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Xuejian Recreation Area
Is the end section of Simaxian Forest Road (23.7k to 30k)open to vehicles and cycles?
The end part of Simaxian Forest Road after the visitor center (23.7k to Beikeng Trail trailhead approximately at the 30k marker) is in poor condition and the road foundation is unstable making is susceptible to collapse after heavy rain. The road foundation has collapsed in many places and road is also narrow, making passing other vehicles difficult. For the sake of visitor safety and to improve eco-tourism quality, this section of road will be mainly for pedestrians, with rescue and official vehicles the only vehicles allowed.

As for cycles, because the weather and road situation in this area are very changeable for the sake of the safety of cyclists they are asked to pay attention to their bike’s condition and wear appropriate protective gear before entering. In the event of bad weather or road collapse the Xuejian Service Station reserves the right to prohibit the entry of cyclists.
What distinctive resources does the Xuejian area have?
Xuejian Recreation area has an elevation of 1870 meters, enjoying spectacular views of Mt. Xue’s Holy Ridge. In winter the snow covered mountain tops fully reflect why Xuejian (see snow) is called this name.In contrast to Shei-pa’s other two recreation areas Guanwu and Wuling, the forest in the Xuejian area is mainly broad-leaved forest, making it a richer source of food for wild animals. Formosan black bear, Formosan serow and Formosan macaque live in the area; if you encounter a shy Reeves's Muntjac on a trail or see a Swinhoe's pheasant emerge from the fog as it searches for food, don’t get too excited to avoid scaring them. The area was called “Buan Para” by Atayal aborigines in the past, meaning “the place to wait to hunt Reeves's Muntjac” showing that in times gone by deer were numerous here.

The area is rich in natural resources and in the past the Atayal farmed and hunted in the area. In the Japanese Colonial era, to exploit these resources, the Japanese built Beikeng River Historic Trail, along which 10 police stations were established to allow the local residents to be controlled. At one time over 500 Atayal lived near Xuejian police station. After the passage of decades most of the Atayal have relocated but their unique customs and traditions remain one of Xuejian’s important cultural assets.
What formalities need to be completed before visiting Xuejian Recreation Area (mountain permit, park permit)?
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At present the Xuejian area is divided into the recreation area (Xuejian) and ordinary restricted area (Mt. Beikeng, Mt Dongxishui and Simaxian Forest Road etc) and visitors do not need a park entry permit to enter these areas. However, to enter the restricted mountain areas visitors must first apply for a mountain permit at a local police station (Shei-pa National Park Police Corps, Dahu Police Station, Zhongxing Inspection Post, Da-an Police Station, Xiangbi Police Station and Meiyuan Police Station).
 

2. Part of Beikeng River Historic Trail is in Mt. Jiaren Ecological Protected Area (Shu Saddle to the northern entrance of the trail-Dalu Forest Road west) and a park permit is required to enter. Beikeng River Historic Trail was damaged by Typhoon Aere and parts collapsed and remain impassable. Until the trail is repaired it remains closed to visitors.
What are the transportation routes to the Xuejian Recreation Area?
Transportation routes to the Xuejian Recreation Area:
1. From the Miaoli and Dahu areas:Vehicles from the north should exit National Highway 1 at Miaoli Interchange and take No 72 Expressway or Provincial Highway 6 or 3 past Wenshui Shei-pa National Park’s Headquarters, through Dahu, then take Miaoli Road 61 past Zhongxing Intersection post, then take Simaxian Forest Road and enter Xuejian Recreation Area via Erbensong. The route is about 35 kilometers long and takes about 1.5 hours.
2. From the Dongshi and Zhuolan areas:Travelers from the central and southern areas can take Provincial Highway 3 to Dongshi,Taichung County and then take Taichung No. 47 Road, or take Miaoli No. 58 Road from Zhuolan Township to Taichung No. 47 Road (or Provincial Highway 3 to Zhuolan Duankou at Zhuolan Bridge, take the river bank temporary road in the direction of Zhuolan Canyon, then join Taichung County No 47 Road after Baibufa Bridge) and proceed through Daguan and Taoshan Village (Xueshankeng) into Tai-an Township, passing through Yongan and Da-an, then over Meixiang Bridge and through Meiyuan and Tiangou, then taking Simaxian Forest Road and passing Erbensong before reaching Xuejian Recreation Area. The route is about 45 kilometers long and takes about two hours.
Last Update Date:2017-06-01
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