Winter came late to Taichung, and it came with a vengeance. But somehow in our right mind, we decided to go hiking. We went to Mount Baimao (白毛山), literally means white hair. A long time a go, Mt. Baimao was the hunting ground for an aboriginal tribe. In their village were a pair of twin babies; one baby had red hair and the other had white hair. The babies died not long after they were born, but the name “village of the white haired baby” got stuck in the mind of the ruling Japanese colonial government.
Mt. Baimao, located in Guguan area, only took about 1.5 hour drive from Taichung city. The distance to the top was 1522 metres high and was relatively easy, especially there were stairs and ropes available at certain spots. It took us around 2 hours to reach the top, mainly because it was cold (11°C), humid, and not to mention drizzling. The tracks were wet and slippery, making it quite treacherous to step on. We couldn’t see any panorama because it was really foggy, but the fog added a mysterious feeling into what we saw. There was a continuous track at the top, leading to a nearby mountain. This other track was supposedly hard and without any assisting device such as stairs or ropes. But perhaps we’ll take it next time when the weather is nice.