Shei-Pa National Park (Part Two)

  • 16 June, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Curious John

High in Taiwan’s central mountains, in Shei-Pa National Park, the air is crisp and the changing of the seasons is clear. The park’s cool, rugged landscape can feel a world apart from the hot, low plains below. Here, with the fall foliage and winter snows, you can easily forget you’re not too far from the Tropic of Cancer. But, with elevations that in many spots break 3000 meters above sea level, the park is often cool even on the hottest days of summer. Last week, we introduced this park with the help of its deputy director, Cheng Jui-chang. We heard about the park’s origins and the dizzying scale of the peaks at its center. We also got a taste of recreation in the park- the hiking and the scenic spots. But we haven’t yet heard about some of the park’s greatest treasures- the cultures indigenous to the area and the park’s flora and fauna. We haven’t heard either about the park’s conservation work- one of the key jobs the park has. Mr. Cheng joins us once again this week to fill us in on these important sides of the park.