List of national parks in Taiwan

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The National Park Law of the Republic of China, commonly known as "Taiwan", was passed in 1972 to protect the nature, wildlife, and history in its current jurisdiction.[1] The total area of current nine national parks is 7,489.49 square kilometres (2,891.71 sq mi).[2] The 3,103.76-square-kilometre (1,198.37 sq mi) total land area constitutes around 8.6% of the entire land area of the republic.

A National Park should not be confused with a National Scenic Area: the latter fall within the control of the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of the Republic of China, while National Parks fall within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of China.[3] The philosophies that govern the development of the two types of areas differ. For a National Park, the emphasis is on the preservation of natural and cultural resources, and development for human utilization is definitely a secondary priority.[3]

Current National Parks[edit]

The following is a list of the National Parks of the Republic of China:

Name Area Year established Description Photo
Kenting National Park 7002332900000000000332.90 km2 (82,261.4 acres), 180.84 km2 of land, and 152.06 km2 water 1984 Located on the southern tip of Taiwan, it is also the oldest national park on the Taiwan (Pingtung County), Kenting is famous for its tropical coral reef and migratory birds. Kenting-beach.jpg
Yushan National Park 70031031210000000001,031.21 km2 (254,817.5 acres) 1985 The largest national park in Taiwan, located on the central part of the island. it contains Jade Mountain (Yushan literally means "Jade Mountain", 3952 m) which is the highest peak in East Asia. Mount Yu Shan - Taiwan.jpg
Yangmingshan National Park 7002113380000000000113.38 km2 (28,016.8 acres) 1985 The northernmost national park on the island of Taiwan; it has a volcanic landform. Yangminshan is famous for its hotsprings and geothermal phenomenon. Each spring, Yangminshan also have a dazzling flower season. It is partially in Taipei City and partially in New Taipei City. Xiao You Keng Fumarole.jpg
Taroko National Park 7002920000000000000920 km2 (227,337.0 acres) 1986 A magnificent marble gorge cut by Li-Wu River, creating one of the most astounding landscape in the world. It is also the home of the indigenous Truku people. Taroko is located in eastern Taiwan. Taiwan 2009 HuaLien Taroko Gorge Biking PB160057.jpg
Shei-Pa National Park 7002768500000000000768.5 km2 (189,900.5 acres) 1992 Located in the central northern part of Taiwan island, in Hsinchu County and Miaoli County. It is the home of Xueshan, or Snow Mountain, Taiwan and East Asia's second tallest mountain, and of Dabajian Mountain and the Holy Ridge. TheHolyRidgeline.jpg
Kinmen National Park 700135290000000000035.29 km2 (8,720.3 acres) 1995 Due to its proximity to Mainland China, there are historical battlefields in Kinmen. It is also famous for its wetland ecosystem and its traditional Fujian buildings that dated back to the Ming Dynasty. It is not located on Taiwan Island, but instead on an island just off the coast of Mainland China. Wuwangzaiju.JPG
Dongsha Atoll National Park 70033536680000000003,536.68 km2 (873,932.7 acres), including 1.79 km2 of land 2007 The first oceanic National Park. It houses about 72 species of endemic plants,and 125 species of insects. Like Kinmen National Park, it is not located on Taiwan Island. Because strict protection is being taken on Dongsha, it is currently not open to public tourism.
Taijiang National Park 7002393100000000000393.1 km2 (97,137.1 acres), 49.05 km2 of land, and 344.05 km2 water 2009 Located in southwest Taiwan on the coast of Tainan. The park's tidal landscape is one of its most distinctive features. Around 200 years ago, a large part of the park was part of the Taijiang Inland Sea. There is a rich variety of marine life, including 205 species of shellfish, 240 species of fish and 49 crab species that thrive on the marshes of southern Taiwan. Sihcao Green Tunnel of Mangroves.JPG
South Penghu Marine National Park 7002358440000000000358.44 km2 (88,572.5 acres), including 3.70 km2 of land 2014 Located in the south of Penghu. The seas feature large clusters of Acropora coral and a diversity of fish and shells living among the reefs. The islets are also known for magnificent basalt terrains and unique low-roofed houses built by early inhabitants with coral stone and basalt.[4]

National Parks in Taiwan under Japanese rule[edit]

In 1937, while Taiwan was under Japanese rule from 1895 to 1945, the Governor-General of Taiwan Kobayashi Seizo designated three National Parks on the island:

The administration of these National Parks was no longer in force when Japan withdrew from Taiwan in 1945 after World War II.

Proposed National Parks[edit]

Three other national parks were proposed but the plans of formation were halted due to opposition:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference on Act Title from Kinmen Park website
  2. ^ 各國家公園基本資料表 (PDF) (in Chinese). Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C.(Taiwan). June 6, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Taiwan's National Scenic Areas: Balancing Preservation and Recreation". Academia Sinica. 1995-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Beauty of south Penghu islets on display at new national park". Central News Agency. October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 

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