Taiwan Ecotourism

Taiwan Ecotourism

If you want to know how beautiful Taiwan really is, you have to come and see for yourself. You will be amazed at the diversity of ancient species this beautiful and relatively young island has to offer. Come and explore its numerous mountains, forests, wetlands and oceans, and find an incredible collection of natural ecosystems.

Taiwan lies off the southeast coast of the Asian Continent, where the tropical and subtropical zones come together. Surrounded by the sea and dominated by high mountains created by tectonic action over the eons, the country features a full range of climates and terrains from the tropical to the frigid. The variations in weather, geology, and elevation give Taiwan an unparalleled richness of flora and fauna, including many endemic species that are found nowhere else in the world. Taiwan is, in fact, a northern-hemisphere microcosm and natural treasure house that, truly, must be seen to be believed.

【Coastal Regions】

Taiwan is surrounded by oceans and therefore has a long coastline, which offers different sceneries wherever you go. The West Coast mainly consists of sand dunes, sand beaches, sand bars and lagoons, and its straight coastline is rather monotonous. The East Coast on the contrary presents a dramatic coastline of towering cliffs that almost directly descend into the deep sea. The coastal plains here are very narrow. The rock formations at the North Coast alternate with beautiful bays and offer the most varied coastal landscape of Taiwan, while the South Coast mainly consists of coral reefs. The offshore islands of Taiwan also offer a great variety of geographical landscapes that are characteristic for the region, such as the basaltic rocks of the Penghu islands, the granite rocks of Kinmen, and the marine erosions of Matzu.

【Flora and Fauna】

Yushan National Park

Taiwan harbors a great diversity of organic life, and some variations are rarely found elsewhere in the world. An example is the black forest similar to that in Germany, with vegetation going back 30 to 60 million years, such as Taxus sumatrana, mangrove, Taiwan isoetes, and the rare high-altitude grass plains. The world's oldest amphibian, the Formosan salamander, can also be found here, as well as the Formosan black bear, the Mikado pheasant and the land-locked salmon. The beautiful azalea, cherry blossom and maple leaf are also subjects of admiration. If you want to experience this diverse animal and plant life, consider a visit to one of Taiwan's national scenic areas, national parks or forests, or nature reserves, as these form the most ideal outdoor natural resource learning opportunities in Taiwan.

Taiwan's national parks, including Yangming Mountain (Yangmingshan), Taroko, Yu Mountain (Yushan), Shei-Pa, Kending (Kenting), Kinmen, Dongsha Atoll, and Taijiang, form the back garden of Taiwan and in themselves are natural treasure-houses. Next to beautiful sceneries, they provide the shelter to unique animal and plant life, including insects, fish, and birds. The natural reserves actually form miniature ecosystems that not only provide a protected environment but also offer a great alternative for recreational activities, environmental education and academic research. Here, visitors can get away from their hectic lives in the city and enjoy the serene environment.


You can also come to Taiwan to watch its numerous species of butterflies and birds.


Some 17,000 different species of butterflies are known around the world; almost 400 can be seen in Taiwan, 50 of which are endemic to the island. There are many different sites where you can go to watch them dance in the air, including Doll Valley in Wulai near Taipei, Yangming Mountain (Yangmingshan) National Park, Mt. Jiaoban, and Mt.Lala along the Northern Cross-Island Highway, Qilan near Taipingshan (Ta-ping Mountain) , Guguan, Li Mountain (Lishan) , and Cuifeng along the Central Cross-Island Highway, Nanshan River and Huisun Forest near Puli, Shanlin River (Sunlinksea) in Nantou County, Butterfly Valley in Maolin near Kaohsiung County, Sheding Park and Nanren Mountain (Nanrenshan) in Kending (Kenting) , and Butterfly Valley in Taitung.

Taiwan Mountain Ecotourism

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3 Most Common Questions Asked About Travelling To Taiwan

[QUESTION 1] How much would a week vacation cost in Taiwan? – Asked on
[Answer] – A couple thousand US should enable you to do it in high style. Bring more though, because:

A) We need the money.
B) After a week here, you’ll probably want to stay longer. :^)

Enjoy your stay!

Source : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100305012537AAGMif4


[QUESTION 2] Is it advisable to go Taiwan in December? The weather, the crowd…? – Asked on
[Answer] – It will be cold, because places don’t have central heating. If its 10 degrees outside it will be ten degrees inside. The activity level will be the same as ever. It only slows down during the Chinese New Year week, and then only in the big cities because a lot of people go home or to tourist places like Kenting and Hualien.

