Yangmingshan Nature Park, Taiwan

October 1, 2013 by  

Yangmingshan Nature Park, Taiwan, One of the eight national parks in Taiwan, the Yangmingshan National Park ( is located between Taipei City and New Taipei City, Taiwan. The districts that house parts of the park grounds include Taipei’s Beitou and Shilin Districts; and New Taipei’s Wanli, Jinshan, and Sanzhi Districts. During the Japanese occupation era of Taiwan, it was known as Datun National Park (大屯国立公園). The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulfur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snakes and hiking trails, including Taiwan’s tallest inactive volcano, Seven Star Mountain (七星山, 1,120 m).

Yangmingshan was originally called Grass Mountain (草山; Taiwanese: Chháu-soaⁿ) during the Qing Dynasty, in reference to Datun Mountain. Officials during this period were worried about thieves stealing sulfur from the rich sulfur deposits in the area so they would regularly set fire to the mountain. Thus, only grass and not trees could be seen. The first national park was established during the Japanese occupation in 1937.

In 1950, President Chiang Kai-shek, in order to commemorate the Ming Dynasty scholar Wang Yangming renamed the Grass Mountain to Yangmingshan. In 1962, the then Taiwan Provincial Bureau of Public Works began to plan the Yangmingshan National Park. The initial planning area was 28,400 hectares, including Guanyin Mountain and the Datun Volcano Group.

Yangmingshan Nature Park, Taiwan

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