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|Shared By:||Nate Ball on Jan 7, 2014|
This is the heart of Taiwanese independent spirit. While the "Sky Dragon Country" may be more international, this is where you will find the truly Taiwanese people. The ones who will serve up a 12-course dinner to your entire climbing crew, let them sleep on the fine linen, then refuse payment in the morning. It's also where children will stare unblinkingly at you while they mutter "lao wai" and clutch their parent's hand ever tighter. You learn to take it all in stride.
What draws you here, of course, is the climbing. And while it may not be world class, it certainly has its appeal. It is similar to other limestone crags in the features formed and the physicality of the climbing, but what makes it unique is its proximity to the city. It is extremely different from the slab faces of Beitou and the roof cracks of Long Dong. To characterize the climbing as briefly as possible: sportily overhanging pocket pulling. With the occasional limestone drippy pillar.
Getting cold? Come on down. You're only an hour-and-a-half away by HSR.
Check out this group for connections: Kaohsiung Climbing
- Sheet of Place: They have three private rooms available (red, green, blue). Find them on Airbnb. 10 minutes by taxi to the entrance of Shoushan Nature Park, 400-600NTD per night.
- Bobo's Hostel: Dorm style or private room for two. Better for a larger crew. Around 400NTD per night. 4 minutes taxi to Qianguang crag, or 15 minutes to Shoushan.
- Kaohsiung Backpacker's Hostel: Dorm style or private room, conveniently located in the city near public transportation. 1200-1600NTD per night. 13 mins to Shoushan or 11 mins to Qianguang crag.
If going to Shoushan Nature Park, there are rental bikes around many transit stations that you could pick up. Follow the map coordinates to the trailhead. If taking a taxi, which is incredibly fast and cheap especially if split four ways, just say "Lóng quán sì". If you don't know how to pronounce the accent marks, you're being a bad visitor. These are the characters in Chinese: 龍泉寺
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