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Off the Beaten Track: Into the Wormhole

One of New Taipei City’s most unusual natural wonders lies just below a popular road, yet was little-known until a couple of years ago

By Richard Saunders  /  Contributing reporter

SAFETY FIRST

The Wormhole is an ideal spot to explore, especially on a hot summer day, but it’s potentially a dangerous one, and there have been accidents in the past. Once in the Wormhole, there’s only one spot to stop and rest until past the waterfall at its western end, and swimming back you’ll be swimming against the current, so be sure to bring some kind of flotation device (such as a life jacket or large inflatable ring) in case you need a rest. Swim with a few friends, and don’t even think of getting in unless you’re a confident swimmer and the river is low.

IF YOU GO

The Wormhole is next to County Road 106, in the village of Yongding, about midway between Shenkeng (深坑) and Pingxi (平溪), and is very easy to reach by public transport. Take the MRT to Muzha MRT station, leave by the only exit and walk down to the main road out front. Take bus 795 from the stop across the road to Huangdidian (皇帝殿站) bus stop, about thirty minutes. Buses run to a timetable, every 20-30 minutes at weekends.

Richard Saunders is a classical pianist and writer who has lived in Taiwan since 1993. He’s the founder of a local hiking group, Taipei Hikers, and is the author of six books about Taiwan, including Taiwan 101 and Taipei Escapes. Visit his Web site at www.taiwanoffthebeatentrack.com.

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