Wuling National Forest Recreation

    Wuling National Forest Recreational Area is situated in northeastern Hopin Township in Taichung County. The tributaries of Dajia River (Chijiawan, Snow Mountain and Taoshan Creeks) wind through this vast area ranging from 1800 to 3884 meters above sea level. The main recreation area spans the portion of land from the river terrace around Wuling to Taoshan Waterfall. Wuling is the ideal place for ecotourism and environmental education because there are no strong winds and the climate is a comfortable 16ºC in mean annual temperature.

    Since the entire area is part of the Snow Mountain range, Wuling has always been the rest area for climbers going to Wulingsisho (Four Beauty Mountain) and Holy Ridgeline. Climbers are proud to have climbed Snow Mountain and enjoy observing unique views of Cuichi Cirque and Flaky Juniper. Visitors typically also make a stop at Wuling Farm. Since this area is almost entirely surrounded by pine trees, it is prone to forest fire. Despite this problem, the beautiful Qijawan Creek and Wuling Terrace are still popular destinations for visitors. In this mountain-village atmosphere, Wuling Farm produces many varieties of mountain vegetables and fruits. Not only are there peaches, pears, apples, and nectar blossoms at the farm, but there also are lovely Taiwanese Walnuts, Formosan Alders and Taiwanese Cherries along the creek. In late autumn, the exquisite yellow and red colors of Liquidambars, Green Maples, and Chinese Cork Oaks are also worthwhile to observe.

Location : 3 Wuling Rd., Pingdenvillage, Heping Township, Taichung County Tel : (04) 2590-1020 Opening hours :08:00~17:00 Admission : ‧ Mon.~Fri.—NT$80 ‧Weekends & Holidays: NT$160 ‧Children/Students—NT$80 ‧Concession (incl. children under 115cm in height): NT$10

 

Ecological Description

    The pure Qijawan Creek is home to Formosan Landlocked Salmon, which is a national treasure. This rare migratory species, dating back to the ice age during the Tertiary Period, has evolved into a landlocked species as a result of an increase in crustal uplift. It is now considered the "flagship species." This species only inhabits a 6.5-kilometer area within the Qijiawan River, and there are only about 600 salmon in the community. Not only does the temperature have to stay below 16 ºC in order for the salmon to survive, but overpopulation in Wuling and the prevalence of wild fires also pose problems. Two important points need to be stressed in environmental education regarding Wuling. First. visitors should only observe Formosan Landlocked Salmon from a distance. Second, forest fire must be avoided. Taoshan Waterfalls, which is 50 meters tall and pours down a high volume of water, is the origin of Qijawan Creek. When it is breezy, the splashes of water appears almost smoky, earning the falls the nickname of “Smoky Melody Waterfall.” Visitors can observe the soaring Taiwanese Red Pine, Taiwanese Spruce, Hemlock, Incense Cedar, and Red Cypress next to the waterfall, as well as Red Hairy Azalea and Egg-Leaf Rhododendron throughout the mountains each spring. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful melodies in nature created by the combined sounds of birds, running water and wind rustling the pine leaves. 77 birds make up a chorus lead by the White-tailed Blue Robins, Strong-footed Bush Warblers, and Yellow-bellied Bush Warblers. Some visitors might even be fortunate enough to locate Mandarin Ducks on the bank. Highland Red-belly Swallowtail Butterflies and Pachliopta aristolochiae are the most typical butterflies while stag beetles and moths usually appear at night near the cabins.

    Pines, creeks, waterfalls, mountains, color-changing plants, birds, and salmon are the images that make Wuling unique. Visitors wishing to experience an eco-tour can don a hat, light cotton shirt, and a pair of sturdy, slip-resistant shoes, to hike along the creek from the farm to Taoshan Waterfall and enjoy the view and ecosystem. Although the trip maye be difficult, it will certainly be full of delightful surprises.

sources:http://recreation.forest.gov.tw/RA_En_JP/0300001/RA_En-05.htm