Mt. Miantian 面天山: Facing Heaven
I think I’ve used the cliche “commanding view” a few times on this blog. This time, I really mean it! It is hard to top the amazing atmosphere and vantage point Mt. Miantian 面天山 offers. Not only is it a prime destination to watch silver grass dancing in the wind, but you can also see some unparalleled views of Taipei, the surrounding mountains, and even the ocean. Did you know you can see the ocean from Yangminshan? Well now you know! Check out more info after the jump.
Mt. Miantian is one of the many peaks that make up Yangmingshan National Park, but it’s perfectly round top sets the mountain apart from its brethren. You can get a clear view of it from Erziping, which can also serve as a starting point if you want to climb it. Erziping is probably the easiest access point as you can follow a trail that leads towards the mountain from there. The climb to the peak is one of the many branching paths, but there are clear maps in the area as well as signboards. From Erziping, it takes about 30-40 minutes to climb depending on your skill and energy level.
The rewards are certainly worth it, as the summit of Mt. Miantian is incredible to say the least. Looking straight ahead, you can see rows of silver grass that shine brightly in the sunlight. Watching the grass illuminate is a memory I will never forget. I visited on a particularly windy day, so the grass almost looked like it was alive. To the left is the humble city of Taipei. The bamboo skyscraper Taipei 101 looks so miniscule from this height. On a clear day, you can see the mountains overlap on each other, which reminds me of classical Chinese paintings. There are seemingly dozens of spots in Taipei that promise a gorgeous view of the city, but none match the sheer scope of Mt. Miantian’s view. To the right you’ll see something a bit unexpected, the ocean! I’ve been to taller peaks in Taipei than Mt. Miantian, but never have I been able to see the ocean (though the weather may have something to do with that as well).
From Mt. Miantian, you have many options. You can head back to Erziping and relax, or continue the trail to other destinations. Simply visiting the mountain for the view is completely worth the effort though, and I doubt anyone will be disappointed. Check out some photos.
There are many trails that lead to Mt. Miantian, but the most straight-forward is from Erziping. Take the MRT to Beitou Station, and transfer to the 230 bus to Yangmingshan. From the Yangminshan Bus Terminal, take the 108 bus to Erziping. From the Erziping meadow, follow the trail to Mt. Miantian. There are several maps in Erziping, so follow the directions to the mountain. It is not too far from the meadow, though the hike up takes about 40 minutes. Sorry for not being more specific, I actually kind of found this place by accident! Check the website below for more information.