Friday, June 26, 2009

TAIPEI- Yangmingshan National Park 陽明山國家公園

Yang Ming Park is located in the north of Beitou. Yang Ming Shan was called Tsaoshan (Grass Mountain) during Japanese occupation of Taiwan, because it was covered with grass and seldom visited. After World War II, the KMT government renamed the mountain Yang Ming Shan and built a park here. Yang Ming Park is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. It is next to Sha Mao Shan and Chi Hsing Shan with Ta Tun Shan on the right and Kuan Yin Shan in front. The magnificent mountainous scenery and comfortable weather have made Yang Ming Park a perfect summer resort. Total area of the park is 125 hectares, designed in traditional Chinese style. The natural beauty of the part has won it the reputation as urban forest and the Taipei garden.The park is characterized by a large clock made of flowers with a diameter of 22 feet. Water runs around the flower clock and music is played every hour. The clock is the characteristic of Yang Ming Park. Opposite the clock is a statute of late president Chiang Kai Shek; on both sides of the statue are the cypresses planted by president Chiang himself. The Hsin Hai Kuang Fu Lo was completed in 1971, right in the center of the park. In addition, there is a statue of Wang Yang Ming, the famous Chinese scholar in the 17th century.


Traffic Guide
Public:1. Taipei City Bus 260: Taipei Station North Exit-Yangmingshan2. Taipei City Bus 230: Peitou Station-Yangmingshan3. Taipei City Bus 508: Shihlin New Station-Tunshiu Commerical Industrial and Vocational School.4. Taipei City small bus 6: Peitou (Taipei City Bank)-Chingtien Temple5. Taipei City small bus 15: Shinlin (Shihlin Ploice Station)-Chingshan Campsite-Lengshuike6. Royal Bus: Taipei(Gongyuan Rd. NHI-Taipei Building)-Chinshan Route

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