The climate on wondrously beautiful Mt. Ta-pa-chien changes constantly, in countless ways. Mt. Ta-pa-chien and its smaller partner Hsiao-pa-chien tower over the surrounding peaks. The natural beauty of the way in which the clouds drape around it has made it a scenic landmark. Reaching an elevation of 3,492 m, it straddles Hsinchu, Miaoli, Ilan, and Taichung Counties. It has been called the “peak of the century.” The Atayal call it Babo Papak, with Babo meaning “mountain” and Papak meaning “two ears.” Its shape is like that of a covered wine jar, so it is also nicknamed “Winejar Mountain.” The Atayal regard it as sacred. Mt. Ta-pa-chien has the greatest personality among the peaks of Taiwan’s Hsueh-shan Range, and it is the most distinctive. It’s especially impressive if you see it in the chill air of winter, when you hear the soughing wind and see the floating clouds around it.