Tamsui – Kavalan Trails──Western Pacific’s Best Kept Secret

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Taiwan was a strategic location during the Age of Discovery. For centuries, the Tamsui – Kavalan Trails (TKT) connecting the Xueshan Range, also known as the Snow Mountain Range, to the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the world, via the Taiwan Strait, has played a crucial part in the development of northern Taiwan. The trade route runs through Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, and Yilan County.

During the Qing dynasty, the trail took you from “Tamsui Subprefecture” in the north to “Kavalan Subprefecture” in the east (today’s Taipei and Yilan, respectively). The trails include the Northern trails, Middle trails and Southern trails for the officials, residents, and tea merchants, respectively, highlighting its historical and cultural significance.

Find History Through the CenturyOld Trail

The Tamsui-Kavalan Trails is the oldest and most important transportation route in northern Taiwan.

The 200-km-long trail connects the eastern and western parts of Taiwan, beyond time and history. Among other highlights, the “coupled dipteris,” a kind of fern fossil dating from the Jurassic, can easily be found along the path.

It’s a world-famous location for this kind of fossils. In order to bring more visitors to this incredible trail, engineers have adopted an environmentally friendly method that removes the ancient cement and replaces it with local materials that let the water pass through. By transforming the old mountain road that was once hidden in grasses, into a modern trail, the authorities hope to attract more visitors to discover the charm and history of northern Taiwan.

Taiwan was a strategic location during the Age of Discovery. For centuries, the Tamsui – Kavalan Trails (TKT) connecting the Xueshan Range, also known as the Snow Mountain Range, to the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the world, via the Taiwan Strait, has played a crucial part in the development of northern Taiwan. The trade route runs through Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, and Yilan County.