Great Snow Mountain (Daxueshan) 大雪山
Where the foothills rise up in the eastern part of Taichung city, is the beginning if a 50 kilometer access road which snakes and climbs its way out of the urban plain and penetrates the Great Snow Mountain National Forest. At its terminus, the road ends at a visitor center and observation deck at 2,600 meters. A few kilometers from the top are a series of guest houses and cabins that make up one of the most attractive and well-maintained mountain tourist facilities in Taiwan. For anyone who has spent time in Taiwan's urban centers, waking up in the cold, clear mountain air is heartening and even inspirational.
The entire Great Snow Mountain area is a mecca for birdwatchers, with the variety and volume of birds evolving and changing all the way up the access road. Hot spots highlight the entire ascent, with pull-offs and wooden platforms installed for improved bird viewing and photography. Each kilometer marker seems to herald in a new species: Swinhoe's Pheasant at marker X, Mikado Pheasant at marker Y, Taiwan Bush Warbler at Marker Z.
A link to a simple tourist map of the access road and highlights is below: