Taipingshan Recreation Area

    Situated in Datong Township of Yilan County, the vast 12,631-hectare Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area ranges from 500 to 2,000 meters above sea level. Tianguer and Dowan Creeks, two tributaries of Lanyan River, wind through high mountains and rift valleys. With a mean annual temperature of 11-12ºC, pure white snow falls during cold winters, while summers are cool and pleasant, making Taipingshan a vacation destination for all seasons.

    The Sanxin, Nanhuda and Snow mountain ranges surround high-altitude southwestern Taipingshan. The northeast monsoon and ocean breeze from the Pacific pass directly through these mountains, which stretch from the northeast to the southwest. As the monsoon and ocean breeze advance, moist wind brings in abundant rainfall and pervasive fog year-round. Unpredictable fog and masses of clouds permeate the area, and light mist spreads throughout the clear sky, producing a sense of poetic beauty, especially in the early evening immediately following rain. Taipingshan has ten major attractions and eight nature trails to sightsee, of which, the most famous are Ciouchihze, Taipingshan, Maosing and Cueifong Lake. Ciouchihze is a valley famous for its calcium carbonate hot springs. The elegance of Ciouchihze allows visitors to have an exceptionally enjoyable time. Since Taipingshan’s Primeval Forest Park is at once magically charming yet surrounded by a bare atmosphere, it is often referred to as “Heaven on Earth.” Together with its surrounding forest and waterfowls in mist, Cueifong Lake, the largest alpine lake in Taiwan, makes for a picturesque landscape. Distinctive natural resources unique to the area can be found along eight trails. Visitors can go down Maosing by following along the 2.7-kilometer “Three-Tier Waterfalls Trail” and visit each of the magnificent waterfall’s three tiers: upper, middle, and lower. A 900- hectare pure Taiwanese beech forest is situated at the end of the 3.8-kilometer “Beech Trail” near Cueifong Lake. The golden hue of early spring and late autumn, the silhouette of bare branches in winter, and the advection frost of this rime landscape are spectacular and world renown wonders.

    Location : Taiping Village, Datong Township, Yilan County Tel: (03) 980-9619 (Tuchang Toll Station) Opening hours : 06:00~21:00 (Hours extended to 03:30~21:00 during summer vacation period) Admission: ‧Mon.~Fri.—Adults NT$150, Children NT$100, Concession NT$10 ‧Weekends & Holidays—Adults NT$200, Children NT$100, Concession NT$10

 

Ecological Description

    This area ranges from low to high sea level, and spans across subtropical, warm temperate and cool temperate zones. Besides the planted Red Cypress and Japanese Cedar, there are many other unique species in the area such as Crunched Cypress, mossy wood and tall Formosan Azalea. Visitors can also enjoy a wonderful pure hemlock forest along the trail. Throughout Ciouchihze, tree ferns (Cyathea spinulosa), Green Maples, and Taiwanese Cherry trees grow in the nanmu and ficus forests. On the way to Cueifong Lake, visitors can have a lot of wild fun among the mountain miscanthus and many herbaceous flowers. Although there are many different kinds of wild animals, the birds and butterflies are the most remarkable. Formosan laughing thrushes are called “Welcoming Birds” because they tend to show up close to the cabins to show off their beautiful sounds and appearance. The Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly, also called the “Butterfly of Dreams,”can be spotted in the Taiwanese sassafras forests. Besides these birds and butterflies, there are also many kinds of mammals, frogs, moths and valuable insects such as Formosan Long-armed Scarabs and Formosan Long-fanged Stag Beetles.

    Since Taipingshan was one of three major logging areas in Taiwan in the early days, many tools and machines have been preserved from the forest development era, such as steam trams, steam logging tools and remnants of the cable station. There is a wealth of biological diversity in the area and it is an ideal place for various activities such as mountain climbing, hiking, bird-watching, butterfly-watching, enjoying the view of clouds above the sea and of mist above the hills, taking photos, painting, meditating, forest bathing, taking hot spring baths, and exploring local and natural history. Only those who can appreciate the slow pace of nature are able to truly understand the magic, beauty, and rich diversity of the Taipingshan area.

 

sources from:http://recreation.forest.gov.tw/RA_En_JP/0100001/RA_En-05.htm