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The Portuguese called it Formosa – the beautiful island – fringed with golden beaches, capped by snowy mountains and carpeted with rainforest slashed by gorges. Today, more than 20% of Taiwan remains protected in the form of a nature reserve or national park like Taroko, and the trekking is varied and magnificent. Whether it’s a short day trip just outside Taipei or an epic adventure through the rugged jade mountains of Yushan, there’s a yomp for all seasons. Here are the best hiking trails in Taiwan.