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Hehuan Mountain, also known as "Snow Country," is situated on the border of Hualien and Nantou counties. The scenic route through the area is Provincial Highway No. 14A, which reaches from Dayuling to Wuling and reaches the highest elevation of any road in Asia. The road can be entered from Dayuling or Wushe. If you enter from Dayuling you will have a chance to enjoy the beauties of the Central Cross-Island Highway; if you enter from Wushe you can travel straight through Qingjing Farm, Meifeng, Cuifeng, Yuanfeng, Kunyang, and Wuling to Dayuling. Along the way you will enjoy alpine vistas of Taiwan hemlocks, groves of whitened dead trees, and plains of arrow bamboo.
The Hehuan Mountain area is richly green in the summer, with all sorts of flowers vying with each other for attention, making this a perfect time for observing alpine plants and flowers. This is a good opportunity to see the Yushan rhododendron, high-mountain juniper, and Yushan rose, as well as such high-elevation birds as the Formosan laughing thrush and the wren. The best time for bird watching is June and July.
February and March are the snow seasons on Hehuan Mountain, when the chill wind whistles over the whitened peaks and flying snowflakes fill the air. Rare periods of sunshine turn the frosty stands of arrow bamboo into a sea of sparkling crystals, and visitors who come to see the snow or even ski in this natural winter wonderland.
When you visit Hehuan Mountain you can also take the opportunity to add Qingjing Farm, Wushe, and other nearby scenic spots to your itinerary. Qingjing Farm raises cattle and grows temperate-zone vegetables and fruits as well as flowers and other ornamental plants. These, along with high-mountain tea, vast pasture areas, and beef banquets are among its specialties. The best time to visit the farm is March or April, when the mountainsides are filled with peach and plum blossoms. Peaches, pears, plums, and other fruits are harvested here beginning in late May.
Wushe, at an elevation of 1,150 meters, is inhabited largely by members of the Atayal indigenous tribe. It has the reputation of a "cherry blossom capital," and the cherry blossoms that fill the area in January and February provide scenes of extraordinary beauty.