PHOTO ESSAY/Winter splendor atop Taiwan's mountains

12/31/2020 02:48 PM
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Sleet is seen blanketing the surrounding trees in Xiangyang District, Taitung County / Photo courtesy of the Guanshan police precinct.
Sleet is seen blanketing the surrounding trees in Xiangyang District, Taitung County / Photo courtesy of the Guanshan police precinct.

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Visitors will likely see rime ice and sleet in mountainous regions of Taiwan Thursday, although there is only a slim chance of snow due to thin clouds and insufficient moisture.

Sleet is observed around Taitung County
Sleet is observed around Taitung County's Xiangyang Police Station, located at an elevation of 2,312 meters above sea level on the southern cross-island highway that connects Taitung to Tainan / Photo courtesy of the Guanshan police precinct
Forest on a section of the southern cross-island highway in Taitung is white with sleet / Photo courtesy of the Taitung Forest District Office 
Forest on a section of the southern cross-island highway in Taitung is white with sleet / Photo courtesy of the Taitung Forest District Office 
Another spot where rime ice can be observed lies within the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan County, where the surrounding forest, cut through by a mountain road, is covered with the icy water droplets / Photo courtesy of the Luodong Forest District Office 
Another spot where rime ice can be observed lies within the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan County, where the surrounding forest, cut through by a mountain road, is covered with the icy water droplets / Photo courtesy of the Luodong Forest District Office 
Visitors snap pictures of trees covered with rime ice at Taipingshan, 1,900 meters above sea level / Photo courtesy of the Luodong Forest District Office 
Visitors snap pictures of trees covered with rime ice at Taipingshan, 1,900 meters above sea level / Photo courtesy of the Luodong Forest District Office 
Rime ice coats an owl sculpture at Jioujhihze, a tourist site in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area. Visitors will only be permitted to enter the Jioujhihze Hot Spring area, as the rest of the park was closed to the public after 2 p.m. Thursday due to the unstable weather / Photo courtesy of the Luodong Forest District Office
Rime ice coats an owl sculpture at Jioujhihze, a tourist site in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area. Visitors will only be permitted to enter the Jioujhihze Hot Spring area, as the rest of the park was closed to the public after 2 p.m. Thursday due to the unstable weather / Photo courtesy of the Luodong Forest District Office
A mountainous region in Taichung
A mountainous region in Taichung's Heping District is blanketed with rime ice due to near-freezing temperatures brought by the cold snap / Photo courtesy of a private contributor
A view of a hiking trail in Heping District is transformed by rime ice into a white winter wonderland / Photo courtesy of a private contributor
A view of a hiking trail in Heping District is transformed by rime ice into a white winter wonderland / Photo courtesy of a private contributor

(By Ko Lin)

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