Shei-Pa National Park

  • 09 June, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Curious John

Taiwan is an island that straddles the Tropic of Cancer, a place that is generally used to hot, sultry weather. But, at the high elevations of its center, things are a little different. In the central mountains, leaves change color in the fall, snow caps the peaks in winter, and cool weather continues even as summer bears down on the plains below. A large patch of these highlands is taken up by Shei-Pa National Park, a dazzling area that takes in both lower foothills and higher alpine landscapes. The highest points here soar more than 3000 meters above sea level. This park is well-loved by Taiwanese tourists, especially hikers, but it is more than just a place for recreation. It is also a preserve set aside for a wide range of plants and animals, and a center of serious efforts to conserve Taiwan’s wildlife. Here to introduce Shei-Pa National Park and take our minds off the Taipei heat for awhile is the park’s deputy director, Cheng Jui-chang.