Hehuanshan is a place where I wanted to explore but the transportation is not convenient if we do not drive. In addition, your driving skill has to be good because of the winding road up the mountain road.
Getting up there from Taipei is not near and it is time-consuming but if you love nature, hiking or wish to have a break from the bustling city this would be a good choice. As there are not much information in English about how to get there by public transport yet, thus this will be a detailed transportation guide from Taipei to Hehuanshan.
Taipei to Hehuanshan
There are a few methods to get there; One, take the High-speed rail to Taichung station, take a bus to Qingcing farm stay for one day, and the next day book a car from your lodge to get up there. Two, stay in Taichung for a few days and hire a car to drive you up for one day. Three, take a train to Fengyuan station then a bus up, this was what we did. This is actually more suitable for travelers who have been to Taichung or CingJing Farm before and do not wish to stay there again.
Train to Taichung FengYuan
Board the first train to Taichung.
Easycard can be used here. If you do not have the easycard, you will need to buy a train ticket at the ticket counter:
2 Hours 24 Minutes
Our train is at 05:30 to FengYuan:
To platform 3:
Fast Local Train Mountain route, that will stop at every station:
After a 2 hour plus train ride, we reached Feng Yuan Station:
Exit to ZhongZheng Road
Exit and turn right follow the sign:
The old FengYuan station:
Bus to HeHuanShan
The only public bus transport in Taiwan that drive up to the highest peak and using the snow chain to secure up the mountain during the winter period. And the only bus that drives on an altitude of 3275m at Taiwan highest highway road, passing through Taroko National Park looking over the vast sea of clouds and mountain landscape.
Little to know:
– There are only 3 bus drivers that are driving on this bus route
– This bus route have a total of 86 stops
– The bus doesn’t earn much profit from the passengers. Hence, the driver acts as a transporter to bring necessary necessities from the city to the mountain and help the children or villages in needs.
– Drivers will stay at the end stop LiShan for one day, next day the same driver and bus will bring you down.
When you see this view you are in the correct direction:
The bus terminal to get to HeHuanShan:
Getting Bus Ticket
Advice from the ticket counter lady, we can purchase the bus ticket from the bus driver:
To Songxue Lou
3 Hours 40 minutes (Depend on the road condition)
Buy your ticket on the bus or tap your easycard, inform the bus driver where you will be getting off.
– Knowing basic Mandarin is necessary to speak to the driver
– Inform the bus driver where you will be dropping off
– Prepare the exact amount as the driver do not provide small change
Getting on the Bus
Bus No: 6506 will depart at 09:10 daily.
The mini bus there ⇓ in the middle of the large buses will leave on time:
We were given 30 minutes to rest and toilet break at a pit stop in Puli.
Our simple lunch there, if you do not want to eat this, there is also a convenient store nearby for you to grab some snacks or onigiri:
We had crispy chicken rice and mushroom meat soup:
That day when we were at the bus terminal the bus is already full. As you can see it is a mini bus with 21 seaters only including the driver, so if you did not get there earlier you might not get a seat.
This route is more known by the locals or Chinese speaking tourist only. However, I hope that this can be known to more people so that they will continue this route. There will be a post on how to return from HehuanShan to Taipei.