My 70-year-old uncle goes hiking every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday up Jiantan Mountain in the Yuanshan Scenic Area. Byron and I decided to join him on his usually solitary ascent up the mountain overlooking the city of Taipei. But first, we did some urban hiking through [and under pedestrian tunnels of] Shilin to get to the trail head, located adjacent to Ming Chuan University.
At the trailhead, my uncle told us to take off our shirts.
Even though the city just put in new paving and stairs up the mountain, my uncle insisted on keeping true to the spirit of hiking, and walking in the dirt trails along the steps.
Taipei 101 in the background, with my grandpa’s cemetery in the foreground.
The “Old Place”. An old park cut into the side of the mountain with ‘pavilions’, exercise equipment, and stairs.
There was also karaoke going on in the background.
Jiantan Bus Station.