La La Shan - La La Mountain! 10 Degrees Cooler All Summer Long!
Just 2 hours away from you!
La La Shan
Thinking of summer in Taipei? Another 6 months of…well…you know: hot, humid…fairly well unrelenting.
What if I told you that just two hours away there was a cool, lush, green mountain oasis with average daytime temps in July of just 20°C / 68°F! :D And, cool mountain waterfalls you can stand under pouring into pools you could swim in! Well, it’s all true! And that place is called La La Shan, or La La Mountain in the Fuxing District of Taoyuan county. With La La meaning “beautiful” in the language of the indigenous Taiya people who still make La La Mountain their home.
For every 100 meters you rise temperatures fall .6 degrees Celsius and La La Shan is at some 2000 meters above sea level. Average annual temperature of 16°C. It is definitely a cool place to be in the summer. Thanks to the low temperatures, forests blanketing the hillsides differ completely from the lower mountains of Taiwan.
One of the most amazing things to see in Taiwan: early morning, clouds under you running like the waves, mountains like rocks at the shoreline. You can only experience sea of clouds at 2000 meters above sea level.
Alight With Color
And, it’s not just ancient trees that make up this cool-wood mountain forest: you’ll find Taiwan Cypress, Taiwan Beech, and Maple Trees, too. Winter’s approach, enjoy a crisp chill autumn and treetops alight with the color of changing leaves. In the tropics!
But, let’s get back to summer! In addition to the forests of the La La Mountain Nature Protection Zone there’s more outdoor fun in Fuxing’s cool summer temps: Rainbow Waterfall (video , pictures), the Balin Trail and…peaches!
Peach orchards are a mainstay of the area. You can taste the freshest peahes when you’re here at La La Shan, and even pick some yourself! Eat a peach! And, chill in cool mountain breezes.
Where to Stay
Looking for a place to stay in La La Shan? This is the BEST part of your trip - there’s nearly 100 Bed & Breakfasts in La La Shan to choose from. From cabins in the forest to 5-star accommodations. There’s campgrounds, too – some in peach orchards where, if you help pick peaches, you’ll enjoy homemade meals in return! ENJOY all this cool mountain weather in the most plush spot or…bundled up in a sleeping bag under the stars!
sea of clouds at 2000 meters above sea level.
find a boardwalk built through the a stand of some of the world’s oldest trees
treetops alight with the color of changing leaves.