The History of Taiwan's National Parks

  • 15 July, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

Taiwan is a small place blessed with a huge variety of landscapes. In a relatively tight space, you can find deep snowy mountains and alpine forests alongside rocky ravines, swampy coastal marsh, and warm, sunny beaches. The scattered islands governed from Taiwan are small but varied too, set amid both brisk marine climates and high seas as well as languid, tropical waters rich with tropical marine life. Through its recorded history, Taiwan’s beauty has never been much of a secret. The old European name for the island, Formosa- we’re constantly told- means beautiful in Portuguese, a sign that outsiders admired this beauty even centuries ago. But the ideas of national parks and conservation didn’t emerge in Taiwan until the early 20th century. Today, we’re taking a look at how Taiwan got its national parks.