Taipei & Long Dong, Taiwan

Last November I attempted to go to Taiwan but didn’t make it there. And by not being able to make it, I mean I literally landed at the airport but immigration would not let me in because I had bought the wrong passport. But that’s a story for another day. But anyhow, I was keen to go back to Taiwan and with the right passport with me this time; M and I spent labor day holidays climbing, eating and surfing.

First lets discuss the non-climbing…

We went surfing in Wushi Harbour in Yilan which has a big black sand beach. There is a bus that goes directly from Taipei and takes around 40 minutes. Since it was a weekday, the beach wasn’t very crowded and the surf was good. The board rentals is a pretty standard 500NT a day.

Surfboards at Wushi
Wushi surf beach

I also went biking around the city renting one of the cities many bikes and biking along the immaculate bike paths that run along Taipei rivers. At night I biked to Xindian and in the morning I biked to Danshui. Both bike routes are just one way as you can easily return the bikes at any metro station and then metro home. Each rental is 10NT per 30 mins.

Biking around the city at night
Biking in the daytime

And of course, we went to Long Dong to climb. This time around, I met some local climbers and they introduced us to the gems of the crag. And now that I can trad climb, I got to experience the beautiful cracks of Long Dong. The weather was perfect, the climbs and company was great.

A climb
Long Dong Music Hall
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Long Dong

Travel tips: we chose not to rent a car. We reached Taipei to the crag (School Gate) by Uber for 1200NT. The other times, we also caught the direct bus from Taipei Main Station, but that runs the risk of not having any seats only runs at 8:50am now (since April 2018). Another method is to bus to Keelung and switch on 791 to Long Dong which is more frequent.

mcOverland

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2 thoughts on “Taipei & Long Dong, Taiwan

  1. Hi there- interested in your comment about not renting a car and wondering once you get to the Longdong area is it easy enough to get to everywhere you need to go without a rental car??? Wehave young kids but they are happy to hike sort of 4-5 km if necessary to get around. Having not been to the are we dont know how far apart everything is and where the crags are in relation to accomodation/ towns etc. WOuld be grateful for any info you were happy to part with on transport generally and/or accomodation specifically.

    1. Hi. There is a new minibus that goes directly to School Gate from Ruifang train station (check the FB taiwan climbing group), and busses that go near School gate (about a 10-15 min walk).
      There are 2 hostels , the “Crack House” is right at school gate so it is most convenient (again, check facebook), the other one “The Bivy”, you need to catch a bus to and from crag.
      Food options are limited, but there is food and the busses run into the night to nearby towns. There is an app called Bus+ that gives you very accurate times (bus has GPS) of when bus will arrive.

      You could also stay in Taipei, there is a bus that goes from main station, or you can switch in Keelung for more frequent bus times. I belive the bus you want to search for are 886, 1811, 1812. I am not local, but if you message the FB group, I am sure the local climbers can provide way more info.

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