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Yushan National Park - Meishan Visitor Center

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  • Yushan National Park
  • Snow-covered Yushan
  • Overlooking Yushan National Park
  • The main peak of Yushan
  • Tian Pond (Tianchi) and Kuaigu
  • Guan Mountain (Guanshan) and Yakou
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Yushan is the centerpiece of Yushan National Park, which covers a total of 105,490 hectares including large sections of the Central Mountain Range. The park encompasses a variety of habitats ranging from broadleaf forest at lower altitudes to mixed forest, coniferous forest, bamboo, and finally, at the highest elevations, waist-high arrow bamboo, clumps of conifers, and bare rocky outcrops. Flowers include azaleas, which abound in spring, and a wide variety of colorful alpine blossoms. The park is home to a large variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies. In the past, many of these species became endangered due to over-hunting; but with the establishment of Yushan National Park, they are gradually making a comeback. Larger mammals such as the black bear, sambar deer, Taiwan macaque, and serows (a type of goat antelope) can sometimes be seen, and their call is often heard.

Yushan Tian Pond (Tianchi) and Kuaigu
Tian Pond (Tianchi) marks the midpoint of the Southern Cross-Island Highway. At Tian Pond (Tianchi) you can visit a shrine, which was built to commemorate the veterans and workers who died building the highway. From here you have also splendid views of Yushan South Peak and the southern part of the Central Mountain Range. About 6 kilometers from the shrine along the highway you will come to a place called Kuaigu, one of the most important natural forests along the Southern Cross-Island Highway.

Guan Mountain (Guanshan) and Yakou
At the highest spot of the Southern Cross-Island Highway (2,700 meters), at the border of Kaohsiung City and Taitung County, is Daguan Mountain (Daguanshan) Tunnel, which is 600 meters in length. At the eastern end of the tunnel is Yakou, from where you have a nice view on the large Guan Mountain (Guanshan) cliff in the distance.


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