December 6th, 2011, held the inauguration of the Shoushan National Nature Park, the first to be established entirely by the efforts of the civilian conservation groups, marking a new page in the history of Taiwan’s biological conservation and environmental education.The elevation of the status of the Shoushan Park into National Park level was the dream of Den-Yi Wu, former Mayor of Kaohsiung and current Premier of the R.O.C. In the October of 2009, during his survey of the disaster damage in Southern Taiwan, Mayor Chen Chu also requested the transformation of Shoushan into a national park. The CPAMI immediately began the work of site surveying, evaluation and planning for the national Nature park.
The Cigu Lagoon is the remnant of the waters of Taijiang, which provides a habitat for thriving tidal flat plants such as mangroves, sea purslane and algae, as well as mudskipper, fiddler crabs and water birds. Each year, tens of thousands of migratory birds pass through here; even endangered species such as black faced spoonbills visit Cigu to take shelter from the winter!
Taiwan has a mountainous terrain, with 76 mountains 3,000 m and higher above sea level distributed in its national parks. Taiwan is also adorned with various rugged landscapes like volcanic terrains, glacial remains and magnificent canyons. In recent years the famous mountains around Taiwan have become popular spots for outdoor excursions. Yangmingshan, Guanwushan and Daishueishan are mountains close to urban centers, easily accessible during weekends. However, the increasing popularity of mountain sports also means that similar attention must be paid to raising people’s basic knowledge of mountain climbing and safety management.
Penghu is formed by a number of islands and islets. Aside from the Huaping Isle on the most western part of Penghu, each island and islet is home to famed basaltic rock and volcanic geological environment. These include sea caves, sea trenches, wave-cut platform, marine stack and others, forming Penghu’s magnificent geological ecosystem and nurturing abundant undersea resources.
Aborigines are a group of race that has long resided in Taiwan before the Han Chinese immigrated here. The movie “Seediq Bale” describes the Japanese colonization era in 1930s. Dissatisfied with the repression of the Japanese and their “Ruling Indigene” Policy, Mona Rudao, tribal leader of Maheposhe Seediq tribe, leads his tribe to war in the “Wushe Incident.” Recently, this movie further induced a trend that led fans of the movie to step onto the aborigine path of which the Japanese troops had once conquered.