Lion Head Mountain
Lion Head Mountain – located 80 km. southwest of Taipei, Lion Head Mountain (a.k.a. Shitoushan or Shishan) has been a sacred spot for Buddhists since the Ching Dynasty, and is a favorite countryside escape for thousands, who flock during the weekends from Taipei and beyond. During the week, however, it retains much more of its classic secluded Buddhist retreat feel, and is a far cry from the bustling streets of Taipei.
Over the centuries the mountain has since grown into a network of Buddhist and Taoist temples, ranging from large and elaborate to humble Buddhist nunneries. Many are built into natural caves. But Lion Head Mountain is more than Buddhism and temples: the scenery makes for a great day’s hike, or better still a weekend getaway from Hsinchu or Taipei.But it’s perhaps not the place for one with a spider (or other insect) phobia.