Mingchi is located 17 kilometers up the road from the Qilan Nursery, at the highest point of the Northern Cross-Island Highway. The frequently fog-shrouded lake of the name- Mingchi means bright lake-is nestled beautifully amidst the mountains and is surrounded by planted cryptomeria and old-growth cypress. A footpath around the lake, and lookout pavilions, make it easy for visitors to enjoy the scenery. Mingchi Hostel offers meals and accommodation in 32 hotel rooms and 36 cabins.
photo via Artemas Liu