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Members of the Public are Urged to Comply with National Park Admission Rules and Strengthen their Awareness and Management towards Hiking Safety

Before embarking on hiking and mountaineering activities, members of the public should enhance their awareness of the risks, collect the necessary information, undergo any necessary training prior to the trip, prepare suitable equipment, and familiarize themselves with the etiquette and rules. Hikers can make use of the websites of government agencies such as the National Park and the Central Weather Bureau to find out the latest information on road conditions and weather. Members of the public must observe and abide by three levels of weather checks. Do not continue to head up a mountain if there is bad weather; instead, clearly decide when it will be necessary to turn back in order to avoid becoming trapped in the mountains.

According to data from the Construction and Planning Agency, 18,554 people were permitted to enter the core conservation areas of alpine-type national parks from January to August, representing an increase of 37.27% compared to the same period last year; furthermore, there have been 113 accidents, representing an increase of 56.94% as compared to the corresponding period of last year. The accidents were mainly due to fatigue, getting lost, or injuries. They are usually presumed to be the result of inexperienced and unprepared hikers.

Based on the principles of openness, transparency, service, education, and accountability, the Construction and Planning Agency will enhance its services and also step up its supervision and corrections towards non-conforming visitors. Hikers are requested to follow mountain lodge etiquette and mountain entry regulations to create a high-quality hiking culture in Taiwan.

 

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