Snow Mountain as seen from Xueshan E. peak.
|Elevation||3,886 m (12,749 ft)|
|Prominence||1,932 m (6,339 ft)|
|Location||Heping, Taichung, Taiwan|
|Easiest route||maintained trail, snow/ice climb during some winter months|
|Xueshan (Snow Mountain)|
Xueshan or Hsuehshan (Chinese: 雪山; pinyin: Xuě Shān; literally: "Snow Mountain") a mountain in Heping District, Taichung City, Taiwan. It is the second highest mountain in Taiwan and in East Asia, at 3,886 m (12,749 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Shei-Pa National Park and it is visible in good weather from hills near Taiwan's capital Taipei.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was known to Westerners as Mt. Sylvia. In 1923 (see Taiwan under Japanese rule), the mountain gained the name Tsugitakayama (次高山), literally the "Second Highest Mountain", because in the Japanese Empire at that time, only Yushan (also on Taiwan) was higher. They are both ahead of Mt. Fuji in terms of height. It was designated part of the Tsugitaka-Taroko National Park (次高タロコ国立公園) by the Governor-General of Taiwan on December 12, 1937.
Xueshan is a part of the Sheipa National Park and so climbers are required to apply for a park entry permit. This can be done 7-30 days in advance. After that a police mountain entry permit must be applied for. This can be done at the police station in Wuling Farm on the spot.
There are two cabins on the trail. The first, Qika Cabin, is at the 2.0km mark. The second, 369 Cabin, is at the 6.9km mark. Both cabins are very basic containing bunker style beds. Hikers must bring their own sleeping and cooking gear.
The peak is at the 10.9km.
- Xueshan Range
- Xueshan Tunnel
- List of mountains in Taiwan
- List of Ultras of Tibet, East Asia and neighbouring areas
- "Central and Eastern China, Taiwan and Korea" Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2011-11-24.
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