Jianshih and Wufeng in Hsinchu County are among the best places in Taiwan for maple leaves chasers as maple leaves in these two townships change to beautiful yellow and red colors in December every year.
Hsinchu County has many nice places for admiring maple trees at this time of the year, but many visitors choose the Jianshih area because they can drive along County Way 120 and Township Way 60 and admire the yellow and red maple leaves that cover the originally green mountains along both sides of the highways.
Jianshih’s Siouluan Village, which is surrounded by mountains and blessed with a river valley and a suspension bridge, has become a well-known attraction for photographers who like to take pictures of colorful maple leaves.
If looking at maple leaves from a distance is not satisfying, visitors can go up the mountains to the Syaroko Historic Trail that connects Jianshih and Wufeng townships and was used as a hunting trail by the Atayal tribe in the old days. Visitors are said to be able to smell the maple trees and touch falling maple leaves along the trail at this time of the year.