“Fishfren” (the person who answered first) has some information that is not correct. Taiwan is not communist–it is a modern, prosperous democracy. Christmas is evident all over the place–in stores and in the streets. There is freedom of religion in Taiwan, and many people are Christians–especially the Aboriginal folk. Go to Taiwan, and be safe. There are a lot of good reasons to be there.

Source : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20081007001850AAA8Hhs


[QUESTION 3] How should I plan a romantic honeymoon trip in Taiwan? – Asked on
[Answer] – I definitely agree with the answerer above me. I’ve answered questions similar to this, so I’ve copy and pasted them. Take a look, I received best answer for a couple of these : ).

just went to taiwan this summer, to visit my friends there.
I’m telling you, if you gotta go to one place in taiwan, its gotta be Hualian (花蓮) and Taroko(太魯閣) (which is around thirty minutes drive from Hualian. ) Its an amazing city along the east coast. You can either take the train or plane there. I recommend train, because its a more convenient means of transportation and you can even enjoy the view along the way. Especially if you’re looking for good beaches, Hualian has the best. There was this one i went to that had almost no one on it, it wasnt like a vacation beach, but it was SO clean, and i swear, Ive never seen bluer, clearer, more pristine sea water in my life. Its just fantastic.

I’ve got a few pictures….i really wish i can show them to you. Taroko is a small gorge, the air there is fantastic. If you’re ever looking for a place just to bond with nature or whatnot, this is the place. When i went, I stayed one night at their village/tribes people hotel. The rooms were cabins, but it was fairly clean. In the morning, you wake up and you see mountains and blue sky. One word. AWESOME. Its called Leader Hotel.

Parts of the stream that runs through the Taroko Gorge has the 4th most clearest water in the world. You can even go down there, take a dip, or whatnot. Lots of fun. Theres actually a lot of tourists here, but its just not that “known” for foreigners. But since i had friends who live in taiwan, i had the advantage. You can probably stay for 2-4 days in this area.

Other places of interest in Taiwan:
Lover’s Bridge in Danshui ( go at night [: ) VERY ROMANTIC
Taipei 101 (Its as good as it looks. Best would be to make a reservation on the restaurant up top. They have the best view at night. And delicious food.) VERY ROMANTIC
Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)CUTE FOR A DATE : )

Hope this helps and hope you’ll enjoy your stay there! :]
I know I had a blast in Taiwan. I could say it was definitely one of my favourite places!

I went to Taipei this last summer….and it was….AWESOME. No jokes. Its best if you have friends in taiwan, so they can kinda be your tour guide(i had friends there), cuz natives there might try to trick you in some cases, such as haggling for a good price and whatnot.
For transportation: cabs are your best bet. Some of the cab drivers may not know english, so you may need to write down the places you want to go.
Places to go:
1. TAIPEI 101 . Yes yes, people will say its great, but no, its AWESOME. You wont be able to feel it until you are really there. I went at night to have dinner on the 85th floor, and the view was breathtaking. Its a bit expensive…but its definitely worth it (: You may want to make reservations tho.
2.Museums- if you’re interested in history, you can take a look at the National Palace Museum. They showcase different things regularly; its not THAT fun, but educational.
3. Night Life- You may want to go around the night markets, notably the Shilin Night Market. They have basically everything there. And…it only opens after 6. Great atmosphere, but you may have some trouble if you dont know mandarin. On the other hand, the food there is amazing ;).
Also, theres a lovers bridge in Danshui’s harbour that you can miss! Go at night. Its a pedestrian bridge and the scene is a beauty.
4. If you’re going in the summer/ sometime warm, and you have kids, you can try the waterpark called Formosa Fun Park.
5. Wanna go somewhere hip? Try Ximending. Its kinda like a big mall/square that has a lot of stores and where all the young people hang out at. And…a lot of taiwanese celebrities hold mini concerts and stuff there. Another place is the east-district shopping area. LOTS of good shopping you can do there. Its around the taipei 101 area.

Things to be aware of:
1. People taking the opportunity to trick foreigners when buying things
2. Haggling works in MOST (not all) cases.
3.Stick together! Dont wander by yourselves, especially at night. Lots of people= can get lost.
4.Be careful when you are joining guided groups…you may not get the best out of your money. So if you can speak even a bit of mandarin, it would be best if you guys planned your own trip.

Source : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20091115195915AA1Q9mk


Travel Geek: Documentary Taiwan Video in HD

Published on Mar 1, 2013

Follow Cyle O’Donnell, the Travel Geek, along more than 5,000 miles of trains, cars motorbikes, planes and boats — not to mention 20-or-so miles of hiking — through Far East Asia’s hidden gem. With filming spanning more than nine months, this trek covers everything from Chinese New Year in Tainan’s fireworks battle to Changhua’s legendary Lantern Festival; from windsurfing Penghu’s gale-force winds to eating raw pigs with Lanyu’s aboriginal natives; from high atop Taipei’s tallest towers, to the hinterland of tribal Taroko Gorge, this ultimate travel documentary is sure to inspire the mind and ignite the travel lust.

Travel Geek Documentary Taiwan has taken more than a year to complete. In the cutting room, the editors spent two-and-a-half months sifting through 114 Gigabytes worth of files spread out among 2,866 fils from 68 folders. And when it was finished, the final cut was one-hour-and-59-minutes long with more than four hours of outtakes, extra footage including marketing and subscriber media.

The experience of living and filming in Taiwan was amazing. And during the time the I spent in Taiwan, I also visited North and South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and the Philippines. So this film is the culmination of much enjoyment and success. And throughout this time, I also changed a lot as a media professional, a photographer and even as a person.

It’s bittersweet to see this particular film released because in addition to finalizing the edits and releasing it, I have also closed off another important and learned time in my life. And as I watch this film, I can’t help but be nostalgic and reflective of all the times in between the shots that no one else will feel quite so moved by but me. And while this film was captured before I left for film school (meaning, I didn’t have quite the gear that I have now in order to make it a little more “professional”), I still think it turned out pretty well.

In any case, it is my pleasure to announce the latest release of films in the Moving Stills library, Travel Geek: Documentary Taiwan. If you enjoy it half as much I did making it, I will be able to call it a success.

A special note just to subscribers is sent out that offers how to get free downloads and discounted packages of the Full-HD, 1080p version of this film, along with director’s notes, a signed script and the entire photo gallery that I shot from this trip.

The Life of Pi ─ (Mostly) Made in Taiwan

If you have not seen Taiwan director Ang Lee’s most recent Oscar-winning work of cinematic art, you must.  If you have not ever seen the beautiful Pacific island of Taiwan, once you’ve watched The Life of Pi, you will have.

Life of Pi

Pi spends much of his time out on the ocean, first on a freighter and then on a lifeboat.  These sequences – most notably the powerful storms and the freighter’s sinking – were filmed in the central city of Taichung at decommissioned Shuinan Airport.  This is the site of a wave-generating pool that will be opened to the public as part of a film studio down the road.  The pool, equipped with pneumatic wave generators sourced from the USA, is the world’s largest, 75 meters long, 30 wide, and three deep.  It is able to create thousands of different wave effects, including waves 12 meters high, using pressure precision-controlled with 12 floodgates.  The Taichung city government plans to open a movie park here by 2015, which will feature sound stages, backlots, and an editing complex.

Before his rescue, Pi comes across a magical floating island of banyan trees, their exposed roots everywhere.  The incredible environment was not computer-generated; it actually exists, though not on a small floating island.  The scenes were filmed on Taiwan’s pristine southeast coast, in Pingtung County, in the White Banyan Park.  Managed by the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI), the park is currently off-limits to tourists, because the white banyan tree is susceptible to airborne brown root rot, which may be inadvertently introduced should a constant stream of visitors be allowed.  Note that there is a collection of the trees nearby ay theHengchun Tropical Botanical Garden in Kenting National Park, on Taiwan’s southern tip.  The trees are over a century old; the garden was originally opened in 1906 as a research station by the Japanese, who ruled Taiwan from 1895 to 1945.

Pi finally drifts ashore on a beautiful deserted white-sand beach in tropical Mexico.  You can visit the bay – in Kenting National Park.  Baishawan/White Sand Bay, 500 meters long, is on the park’s west side.  Framed by coral reef, the sand is made of fine shell fragments.  The tranquil bay, comparatively secluded, offers fine swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and there are water-activity gear-rental outlets nearby.  It was declared “Best Kept Secret” in Beach Tomato.com’s 2011 Travel Awards, the editors proclaiming that “this oriental sandy treasure has been kept hushed behind monumental evergreens…. This is a tropical beach paradise…”

Read full article from Taiwan The Heart Of Asia News & Events

Useful information :

Taipei Zoo: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=R60

Taichung City: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002112&key

Kenting National Park: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002122&id=421

Pingtung County: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002122&key


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