I had the great pleasure of heading up to Baguashan [八卦山] this morning to check out the Tung Blossoms on the Wolongpo [臥龍坡步道] and Tengshan Trails [藤山步道]. These trails are two of several scenic areas visitors can flock to for the 2009 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival [2009客家桐花祭]. There were several booths as well as a stage set up in front of Fengtian Temple [鳳天宮] for the event. I arrived before any of the vendors, so there was nothing distracting me from starting my walk down the Wolongpo Trail [臥龍坡步道].
There were only a handful of people on the trail, but that would soon change.
At the bottom of the trail is a parking lot and the entrance for the Tengshan Trail. This trail was much more popular than the previous one. Being a lovely Saturday morning, many families were enjoying the trail.
The trail has a platform to view the Changhua Plain and the Taiwan High Speed Rail:
Since this trail has no steps, it is also popular with cyclists [I’ve been here before]:
That’s Fengtian Temple in the background:
The trail brought me back up to where I started. A sign at Fengming Pond [鳳鳴池] stated that this pond is used by local farmers to collect rainwater for irrigation. It also boasts a handful of endemic species of plants and frogs. That of course didn’t stop anyone from throwing tires or bottles of Whisby in.
Here’s a map of the area. It’s easily accessible from Changhua City or Nantou City via County Road 139: