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Introduction to the recreation area
Location:
The terrain of the Wuling Recreation Area is mainly river valley and alluvial river terrace formed by the convergence of Qijiawan River, Taoshan west Stream, Taoshan north Stream and Gaoshan Creek. A long narrow gorge with four levels of terrace has been cut between Mt. Xue and Luoyewei mountain , while the Mt. Luoyewei mountain side of the river is a steep rock wall.

The main road Wuling Road snakes along Qijiawan River. Relax and drive slowly as Mt.Tao comes ever closer. The scenery changes as you travel along the road and is full of surprises bringing to mind this line of classic Chinese poetry: “Then out of the shade of the willows, came bright flowers and another village.”(from “Touring Shanxi village” by Lu You)
Sakura of Wuling
Sakura of Wuling
Qijiawan River
Qijiawan River
Qijiawan River-Taoshan west Stream
Qijiawan River
-Taoshan west Stream
Flora:
272 species of flower in 180 genera and 87 families have been recorded in the Wuling area, including 19 rare species. The area has various types of forest, including fruit orchards, coniferous reforested areas, mixed coniferous and broad leaved forest and original growth broad- leaved forest. Along Yansheng Waterfall at the end of Wuling Road there is a large reforested area covered with line after line of Lunta firs and Taiwania. The forest has a solemn and peaceful atmosphere and also cools down passing walkers.

The banks of the Qijiawan River nearby are covered by wild vegetation. In addition to tall Taiwan red pine (Pinus taiwanensis Hayata), Taiwan Hemlock (Tsuga chinensis) and Taiwan Douglad fir (Pseudotsuga wilsoniana Hayata) that stand alone, Formosan Alder. (Alnus formosana),Taiwan red maple (Acer rubescens Hayata), Formosan Sweet Gums (Liquidambar formosana Liquidambar formosana), Formosan Sweet Gums(Liquidambar formosana Liquidambar formosana),Taiwan Cherry (Prunus campanulata), Juglans cathayensis Dode, Green Maple (Acer serrulatum),Taiwan Loquat. (Eriobotrya deflexa (Hemsl)Nakai.)、Ring-cupped Oak (Quercus glauca Thunb. ex Murray)、Cork Oak (Quercus variabilis Blume) , dominant and important red leaf or fruit plants can also be seen. In autumn, the different plants turn Wuling into a sea of red and yellow, creating a beautiful scene.

The cultivated plants of Wuling are also one of its main features. These are mainly in Wuling Farm and along Wuling Road. The numerous plum blossom, cherry blossom and peach blossom bloom January to April every year and decorate the whole area with the colors of spring, painting a picturesque scene.

The blossoming times are provided below, however, the actual blossoming time depends on the weather each year so these times are provided for reference only. In fact, apart from the artificially planted ornamental plants and fruit trees that bloom early in the year, Wuling’s medium elevation means it has a variety of native plants that bloom throughout the year, so it is worth visiting in different seasons because each season offers different scenery to enjoy.
The blossoming time of the main flowers of Wuling and scenic features by month
(Every year blooming times are different because of the weather. To find out about the actual situation please telephone Wuling farm or Wuling Visitor Center)
Month Flowers
Jan. Plum blossom
Feb. Plum blossom, Taiwan cherry
Mar. Taiwan Cherry, Taiwan bridal wreath spiraea, various wild flowers
Apr. Peach blossom, plum blossom, apple blossom, Chinese wistaria, Paulownia
May Chinese wisteria, Rhododendron noriakianum T. Suzuki.,Yushan rhododendron (Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum Hayata)
Jun. Red-hairy Rhododendron, Yushan rhododendron
Jult Red-hairy Rhododendron
Aug. Day lily
Sep. Garden Cosmos
Oct. Garden Cosmos (Formosan Landlocked Salmon mating season)
Nov. Red maple (Formosan Landlocked Salmon mating season)
Dec. Red maple、wintersweet、gingko tree and various Fagales
Red-hairy Rhododendron
Red-hairy Rhododendron
Taiwan walnut
Taiwan walnut
Taiwan bridal wreath spiraea
Taiwan bridal wreath spiraea
Fauna:
The best known animal of the Wuling area is the Formosan landlocked Salmon and many visitors come from far away to see this famous fish. However, many visitors find that the salmon are not so willing to show themselves when they try to spot them from the fish viewing platform or the suspension bridge,

However, if you go to the visitor center or the Formosan landlocked salmon eco-center you can find information and watch films about the salmon, so you won’t go away empty handed.

October is the best month to see wild salmon as the breeding instinct makes the fish forget the watching people. The red bodies of the males can be seen chasing each other across the surface of the water in the hope of winning the favor of a female.

In addition to this rare species of salmon, Wuling has a variety of animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and large insects.

A wide variety of birds are found in the Wuling area. 91 species of birds from 26 families, residents and migratory birds of all shapes and sizes, can be seen, making Wuling a bird watcher’s paradise and this is one of its most attractive features. Formosan Yuhina (Yuhina brunneiceps), Steere's Liocichla (Liocichla steerii)、Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus) and Red-headed Tree Babbler (Stachyris ruficeps) can easily be seen on Changbu Birdwatching Trail, however Yansheng Waterfall Trail has the most bird species, with 64 recorded there. Commonly seen birds include Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Flamecrest. (Regulus goodfellowi), White's Ground Thrush (Zoothera dauma) and Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus.) On the riverbank you can see brown dippers, plumbeous water redstarts and little forktails.There are also five species of amphibian in three families: central Formosan toad (Bufo bankorensis), Eiffinger's treefrog. (Chirixalus eiffingeri), Moltrechtis Green Tree Frog (Rhacophorus moltrechti Boulenger), 、Sauter's brown frog (Rana sauteri Boulenger) and Swinhoe's Frog ( Rana narina swinhoana). Formosan salamander live in the Wuling area but numbers are small. There are four species of lizard in three families, including the endemic Short-legged Japalura, however numbers are quite small.13 species of snake in three families have been recorded, with Red banded snake the most numerous, followed by the beautiful brightly colored Mandarin Rat Snake and Asian Tiger Snake and other high elevation snakes. The number of species and the snake population are both small. They are sometimes encountered at the roadside. Don’t worry, they will not attack without provocation so all that is needed is to give them a wide berth.

Also,Wuling has some very distinctive insects. As well as large insects, a wide variety of butterflies, 111 species in all, can be seen. Most can be seen near Wuling Guesthouse and along the trail. From early summer to early autumn a large number of butterflies can be seen amongst the flowers. You may be treated to the sight Highland red belly swallowtails (Atrophaneura horishana) and the Common windmill (Byasa polyeuctes termessus) flying through the air.

Wuling is not just lovely by day, it is also splendid at night. The calls of numerous flying squirrels and the hoots of a distant owl, and occasionally the doglike bark coming from the river valley of a Chinese muntjac山羌, can be heard. If you are lucky you may see one at the road or drinking from the river.
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Scaly Thrush
Scaly Thrush
Little Forktail
Little Forktail
 
Last Update Date:2017-03-29
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