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Qilan Forest Recreation Area

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  • Ancient trees in the Qilan Forest Recreation Area
  • 1,470 altitude sign of Qilan Forest Recreation Area
  • Qilan Forest Recreation Area
  • Beautiful forest in the Qilan Forest Recreation Area

The Qilan Forest Recreation Area is located about 38 kilometers up the Northern Cross-Island Highway, at the intersection with the highway's Li Mountain (Lishan) Branch. There is a terraced nursery here for cryptomeria trees, a cottage once used by the late President Chang Kai-shek, a forest foot-path, and a little Tarzan forest playground. Qilan Villa provides accommodation in hotel rooms as well as wood cottages. In its restaurant, the specialty of the house is the locally grown monkey-head mush-room.

This area, surrounded by primeval forest at the 12-kilometer mark of the Qilan Forestry Road, features 51 huge red cypress and Japan cypress trees thousands of years old. Each of the 51 is named after a famous personage from Chinese history, chosen because its age approximates the time when the historical figure lived. One, of course, is named for Confucius, who lived over 2,000 years ago. This linkage with history makes a visit to the Chinese Historic Men Arboretum educational as well as fun.

A Tour of the Ancient Forest
Tours are arranged by, and depart from, the Qilan and Mingchi (Mingchih) forest recreation areas and go to the Chinese Historic Men Arboretum, the natural cypress forest renewal area, and the Forestry By-Products Center.

Travel Information

(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)

Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Yilan Interchange → County Hwy 192 → Prov. Hwy 9 → Prov. Hwy 7 → Prov. Hwy 7A → Qilan Forest Recreation Area

  1. Take the train to Yilan or Luodong Railway Station, continue by Guo-Guang (Kuo-Kuang) Bus bound for Li Mountain (Lishan) or Nan Mountain (Nanshan), get off at Tuchang stop.
  2. Taiping Mountain (Taipingshan), get off at Baitao Bridge stop. (only run on holidays)
Last update time: 2019-03-05

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