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Shetou Mountain is located at the 12km mark of Kaohsiung County Highway No. 132 and can be spotted on the way to Douna Village. The mountain sits right across the Longtou Mountain in a meander.

It was named Shetou, literally “snake head” in English, because it looks like a Deinagkistrodon snake snuggling at the Zhuokou River. It is a landmark in Maolin District and the guardian mountain of the local indigenous Tribe.

There is also interesting folklore behind the mountain. So it goes that there were a mother snake and her two baby snakes hunting for food in the mountain. Mistaking the sound of a gushing river in the mountain for heavy rain, the mother snake ushered her children up to a tree to avoid a huge flood that might follow the rain and instructed them to chant a spell so they could turn themselves into an eagle or a purple crow butterfly and fly away safely.

Visitors are recommended to spend 15 minutes here: They can head to the observatory and appreciate the unique meander landscape or the full view of the mountain. 

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The Hundred Pace Snake symbolizes the ancient spirit of the Rukai Tribe. Rukai legends claim that their people are descended from this snake, so the snake is considered highly esteemed and plays an important role in their traditional culture.


Located at the 12km marker on Kaohsiung Rural Route No. 132,Maolin Dist., Kaohsiung City



  • Longitude/Latitude:120.69537/22.90729
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    4.5 4stars 20 reviews
    James Liu
    5stars 4 years ago

    It can only be said that human imagination is really rich. Looking down from the pavilion on the trail, you can see the mountain that looks like the head of a hundred-step snake. In addition to Snake Head Mountain, there is also Dragon Head Mountain. Unfortunately, it is the dry season now and the riverbed is dry. If the river had water, I think the scenery would be more beautiful.

    5stars 2 years ago

    Longtou Mountain and Shetou Mountain are the must-visit mountains with lush forests and beautiful scenery.

    5stars 2 years ago

    This is the famous Snake Head Mountain⛰️ Unfortunately, there is no water now I hope the mountains and water will be more beautiful next time I come here😎

    4stars 3 years ago

    Shetou Mountain is located on the only way to Donali. It looks like a hundred-step snake and sits beside the Zhuokou River. It is 12km away from Line 132 of the rural road. Shetou Mountain is a typical meandering terrain. It was originally a circulation hill. However, due to the accumulation of earth and rocks in the sliding area and the healing connection with the hills behind Snake Head, it formed an appearance that resembles a hundred-step snake entrenched in Zhuokou River, so it is called It is called Baibu Snake Head Mountain. However, under the continuous scouring and cutting action of the river, the snake's neck may also be cut off and a "circulation hill" will be formed again. Baibu Snake Head Mountain is also regarded as the sacred mountain that protects the tribesmen and is one of the most famous attractions in Maolin area. According to legend, a long time ago, there was a mother snake and two little snakes who were looking for food here. When the mother snake heard the sound of the rapids in the river, she thought it was a heavy rain in the mountains or even a flash flood, so she called her children to climb up the trees. He asked them to close their eyes and recite the incantation silently, hoping that their son and daughter would transform into an eagle and a purple-spotted butterfly respectively and flap their wings to escape the disaster. This legend is completely consistent with the local natural landscape and is logically interesting, so the commentators often use it as a guide. ===================== The Zhuokou River runs through the forest. In addition to the mountain scenery of high mountains and ridges, it also creates special topography and geology such as waterfalls, canyons, and rich animal and plant landscapes. Longtou Mountain and Shetou Mountain are the circulation hill topography. The formation of Shetou Mountain is different from that of Longtou Mountain. The accumulation of earth and rocks on the sliding ground is connected with the hills behind Snake Head, resulting in the current landscape that resembles the hundred-step Snake Head. It is divided into two sides of Longtou Mountain and complements each other. The separation of the dragon head and dragon spine seen today in Longtou Mountain is the result of deliberate explosions to change the direction of the water flow during the Japanese colonial period in order to facilitate transportation for local residents. This natural wonder that looks like a giant dragon spitting pearls is caused by the topography of meandering streams and circulation hills. When viewed from a high place, it looks like a giant dragon entrenched in the valley. The scenery is very spectacular. Longtou Mountain, Shetou Mountain and Turtle-shaped Mountain are even named together and become the three famous mountains in Maolin.

    4stars 8 months ago

    The shortest Baiyue

    Last Update:2023-10-25

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