Northern Cross-Island Highway and Dongyan Mountain/北橫與東眼山

Northern Cross-Island Highway has been open since the Japanese colonial era, passing through Xue-shan Range from Jiao-ban-shan all the way to San-xing, Yi-lan.
北部橫貫公路在日治時代就已經開闢,從角板山一直到宜蘭的三星,穿越雪山山脈。

Like many other ridge-crossing roads in Taiwan, Northern Cross-Island Highway served the function of military affairs at the time.
當時的北橫的功能,和很多台灣越嶺道路一樣,主要是為了軍事。 1430b348f81bfd0ee218040e5327b7c2

Reaching all the way to San-xing from Daxi, the Northern Cross-Island Highway now transforms into a colorful scenic route.
現在的北橫從桃園大溪一直到三星,變身成滋味豐富的觀光公路。 ef1ae9e0dbfe326072cfa3a35cbe90c1

There are many routes in Taiwan that can link up with various scenic spots. For instance, the romantic Highway 3, Cafe Road in Tainan and more are fantastic choices for great themes.
台灣有好幾條公路可以串連多樣景點,例如浪漫台3線,台南咖啡公路等,是很好的觀光主題。

There is "Northern Cross-Island Tourism Festival" in Tao-yuan as well.
桃園也有一個「北橫旅遊節」。

La-la Mountain Nature Reserve

拉拉山自然保護區

Aside from the scenic spots that we mentioned in Xiao Wu-lai, there are Shang-ba-ling Orchard and La-la Mountain Nature Reserve.
沿路的景點除了我們提過的小烏來,還有上巴陵果園,和拉拉山自然保護區。

Taking Northern Cross-Island Highway, you'll occasionally come across stands selling high mountain produce, such as water honey peaches, cabbage and others, near the curves or the roadside.
走北橫公路,你有時會在道路轉彎,或者路邊空地,遇到販售水蜜桃或者高麗菜等高山農產的攤位。 4ab037cdf2758061819373ab6548a24a

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There is Shen-mu in La-la Mountain. The water honey peaches are especially famous in Taiwan. They are juicy, sweet and very tasty. Why not buy them directly from the growers.
拉拉山有神木,水蜜桃更是全台有名,多汁香甜,非常好吃,不妨跟果農直接買。 7ce0e990a349318ea876e626b7c0b290

La-la Mountain Nature Reserve is at an elevation of 2000 meters. There are over twenty Taiwan Red Cypress Trees.
拉拉山自然保護區海拔2千公尺,有20多棵台灣紅檜巨木。

Similar to the giant trees in Chi-lan Mountain, they have the potential of becoming a natural legacy of the world.
和棲蘭山的巨木一樣,有潛力成為世界自然遺產。

Aside from the scenic spots along the way, Northern Cross-Island Highway can also connect to Highway 3 South and North.
北橫除了沿路景點,也可以連接南北向的台3線。

It takes you to Man-yue-yuan, San-xia up north and Guanxi, Hsinchu down south. The journey is not too far, and many more scenic spots can be easily traveled to.
北到三峽滿月圓,南到新竹關西。距離不遠,很容易就可以到更多的景點。

Dong-yan Mountain

東眼山

We are bringing you a special tourist spot "Dong-yan Mountain," which is a summer resort one thousand meters above sea level.
這裡我們要特別介紹一個景點「東眼山」,這是海拔1千公尺的避暑聖地。 76fb6cebf5690e6b243b3dc07671c0cb

The shape of the mountain resembles an eye looking east; therefore, it was named "Dong-yan." "Dong-yan" in Chinese means "East Eye."
山形很像「向東看的大眼睛」,因此而得名「東眼」。「Dong-yan」 中文是東眼。

The trail system here connects with Manyue-yuan Forest Recreation Area, and Xiao Wu-lai, which is also one of the entrances to Bei-cha-tian Mountain.
這裡的步道系統可以連接滿月圓森林遊樂區和小烏來,也是登北插天山的入口之一。 d692f631f1fbea46b900e43631e1e3b0

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Unfortunately, due to a typhoon hit, the route taking you to Manyue-yuan is closed for repair. It will open in 2017 the earliest.
很可惜,因為颱風侵襲,往滿月圓路段封閉整修,最快2017年開放。

The good news is that the trail leading to Xiao Wu-lai and Bei-cha-tian Mountain is still unimpeded;
幸運的是,往小烏來和北插天山步道仍然暢通;

however, you will need to apply to the Forestry Bureau first in order to continue on to the trail toward Bei-cha-tian Mountain.
不過,要繼續走上北插天山的步道,必須事先向林務局申請。

Dong-yan Mountain used to be a forest station, and the trail was used as the route for logging pallets.
東眼山曾經是林場,步道是伐木台車使用的道路。 be2d5b55bf95cafcf2de8b43b41c1be2

The road surface is very flat, and there is gorgeous scenery along the way.
路面非常平整,沿途景色非常美麗。 b12a6efe3ca22751a06505e8f1cc36cd

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We mentioned before that you would see several giant Taiwan Red Cypress Trees when heading toward Xiao Wu-lai.
我們曾經介紹過,往小烏來方向,有幾棵台灣紅檜木巨木。

Although you are temporarily unable to walk through the entire trail, there are other trails inside the forest recreation area.
雖然暫時無法走全步道全程,森林遊樂區內也有步道。

The landscape and geological discovery inside the park are worth checking out.
園區的風景和地質發現也很有可看性。

Trace Fossil

生痕化石

Take the Trace Fossil as an example, it was a trace on the sand left behind by the prawns and crabs moving and nesting thirty thousand some years ago.
例如生痕化石。是3千萬年前蝦蟹移動和築巢,在砂地留下的痕跡。 8b8ad02ad449a019f3a05efa3d0b17b7

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In the mountain area one thousand some meters above sea level, appearances of living creatures from the bottom of the ocean and plains give testament to how violent the orogeny was.
在1千多公尺的山區,出現這種在海底,或者平地的生物,可見造山運動有多劇烈。 0e820997a885a5e1c5fefed7ddca88f6

You can check out the mountain scenery and the artificial Japanese Cedar along the way and immerse yourself in forest bathing.
另外沿途可以看山景,還有人工造林的柳杉,充分享受森林浴。 f3051881c433cff7602f76cabc2086b5

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There have been many campsites set up along the way in recent years.
最近幾年,沿途設置很多露營場。 a30bbb8a7f8eb1b70c003b83552890d5

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From this height, viewing the river bend, and the landmark of Northern Cross-Island Highway, which is the red Luo-fu Bridge, gives you very distinctive scenery.
從這個高度看河彎和北橫地標,也就是紅色的羅浮橋,景觀特別不一樣。 24f759fbe62087416c40c3a62de045c7

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