May and June are the best months to see the wild azalea flowers on Hehuanshan
By: Weedy Tan, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The months of May and June are the best months to see
the wild azalea flowers (玉山杜鵑花) in the mountainous area of Taiwan and Hehuanshan East Peak (合歡山東峰) is the favorite mountain most Taiwanese choose to see the azalea flowers in bloom.
Hehuanshan East Peak is a 3,421-meter-high mountain in the central part of Taiwan and is number 35 on the “Top 100 Mountains of Taiwan” list. The list includes only the most beautiful, unique, and dangerous mountains worth hiking with heights of over 3,000 meters.
Hehuanshan East Peak is accessible from Highway number 14 that passes through Puli (埔里), Qingjing Farm (清境農場), Wuling (武嶺), Hehuanshan (合歡山), and all the way to the famous Taroko Gorge (太魯閣). Highway 14 is a narrow, winding, dangerous and difficult road. It gets clogged during winter when locals travel up to the mountain to see the rare snowfalls that occur only on high altitude mountains in subtropical Taiwan. [FULL STORY]