Lion' s Head Mountain Visitor Center
Lion’s Head Mountain got its name from its resemblance to a lion’s head when viewed afar from the bank of Zhonggang River. The front of the Mountain is a lion’s head and the back a lion’s tail, which are located at the Nanzhuang Township, Miaoli County and Emei Township, Hsinchu County, respectively. The peak is 492 m a.s.l. With its rich natural scenery, rural vibes and the mountain landscape, Lion’s Head Mountain is a great choice for trekking.
Among all the facilities, Lion’s Head Mountain Visitor Center is of great help for visitors who wish to rest their feet a while. Established in 2001, the main building was reconstructed from the abandoned former Shishan Elementary School, and still retains the Hakka style after renovation. The Visitor Center provides diverse quality services. The Shishan classroom has the introduction of the nearby attractions and the map for surrounding trails, allowing visitors to choose a suitable route based on their physical strength and mood. The Visitor Center also provides brochures, introduction of townships, as well as boards displaying photographs of attractions, which are clearly classified by themes, making it easy for visitors to immediately grasp the information. The board for traditional delicacies mentions many well-liked dishes including braised pork with bamboo shoots and stir-fried pig intestine with shredded ginger. In addition, the Visitor Center provides various thoughtful services such as phone charging, simple first aid, Wi-Fi, vehicle charging, and postcard mailing, making the hiking trip more pleasant and comfortable.
Along with a cute waterwheel installed outside the Visitor Center, there are various Hakka cardboard cut-outs for visitors to take photographs. Visitors can transform into a beautiful Hakka girl by simply standing behind the cardboard cut-out! Through proper planning, many benches are placed under the trees, making the outdoor square a great resting spot when one is tired from hiking.
By public transportation：
Take a train and alight at Hsinchu Zhunan Station ► t to Taiwan Railway Neiwan Line at Zhudong Station ► Take a Hsinchu Bus Co. bus Shishan Line bound at Zhudong Station, alight at Shishan Station and take a walk to reach the destination.
1 National Highway No. 1 Zhubei Interchange→ Guangming 6th Road ► County 117 Expressway ► Tai 68 Expressway ►Tai 3 Expressway ► Hsinchu 41 Expressway.
2 National Highway No. 3 Zhulin Interchange ► County 120 Expressway ► County 123 Expressway ► County 122 Expressway ► Tai 3 Expressway ► Hsinchu 41 Expressway.
GPS： N 24 38 28.3 , E 121 01 29.0