A world-class bird watching paradise – Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area
Covering a large elevation span, Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area provides an excellent habitation environment which comprises a wide variety of vegetation for wildlife. The inclusion of more than two hundred Formosan bird species from lower altitudes to intermediate and higher altitudes has made Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area a world-class resort for bird watching.
Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area, the former Dasyueshan Forest Station, is just a one hour’s drive from Dongshi District, Taichung City. Rich in forest resources, the park, which is situated in the prime area of Taiwan’s indigenous forest, varies in altitude and presents diverse appearances of the four forest types from the subtropical zone, the temperate zone to the frigid zone. The natural landscapes include primeval forests, sacred trees, Sky pond(Tianchi), cloud sea, sundown and sunset glow. Trails which allow visitors to take a forest bath are also set up. Among them, areas around Xiaoshenmu (small sacred tree) trail and Ski road trail still feature virgin giant cypress trees, providing one of the most breathtaking views in Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area. As for the more than 1400-year-old giant tree that stands about 50m tall on the must-visit Syneshan giant tree trail, it is ranked as the 11th largest giant tree in Taiwan.
Wild animals are the most valuable treasures of Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area. Whereas Formosan Reeve's muntjac, Formosan serow and White-faced flying squirrel, also known as “the three treasures of Dasyueshan”, are commonly seen at night, the mountain birds such as Mikado pheasant, Swinhoe's pheasant and Taiwan yuhina will appear and take over the shift during the day. Try to walk slowly and quietly in the daytime and at night to come across the indigenous fauna inside the park. This is the feature of Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area that impresses us the most.