Sheipa National Park
The Sheipa National Park has an area of 76,850 acres, it was established in 1992, beautiful and fascinating land with high mountains, deep valleys, and rough hills. It's Taiwan's 3rd mountain-type national park. There're 51 mountains at higher than 3,000 meters altitude; the 19 of them listed into Taiwan's top 100 mountains are the best of the best resources in the Hsueh Mountain (Hsuehshan) Range and the supply of Dajia River (Dajiaxi) and Daan River (Daanxi) river systems. The park bears the responsibilities of protecting special species, watersheds, forest ecosystems, and biological diversity. There's a variety of terrains inside the park, including Xueshan cirque, Daba Peaks Trail, Buxiulan cliff, Pintian Mountain (Pintianshan) folding terrain, stalactite, etc. The extraordinary scenery makes people hugely impressed. Also, the rare plants, Draba Sekiyana Ohwi, that has grown through the geological times as well as the critically endangered animals, such as Salmon Formosanus (Oncorhynchus masou formosanus) and Papillo Maraho, they have made the area more attractive and reveled the secrets of nature. The series mountains connecting each other with low accessibility is the leisure signature of the Sheipa National Park. Therefore, it's possible to well keep the primitive appearance of nature without human disturbance. In the park, there're 3 tourist's centers as the entrances, Wuling, Guanwu, and Xuejian, which provide each kind of leisure information and guide tour service. They are the great start points for the visitors before entering the park. Xueshan Range is Taiwan's 2nd largest mountain; it and the Central Mountain were formed 5 million ago by orogenic movement; they were the sedimentary rock deposited from the Eurasian Plate. The ecological landscapes of the Sheipa National Park are mainly distributed in the Xue Mountain (Xueshan), which is most famous for the highest peak Xue Mountain (Xueshan) and Dabajian Mountain (Dabajianshan). Xue Mountain (Xueshan) is Taiwan's 2nd highest peak at the altitude of 3,886 meters. As to the Dabajian Mountain (Dabajianshan) at the altitude of 3,492 meters with its unique mountain shape got the name of Century Strange Peak. The distance from Xue Mountain (Xueshan) to Dabajian Mountain (Dabajianshan) is more than a dozen kilometers full of ups and downs and stunningly magnificent scenery, the abundant landscapes of geologic terrains are called "Holy Ridgeline" in the world of the mountain. The Holy Ridgeline and the four famous mountains in the Wuling area appear versatile weathers and landscapes with flourishing plants and animals. The well-organized trail systems in the park become the best mountain climbing and leisure touring routes for natural experience and environmental education. The unique landscapes include Xueshan cirque, Cuichi pond, Pintianshan folding terrain, Sumida cliff, Wuling river terrace, meander core around the mountain, meander, etc. The Holy Ridgeline standing towering in an array looks like a king overlooking at somewhere in a far distance with the background melody of Atayal Tribal songs in the rarefied air. The weather in the high-mountain Sheipa National Park is always cooling all year round. Guanwu, at the northwest corner, with a unique high-mountain terrain is always surrounded by cloud and fog, it's like a fairyland free from vulgarity. When overlooking at the Holy Ridgeline from the Leshan Forest Trail, people can see the falling sunlight with the soft and beautiful curves. As to Wuling, there're beautiful Taiwan Cherry and plum blossoms in spring, Aix Galericulata and Atrophaneura Hoishana everywhere in summer over the green water and under the blue sky; in fall, it's the reproductive period of Salmon Formosanus (Oncorhynchus masou formosanus), which are under rehabilitation; the lovely ancient fish species has a plain body with yellow-black spots, swimming in the freezingly cool Qijiawan River (Qijiawanxi), the species is a living record since the Ice Age. Including beautiful mountain groups, rarely seen terrain, abundant plant groups, the habitat of the national treasure fish, these are the most precious and attraction of the Sheipa National Park.