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Taipei Grand Hike Guided Tour Spotlights Zhinan Temple Sando

The visitor’s path leading up to Zhinan TempleThe Taipei Grand Hike will host a guided tour of Zhinan Temple’s sando (visiting path) on Saturday, August 1. Those interested in a hike to experience the sights and sounds along a Japanese-style temple path should sign up soon!
 
Zhinan Temple is a well-known religious establishment in Taipei. Constructed during the Japanese Colonial Period, it boasts a number of features commonly seen at Japanese temples such as a long staircase leading up to a main hall, rows of nagi trees (Asian bayberry) lining the way, and the presence of multiple toro (stone lantern) along the path.
 
However, many of the facilities require repair and upkeep due to exposure to the elements over the years. The Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) restored the stone lanterns, tended to the trees, and repaired the staircase steps.
 
On the day of the activity, participants will meet up at the pedestrian walkway near the main entrance of National Chengchi University at 8 AM. The tour will follow the campus walls, advancing in the direction of Xiaokeng Creek and Dakeng Creek. The view along the creek is beautiful, and the group will arrive at the entrance of the visiting path leading up to the temple after following the trail along the creek’s bank for a while.
 
According to Chief Chen of GEO, the visitor’s path is also known as the Zhinan Temple Thousand-step Staircase – named after the 1200 steps leading from the gate to the main hall. During refurbishment, the agency added stone plaques along the way which marked every 100 steps.   
 
Please visit the Chinese website of Taiwan Nature Trail Society (https://www.naturetrail.org.tw/) or call the association (TEL: 02-2302-5265, ext. 5265) to sign up for the event. The guided tour of the Zhinan Temple visitor’s path has room for up to 300 participants and is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Online registration beginning on July 17.
 
Information is also available on the Chinese website of GEO (http://www.geo.gov.taipei/).