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Introduction to the recreation area
Kuaishan Big Tree Trail
Guanwu Recreation Area is in the northwest of Shei-pa National Park on the border of Wufeng Township in Xinzhu County and Tai-an Township in Miaoli County. Its geographical coordinates are 121.6.2 degrees east longitude and 24.30.28 degrees north latitude. It is the highest point on Dalu Forest Road and is on the route that must be taken to climb Dabajian Mountain , the best known peak in the park, and also the main gateway for entering the national park from the northwest. It is the east ridge saddle of Luchang Mountain on the north ridge of the Mt. Xue mountain range. Guanwu has an elevation of around 2000 meters and is shrouded in mist throughout the year. It also one of the best spots from which to view Shengling Trail (Holy Ridge Trail) in the Mt. Xue mountain range and the clouds and mist scenery.
The elevation of the Guanwu area is around 2000 meters. The forest is warm temperate and cold temperate zone forest. The coniferous forest trees are mainly Taiwan Red Cypress(Chamaecyparis formosensis Matsum), Taiwan Yellow Cypress(Chamaecyparis taiwanensis), Luanta Fir(Cunninghamia konishii), Taiwania (Taiwania cryptomerioides), Taiwan Incense Cedar (Calocedrus formosana), Taiwan red pine (Pinus taiwanensis Hayata. ), Armand’s Pine (Pinus armandi), Pseudotsuga wilsoniana Hayata, Chinese Hemlock (Tsuga chinensis Pritz),and Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica). The broad leaved trees are mainly Formosan Alder. (Alnus formosana), Formosan Michelia (Michelia mechlia), Chinese Guger Tree(Schima superb), Stout Camphor Tree(Cinnamomum micranthum), Taiwan Sassafras(Sassafras randaiense), Wheelstamen tree(Trochodendron aralioides.), Reddening Maple (Acer rubescens Hayata), Yushan Rhododendron(Rhododendron Pseudochrysanthum Hay., Taiwan Cherry(Prunus campanulata) and Lauraceae, Fagaceae. Devol’s Balsamine (Impatiens devolii), a rare plant endemic to Taiwan, is only found in the Guanwu area and is growing well. It is the area’s most precious flower.
Devol’s Balsamine(Impatiens devolii)
Devol’s Balsamine
Taiwan Alpine Rhododendron
Taiwan Alpine Rhododendron
Taiwan Red Maple
Taiwan Red Maple
Shei-pa National Park has a large number of wild animals, however, Guanwu was subject to large-scale logging in the past and natural forest is now limited, visitor numbers have also increased and the number of vehicles entering the mountains is increasing all the time, the result being that large mammals are rarely see in the area. Most of the animals seen are birds and insects, like the Formosan Yuhina (Yuhina brunneiceps), White-eared Sibia (Heterophasia auricularis) and the Green backed tit.(Parus monticolus). Most notable is the “national treasure” Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly (Agehana maraho (Shiraki & Sonan)) endemic to Taiwan. The endangered and protected Guanwu salamander[Formosan Salamander (Hynobius formosanus)] is also found in the area. The park headquarters has formulated plans for the active restoration of habitat and species conservation.
Formosan Salamander
Formosan Salamander
Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly
Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly
White-eared Sibia
White-eared Sibia
Last Update Date:2017-03-29
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