Zhinan Temple Trail

Zhinan Temple Trail

This week is Shida’s [師大] semester break, so today I decided to walk the Zhinan Temple Trail [指南宮步道] in Maokong [貓空] before heading to work. The trail is easily accessible by taking either the Maokong Gondola or a bus.

Zhinan Temple Trail

If you want to start at the bottom and work your way up, take the MRT Muzha Line to Taipei Zoo Station and hop on either the 236, 237, 282, 611, Brown 3, Brown 6, Brown 11, Brown 15, Green 1 bus or Minibus 10 to National Chengchi University stop [政大站]. From there walk toward the main gate of the university and then follow Zhinan Road Sec. 2 to the fork in the road closest to the National Chengchi Experimental Elementary School. The trail is across from the school on Lane 33, Section 3.

Zhinan Temple Trail

Those daunted by going up 1,200 steps to the temple can start at the top and work their way down by either taking the Maokong Gondola to Zhinan Temple Station [指南宮站] or take the 530 bus from the MRT’s Wanfang Hospital station to Zhinan Temple Station.

A word of caution: The temple’s main deity is Lü Dongbin, one of the Eight Immortals. Since Lü Dongbin’s love to Immortal Woman He was unanswered, it is believed that he is jealous of lovers and any couple that visits together will soon break up.

Zhinan Temple Trail

Along the trail there is a fungus among us:

Zhinan Temple Trail

If I want to see something like this in Zhonghe all I have to do is open my refrigerator:

Zhinan Temple Trail

There are a handful of older houses along the trail:

Zhinan Temple Trail

It’s a very quiet trail (I only saw one other person) and most of it is shaded… what more could you ask for?

Zhinan Temple Trail

Zhinan Temple Trail

One lucky spider will be eating for months thanks to this catch:

Zhinan Temple Trail

Cropped:

Zhinan Temple Trail

Now I remember where I parked my scooter:

Zhinan Temple Trail

When I started my journey at the top I mostly rushed past the temple because of time constraints. I am currently looking through my photos to see if there are any salvageable ones of the temple. I will likely have a post focusing on the temple at a later date.

4 thoughts on “Zhinan Temple Trail

  1. The original trails in the area were used by tea traders. All I could make out of the Chinese language websites is that the lanterns were installed during the Japanese era by wealthy families… I couldn’t find any exact dates.

  2. Pingback: Zhi Nan Temple : Taipei - Fili's World Travel | Fili’s World Travel

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