Yushan National Park

Yushan National Park, Nantou 2017

Yushan National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the heart, the Yushan, the highest peak in the park. The park covers a total of 103,121 hectares, including large sections of the Central Mountain Range. The park contains over thirty peaks with more than 3,000 meters of altitude, and two-thirds of the area within the park is over 2,000 meters. The height difference in the park is 3,600 meters, and there are many gorges, cliffs, and valleys.

The park includes a variety of habitats, ranging from the deciduous forest in low grades, mixed forest, coniferous forest, bamboo in middle layers to finally giant bamboo arrow bamboo, clumps of conifers and bare rock projections.

The park hosts a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies. In the past, many of these species were endangered by hunting, but with the founding of the Yushan National Park, the stocks are recovering gradually. Larger mammals such as the black bear, the Sambar deer, the Taiwan macaques and serows (a kind of goat-antelope) can be seen with some luck.

Due to its remote location and entry controls, the Yushan National Park is one of the less visited national parks in Taiwan.

 

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