As Mother’s Day approaches this weekend, a great way to celebrate and get some fresh air would be to head to Kaohsiung’s Tzaishan Mountain (柴山) where the magnificent “Nine Dragons Banyan Tree” stands. There, you could have the chance to capture the most #Instaworthy photo!
However, getting to the hidden gem of the mountain is far from easy. As some parts of the area are restricted for military use, you should follow the signs accordingly and avoid taking pictures of the restricted areas or trespassing into them or you will be fined.
Wearing sturdy and comfortable shoes as well as packing a bottle of insect repellant is also a must for this precarious journey.
Visitors can go through the entrance at the College of Liberal Arts of the National Sun Yat-sen University (中山大學).
After a short walk of 20 minutes or so, you will arrive at a fork which will indicate two paths you can take.
Path “A” is a bit steeper but the distance is shorter, while path “B” is less inclined but will take more time for you to reach your destination.
Most hikers will visit Taiwan’s “Little Jungfrau” (少女峰) to witness a limitless view at the mountain peak first before heading to the legendary Banyan tree.
The “nine dragons” are all borne from the same “mother” tree, and their intertwined trunks and branches make a distinctive and stunning image that reminds viewers of dragons soaring into the sky.
The beautiful image is one photography enthusiasts never get tired of and is famous for having no bad angles, so don’t hesitate to grab a few memorable pictures of your own!
If the magnificent scene is still not enough to satiate your appetite for nature, you can try to spot a hidden “Taiwan” between the branches which was discovered and documented by a previous visitor via Instagram.