Xitou Nature Education Area

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Coordinates: 23°40′29.2″N 120°47′48.6″E / 23.674778°N 120.796833°E / 23.674778; 120.796833

Xitou Nature Education Area
Chinese: 溪頭自然教育園區
溪頭自然教育園區 Xitou Natural Education Park - panoramio (1).jpg
Geography
LocationLugu, Nantou County, Taiwan
Elevation1,150 meters
Area2,500 hectares
StatusNature reserve
Established1970

Xitou Nature Education Area or Xitou Bamboo Forest (Chinese: 溪頭自然教育園區; pinyin: Xītóu Zìrán Jiàoyù Yuánqū) is a forest in Lugu Village, Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan.

History[edit]

During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, the forest became the place for practical training by University of Tokyo students. Later after the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China in 1945, the forest was declared a nature reserve and officially named Xitou Nature Education Area in 1970.[1] On 11 September 2016, a 2,800-year old giant tree fell after long heavy rain, injuring three visitors.[2]

Name[edit]

Xitou is derived from a Chinese word with the meaning of the origin of river.

Geography[edit]

The forest is located within a valley of mountain on its three sides and consists of many bamboos. It also has Ginkgo biloba garden. It is located at an average altitude of 1,150 meters above sea level and spans over an area of 2,500 hectares. The highest mountain peak within the forest reaches 2,025 meters above sea level, which is Mount Lingtou. It has a cool climate all year round with average monthly temperature ranges from 11-28°C and average monthly of 16.6°C.[3] The average annual rainfall is 2,635.18 mm.[4]

Ecology[edit]

The forest is home to more than 70 species of bird.

Facilities[edit]

The forest features many hiking trails and pavements, 22.6-meter high and 180-meter long skywalk through canopies and observatory at a height of more than 2,000 meters above sea level. It also provides electric cars rental, shops, Vacation Forest Natural Ecology Exhibition Center, tourist service center, restaurant and hotel.[5]

Activities[edit]

The main objective of the forest is the promotion of natural education of nursing natural ecology. The forest is part of experimental forest belongs to National Taiwan University.[6]

Transportation[edit]

The forest is accessible by bus from Taichung, Caotun Township, Nantou City, Zhushan Township and Douliu City.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Xitou Nature Education Area". RoundTAIWANRound. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ "2800-year-old Divine Tree fell injuring 3". PTS News Network. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ Specer, David (24 November 2017). "Taiwan's Top 10 natural wonders". Taiwan News. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ "About the Nature Education Area". Xitou Nature Education Area. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ Alex (26 May 2015). "Getting back to nature in Xitou". Wanderlex.com. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Xitou Nature Education Area". Taiwan, the Heart of Asia. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Transportation". Xitou Nature Education Area. Retrieved 27 November 2017.