WITHOUT BREAKING A SWEAT
---By Steven Crook Translated by Annie
Several hills in Taiwan are called Hutoushan,
"Tiger's Head Mountain." The one in Tainan
County is a modest 239 meters in height, and it's possible
to drive all the way to the ridge at the top. But the
views to be had from this peak, combined with the presence
of two very pleasant restaurants, makes it a good destination
for a daytrip.
Located just outside Yujing, Hutoushan overlooks a stretch
of the Zengwun River. If the weather's clear, you can
expect to see much of the Alishan Mountain Range, and
also parts of the Central Mountain Range.
With the sun shining on them, the bare
clay hills near Zoumalai Recreational Farm are a striking
sight, especially in comparison with the lush greenery
elsewhere. The small town of Nansi, a few kilometers
to the northeast, looks especially compact when seen
from up here.
This is prime fruit-farming land: Yujing
is famous for its mangoes, but from the top of Hutoushan
you'll see far more papaya groves, almost all of them
covered with fine mesh netting to protect the fruit
The two restaurants on Hutoushan are similar in terms
of price and style. Both offer outdoor seating with
excellent views, set meals for NT$200 to NT$300, plus
various hot and cold beverages. However, if you visit
on a weekday, you may find one or both establishments
To get to Hutoushan, drive first to
Yujing. From Tainan City, the best road is Taiwan Highway
20 (also known as the Southern Cross-Island Highway).
From Kaohsiung, take Taiwan Highway 3 to the village
of Beiliao, then turn left into Yujing. From points
north, take Expressway 84. This east-west road is linked
to both north-south freeways, and terminates in Yujing.
Once in Yujing, follow the bilingual signs to Hutoushan.