even more beautiful and they saw some wild cows up there. They came back down after 50 mins and said they couldn't finish the entire stretch of steps that led to more and more hills.
  • Smritijit

    Taipéi, Taiwán



    Excellent hiking trail with lots of fun. Its a very long trail. U should bring water and foods. On the way u will find some rest rooms. Good trail in any weather
  • BayDragon

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Well maintained historic trail, intermediate hike, beautiful views


    What I love about this hike is that you can access it from a train stop, and there are ocean views on either side of the cape both on the uphill and downhill sides. It's only strenuous in terms of steepness in the first third or so, but you have to be up for a half-day's walk. As marked on the signage, the hike from Fulong station to Gongliao was 3-4 hours if you're moderately fit, including plenty of stops for photographs, water, lunch, and snacks. There is a closer parking lot near Gongliao by Yuanwangkeng Riverside Park 遠望坑親水公園, but the drive back to Taipei is likely to be slow depending on timing. In spite of the fact that we went on a holiday, the trails were not crowded though the access near Fulong was packed. You can park in the elementary school lot north of the temple and train station. The trail is paved with stone, so use caution after rain or in fog. Bathrooms at the forestry station about an hour from Fulong and another about an hour after that. There's a Mazu temple on the way to Gongliao station, which served a free meal on new year's day. Most of the trail is in the valley and therefore shaded. Some parts of it going over the ridge are quite exposed, so sun protection may be helpful.
  • bedgeyeah

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    It was good. Leisurely and pretty


    We hiked from Dali to Fulong. It was 40 minutes to 1 hour to begin with, with some great views. Then about 2 hours of down hill and strolls through woods. It was really nice, not particularly exciting, but enjoyable for a day out!

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