A Final Major Adventure and Reflection on My Time in Taiwan

Yushan National Park, Taiwan
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Journal Entry:

Most recently, I went on an amazing two-day hiking trip to the highest summit in Taiwan, Yushan, also known as Jade Mountain. This trip required me and two of my other Fulbright friends, who are also Junior High School teachers, to travel to the middle of Taiwan. We left Friday after work and headed to a hotel in Puli Township, which was about a two-hour drive away from the national park. On Saturday morning, we woke up very early and began to drive up to the hike entrance. My hiking experience has served as an analogy for my time in Taiwan. For my final journal entry, I hope to reflect on both my hiking experience and my time in Taiwan with all of you.

Jade Mountain is famous as the highest mountain in Taiwan and the fourth-highest mountain on an island. The highest point of the Yushan Range, Yushan, stands at 3,952 meters (12,966 feet) above sea level and is the highest point in the western Pacific region outside of the Kamchatka Peninsula. It isn’t an easy hike either, with the recommended time to complete the whole hike being two days.