After a couple of days of pottering around the area and some smaller walks, it was time for Yushan peak. The evening before was wet and cold as we arrived at the Dong Pu lodge (東埔山莊). Though the price is pretty wallet-friendly, it's a little bit too run down and the toilets / bathroom can send shivers down your back. Also, being a lodge with large shared platform beds, expect little sleep: Taiwanese walkers are not the most concious of others when it comes to sharing bedrooms. Although we had earplugs, it was not enough to seal the constant noise of all the plastic bags being shuffled in the backpacks. At 3am, when some parties are heading out, the noise feels like sitting in some plastic-wrapper factory. Add bright lights shining straight into your face, like a surprise prison interrogation, and you get the picture. For some reasons, Taiwanese and head torches are a bad combination: at 3am, while rummaging through the countless plastic bags, they like to check if any of their bags by any chance moved. The place feels like a disco full of laser beams. Obsessed with (not necessarily needed or logical) early start, Taiwanese are as oblivious to fellow walkers sharing the accommodation as drivers or scooters to pedestrians.
So, if you coming by a car or a scooter, stay somewhere else to get some sleep and a good shower before the walk.Unless, of course, you like 3am plastic-wrapper and headtorches diskos.