Located at the west side of Yangmingshan National Park, Erziping is in the volcanic dip between Mt. Datun's main peak and Mt. Erzi.
The path is even and flat surrounded by wide open spaces with three ponds in the middle. Due to its location on the western, leeward side of Mt. Datun, Erziping is often shrouded in clouds and fog. The area boasts a lush forest and a variety of vegetation, made possible by its temperate weather, in between the sub-tropical and temperate zones. The edge of the forest is compromised mainly of red nanmu, black pine and Formosan sweet gum, giving the area an atmosphere of a deep, quiet valley. Medium-sized trees and shrubs found here include the Formosan Turpinia, common eurya, the Siebold Ardisia, dark spotted cherry, the Oreocnide pedunculata, kawakami maple and the Taiwan Dendropanax. Common plants include the giant taro, Strobilanthes rankanensis, Strobilanthes formosanus, Ophiorrhiza (snakeroot grass), Salvia nipponica var. formosana (yellow-flower sage), Begonia formosana (duck-feet begonia/Formosa begonia) and a variety of ferns. Presently there are rhododendrons, Taiwan cherry, boxleaf eugenia, Formosan snow-bell, and a variety of butterfly and nectar plants, as well as dozens of aquatic plants in the area, making it perfect for butterfly watching, bird watching, mountain climbing, hiking, sightseeing, and plant observation, among other activities.
Address: No. 53-3 Checheng, Sanzhi District, New Taipei City 25243
Hours of Operation: Daily 08:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed on the last Monday of each month (if a national holiday falls on a Monday, this area will also be closed on Tuesday) and Lunar New Year's Eve.
Telephone number: (02) 2862-6246
- Guided tours (must be booked in advance)
- Information on sights and things to do in the park
- Disabled-accessible path with information placards
- Free wheelchairs available for loan
- Summary of Yangmingshan National Park in Braille
- Guide books, souvenirs, food, and beverages may be purchased
- Erziping First Parking Lot has space for 32 passenger vehicles and 18 motorcycles
- Erziping Second Parking Lot has space for 33 passenger vehicles and 40 motorcycles.
- Parking is free.
Large amounts of Rhododendron oldhamii Maxim grow atop the mountain, which is a good place for flower viewing in spring. The summit also provides good views of Mt. Xiaoguanyin, Mt. Qixing and parts of North Coast. To reach Mt. Caigongkeng visitors can start at the No. 1 trailhead next to Erziping Visitor Center on Bailaka Highway, pass by the Fanjingshi and continue on the trail to return to the No. 2 trailhead in front of the Datun Visitor Center. The entire trail is about 1.5 km. Time for completion of the trail is about 50 minutes. The beautiful scenery along the way makes it an excellent route for weekends or holidays.
The park encompasses and is built around a natural pond. Because of the high water content and humidity, a rich variety of aquatic plants flourish. During the summer ducks and wild birds swim freely in the pond and silvergrass sways in autumn. The tranquility and the lush greenery makes visitors want to stay forever.
The main peak boasts a height of 1,092 meters and has a second-order triangular station. This triangular station is not open to the general public so visitors usually use the wooden pegs in front of the Datun Navigation Station (Civil Aeronautics Administration) as the summit point. On top of Mt. Datun main peak visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Taipei metropolitan area and the surrounding mountains. To the east one can see Mt. Qixing and to the south, a bird's-eye view of the Datun south and west peaks as well as the mouth of the Tamsui River. It is the best spot to watch the “Datun sunset” and the “Datun sea of clouds” and a great spot for butterfly watching in the summer, silver grass flower viewing in autumn and star-gazing on a clear night.