Shoushan, also known as Monkey Mountain by the expat community, is a Kaohsiung City jewel for hiking in a jungle forest, inhabited by macaque monkeys. Thankfully, unlike many touristy places in the world, people who come to hike here (mostly locals) are not encouraged to feed the monkeys, so they are generally non-aggressive in nature. Depending on the day, you are likely to see several monkeys traversing through the trees, walking and playing alongside your path as if you do not exist, sunbathing, and cleaning each other. The network of trails in this park is fairly massive and you can find yourself hiking for hours. We suggest that you pay attention to the signs and where you came from to avoid getting lost. Monkey Mountain is simply a must see, while you’re in Kaohsiung.
This particular trailhead is located near a 7-11 on Lane 51, Gushan 3rd Road. Lane 51 runs right next to the 7-11. Follow it all the way around, as it turns into Alley 47, until you see the 4 monkey statues. The stairs leading to the trail are about 50 meters behind the statues.
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