The Craggy Peaks of Pingxi

This is the stunning view from near the top of Címǔfēng 慈母峰, one of the Pingxi Crags (as they are known in English) in Píngxī 平溪, a mountainous district about an hour outside of Taipei 台北. Xiàozǐshān 孝子山, another crag, is visible up ahead, and you can faintly make out some buildings in the small towns in the valley below. These craggy peaks, tamed by metal stakes, rope, and stairways carved into the rock face, are dangerously steep in parts but absolutely exhilarating to climb. I had a blast getting lost in the crags on a hot subtropical afternoon in late July, 2013, not long after moving to Taiwan 台灣.