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The day has started with a golden shower on the hovering clouds below the mountain.

Shei-Pa National Park is designated in order to protect the wilderness mountain area of north-central Taiwan. The major geological features include Syue Shan (雪山 or Hsueh Shan or Sheishan) which rank second highest in Taiwan at 3886 meters. Because of the rugged terrain, most of Shei-Pa National Park remains undeveloped. The mountain streams still run clear, and large tracts of forestland are virgin timber. Like Yushan and Taroko, Shei-Pa serves as a refuge for large mammals and birds.

The ascent to the Main Summit starts from 369 Hostel with a walk through a forest of pine and deciduous trees known as the 'Black Forest'. The summit offers a great 360 degree panorama of the entire mountain ranges near and far, including Dapajian Shan, and Yushan which can be seen in the far far horizon.

Hsueh Shan (translated literally to "Snow Mountain") does not covered in snow through the entire year. It was the hunting ground of the Atayal tribe. When their ancestors reach the main summit, they have called it Babo Sekoan (Babo - mountain, Sekoan - cracks on the cliff face). That sounds like "Syue Wong" mountain, and slowly its name was known was "Syue Shan". Among many other names, British troop has named the summit as Salvia in name of their warship in 1867. Its name of "Hsueh Shan" was offically used in 1953.
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