|On the way down from Battleship Rock|
|Easy hike on the hill|
|The highest point is just 200m high|
|Start from New Beitou MRT Station|
|Entrance of the path to Daishi Rock|
|Dirt path to the Daishi Rock|
We go up the steps and turn left. Then at the end of the small pathway, we turn right and go up another steps. We follow the narrow paved footpath to Dayuansi (大願寺) temple. It is a small house and does not look like other Chinese temples. A dirt footpath starts here. Although grass covers the both sides of the path, stone steps are laid and it indicates that this was once a good path in the past. Only a little more than ten minutes from Wenquan Road we have come to our first stop, Kobo Daishi Rock.
|Stone steps remain at the Daishi Rock|
|Kobo Daishi Rock and its altar hole|
|A view from the platform, Mt. Zhongzheng is visible|
|Taiwan Happy Stone|
A little after 14:00 we leave for our next stop, ZhaomingSi (照明寺) temple by way of the Nature Trail. We follow a dirt footpath a short while and jump onto a paved trail of the Nature Trail. We walk to the top of the paved trail and turn right to a dirt wide road and come to Zhaomingsi at 14:18. We have a little rest here as there is a restroom in the temple. There are arrays of gold statues near the temple gate. This is a very traditional Chinese temple. If we compared it with the Daishi Rock, the difference is obvious.
|Battleship Rock Trail|
We start at 14:25 and enter a dirt Nature Trail. It goes up for a few minutes and we come to a junction. One on the left is a Nature Trail going further up. We take a right one and go along the hillside. We follow the level trail, then down a little and up again to the Nature Trail that comes over the hilltop all the way. We make right turn and at 14:50 see the Battleship Rock right in front of us. If we look up from this side, the rock looks like a bow of a big ship, and this is the reason for the name of this Rock. We can go up to the top from either side of the Rock. We take the one on left and climb up to the top.
|A very wide view from the top of Battleship Rock|
|The path to Rongzhong Hospital|
It takes only a couple of hours to complete a walk on the hill trails. The trail condition is pretty good. There are points of interest such as Kobo Daishi Rock and good vantage points like Battleship Rock along the trails. This is recommendable to all hikers regardless of age, sex or experience.