Mixed forests to the west of Ci’en are dominated by coniferous species such as Taiwan spruce, Taiwan hemlock, and Taiwan red pine, begin to appear. The hardwood species growing here are deciduous, adding colors to the mountain scenery during the autumn and winter.
Mt. Yangtou is one of the “100 Peaks of Taiwan” (Baiyue) with an elevation of 3,035m. The trailhead is near Ci’en Hostel. According to the general records of Hualien County, “the summit of Mt. Yangtou resembles the head of a ram.” From Bilü, the outline of the mountain can be seen.
Bus:From East Taiwan: From Hualien Train Station or Taroko National Park Headquarters take Hualien Bus #1141(only serviced once daily) to Lishan alight at Ci'en station. (arriving 11:05 towards Lishan; arriving 16:34 towards Hualien Train Station). Please confirm the bus timetable ahead in case of any changes. Hualien Bus Phone Number: 03-8323485. http://www.hualienbus.com.tw/bus/userfiles/files/149999051787548.pdf
Driving:From East Taiwan: To get to Ci'en (1995 m), drive westbound on Provincial Highway 8 from Hualien to Taroko National Park via Provincial Highway 8 through Huitouwan, Xibao, Luoshao and Xinbaiyang. Driving takes about an hour and 10 minutes from Taroko National Park Headquarters to Ci'en. Please be very cautious when you are driving on the mountain road.