Nanshan Fude Temple Reviews
I’ve only had the good fortune of visiting during the evening, when you can get some of the best views of the hill ranges dispersed between the districts leading up to New Taipei City. In the distance, Taipei 101 looks fairly miniature, which, once you’ve been at the base of the tower, you will realise how far away you are. Despite this, grab yourself some snacks and a beer before you visit, and watch from a chilled out viewpoint where everybody is there to catch the breeze with occasional plumes of burning incense. Be warned if you’re travelling by car, and you want to park as close to the top as possible, then you may find yourself stopped in a queue behind ten other cars. So save yourself some time, clear your lungs, park a bit further down and take a short walk up. There’s wheelchair accessibility too, for the most part, and entry to the temple/viewpoint is free. Also, it’s a temple supposedly prone to bring good fortune and many riches - so I’m told.
Definitely worth a look at sunrise for the spectacular view over the Taipei Basin. There is now a road that goes almost to the top so no longer need to climb the one thousand steps from the temple below. There are many other temples to visit on the way back from watching the sunrise view each with a beautiful view of the city. The temple even has a convenience store if you need drinks or a snack. The only thing is that the temple looks newly built even through it is old. I guess it has been refurbished since the new road was built. The eldest Tudi Gong statue is very small and you can't get close to it for photos. Lots of pensioners walk up and down at sunrise which is amazing. Can see the old folks practicing various exercises and qigong. The biggest surprise is the number of life-sized status of dinosaurs lining the route up - see my photos.
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