Taiwan Hemlock Forest Nature Trail
Location：at the back of Taipingshan Villa
Total length: 1.3 km
The elevations of Taiwan Hemlock Forest Nature Trail are at 2,000-2,200 m, its total length is 1.3 km and it takes 2 hours for round trip. Its entrance is behind the Virgin Taiwan Cypress Forest Trail. Taiwan Hemlock forest is the transition zone between conifer forest and broadleaf forest. It composed of 4 layers: the highest is a mixed forest of Taiwan Hemlock and false cypress; the second is broadleaf trees like Taiwan Rhododendron; the third is Yushania niitakayamensis; the lowest is Herbaceous plant. Because this area is at high elevation and facing the ocean current which brings in moisture, the trail is shrouded in fogs all year round. It is also the source of drinking water for Taipingshan Villa. The degree of difficulty of this trail is medium, so it is suitable for all ages to experience this high mountain forest trail full of phytoncide.
Taiwan Hemlock Forest Nature Trail is slowly upward and the highest point of it, also the end of it, is a viewing platform. Here, it is the ideal spot for watching sea of clouds and the setting sun. In addition, there are 60-m log cart trail left and two replicas of wooden log cart for visitors to appreciate the ancient logging business.
- Fans Group for Taipingshan