Fuli: Sixty Stone Mountain(六十石山)

Blossom of tiger lilies

這幾年以來,大家對花東夏末秋初的金針花季都不陌生,除了台東太麻里的金針山外,在花蓮玉里附近有兩座金針山可供遊覽,一座是玉里的赤柯山,另一座是富里的六十石山。基本上,兩座山都各有風味,我媽總是形容赤柯山是害羞的村姑,因為其金針花種植區域多處隱藏於山巒之間,含羞內斂,適合漫遊細品。而有小瑞士之稱的六十石山,地勢變化多端,可遠眺花東縱谷平原,較為大器,尤其伴隨著清晨日出或傍晚夕照的山嵐及雲海,更豐富了夾帶於海岸山脈及中央山脈之縱谷景觀的多樣性。

富里-六十石山
近年來六十石山的名氣已相當響亮,在花季期間更是吸引大量遊客前往,建議大家儘量避免八月週末之賞花巔峰時段,一方面能避開人潮,另一方面也能真正享受山巔溪媚之美。花季當然值得一遊,但六十石山非花季時的風景亦有不同面貌,亦可感受鄉村幽靜而質樸的原始風情。至於交通工具,最好是能自行開車或乘摩托車,如果是團體前來賞花,必須換乘20人以內的小巴士上山。我個人喜好騎乘摩托車,因為花東美景俯首可拾,騎著摩托車,想停就停,優游自在。在省道台九線約308.6公里處,即可看到前往六十石山的指標,沿途亦有指示,到山頂之忘憂亭約30分鐘車程。如沒有交通工具,可安排計程車上山,以半天時間較為適宜,費用約兩千台幣。

The view of Sixty Stone Mountain

When you visit Eastern Taiwan in summer time, there are two mountain areas where the tiger lilies are beautifully blooming near Yuli, Hualien. One is area is Chihke Mountain (赤柯山) and the other is Sixty Stone Mountain (六十石山). Both are worth a visit, even it’s not in the flower season.  Since I just came back from the Sixty Stone Mountain a few days ago, I will post some photos from there first. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to write an article about Chihke Mountain soon.

Survey the East Rift Valley from Sixty Stone Mountain

Sixty Stone Mountain
Sixty Stone Mountain is located in Fuli Township(富里), between the Central Mountain Range and the Coastal Mountain Range. So, from the mountain top, you can look across the beautiful flat East Rift Valley, with its’ farmlands and rice fields stretching into the distant. The story of Sixty Stone Mountain is an interesting one. It is said that in 1959, a horrible flood occurred in some counties of Western Taiwan, which lead to a migration of residents from the west to the area where Sixty Stone Mountain is located now. Since the area was too infertile to cultivate and it was inconvenient to transport agricultural products, the total harvest was only a total weight of sixty stones (Stone:, pronounces as dan in this case, is the unit of measure for grains in Chinese). Therefore, people started to call the mountain Sixty Stone Mountain.

August to Early September
The best season for tiger daily lilies is from August to early September. During this time, the mountains are carpeted in orange tiger lilies, which is a must-to-see when you travel the east coast in summer. If possible, try to avoid weekends, as traffic is normally heavy and there are lots of tourists on the mountain.

Sunrise and Sunset
As for the best time to visit Sixty Stone Mountain, I recommend the early morning, to enjoy the sunrise over Coastal Mountain Range, which accompanies amazing shifts of the mist and cloud as the day is dawning. In the afternoon, the mountains are covered in a variety of colors by the sun setting behind the Central Mountain Range. Both are nice times to survey the whole valley and the tiger lilies fields. Photographers will definitely enjoy a trip to Sixty Stone Mountain, as there are definitely some amazing shots to be taken there.

Getting There & Around
The best way to get to the Sixty Stone Mountain is riding scooter or driving a car.   At 308.6k on the Provincial Highway No.9, you can see a sign going to the mountains and keep going up about 30 mins till the top. If you don’t have your own transport, you can hire a taxi for a half day Sixty Stone Mountain tour, which normally costs NT$2000.

Walking to ______

走向

有人說,在花蓮,看風景是例行公事;
我說,是家常便飯。

Sixty Stone Mountain
Address: Zhutian Village, Fuli Township, Hualien County (花蓮縣富里鄉竹田村)