A Chinese New Year Hiatus / by Josiah Edbrooke

After dealing with 3 weeks of non stop rain in Taipei, it has been a bit of a test of patience for myself. Being stuck in the city constantly can be quite annoying, so with the arrival of the Chinese New Year holidays I decided it was time to get out in nature again. 

I decided to hike a trail from Shilin over the mountain ridge to Miramar in Niehu. It was a nice enough day, although  tad crowded for my liking. I guess thats the drawback of hiking during CNY is that the world and his wife are out and about. Hopefully once things calm down and everyone goes back to regular schedules I might think about a trip somewhere! 

While the views were nice along the various peaks, the heavy smog put somewhat of a damper on the chance to get quality photos from the hike. It's kind of frustrating in Taiwan over the last couple of years where the air quality has gotten far worse. When it isn't raining constantly theres a heavy blanket of pollution and smog hanging over Taipei it feels like. Anyways with that said if you are looking for very manageable hike with minimal obstacles along the way I would recommend this one to most beginners or those with lower cardio levels. Hopefully everyone enjoys the rest of Chinese New Year holidays if you celebrating it at the moment!