Exploring Mount Dagan／大崗山後山 地景探索
Exploring Mount Dagan
◎English translation: Wendy Wei Chang
◎Photos by Pao Chung-hui
Mount Dagang is 4.4 kilometers in length and 2 kilometers in width. It spans the Tianliao, Alian, and Gangshan Districts. With it many scenic spots, it makes a great day trip. Some of its unique scenery includes Panlong Gorge, Tianling and Lover's Caves, Stone Breasts and Stone Breats' Gorge. Senior tour guide, Jhang Mei-juan from the Dagangshan Humanist Association describes the region's hidden gems.
The 247-meter long Panlgong Gorge was discovered in 2001, by the Dagangshan Humanist Association. It was named after the Burnie Vines (known as Panlong in Chinese), which were found growing all over the gorge's rocks. The Panlong Gorge was formed when the mountain's coral limestone rocks have been torn apart by shifting plates. Upon entry, there is an obvious drop in temperature. Although the weather in the region is typically hot, the gorge remains cool throughout the year. Panlong Gorge can be reached from the Shanding Highway. With its safe, flat trails, it makes a great family friendly adventure.
Ms. Jhang points out the limestone caves serve as a habitat for many of the gorge's creatures. Stalactites hang on the rock walls, making it especially interesting for tourists. There are also several diverse ecosystems and various ferns, vines, Banyan trees and taro plants that can be found all over the gorge. Ms. Jhang warns tourists to be careful of snakes on the trails and to rustle the grass to ensure snakes are scared away.
Continuing along the path to the Stone Breasts and Stone Breasts' Gorge scenic spots, visitors can rest at a pavilion near Tianling Cave. At this elevated spot one can watch high speed rail trains passing by and on a clear day see as far as the Sinda Power Plant at Sinda Port. It is also very scenic at night with hundreds of lights shimmering in the dark.
Follow the path from Stone Breasts' Gorge to the majestic coral limestone of Lover's Cave. This cave has recently become popular with nature lovers. With its breathtaking crystals at the cave's narrow entrance forces visitors to crawl for a short distance before they can stand up again. It is suggested that visitors should enter the cave with a professional guide as they can learn the proper way to explore a cave and more about Mount Dagan's eco-diversity.
For tour contact:
Dagangshan Humanist Association