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PARK REPORT

Green Guide of 13.6km - Walami Trail of Yushan National Park

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Looking back on the road of history - Walami TrailBatongguan Traversing Trail Monument gives detailed historical information on the trail construction during the Japanese Occupation Era
If a road has a memory, the story of the Walami trail can be made into a wonderful history. Located in the eastern part of Yushan National Park, the trail is 13.6km in length. Along the trail are clear waterfalls, seasonal forest species, and a variety of insects as well as the pteridophytes path. Taking a walk on the trail with abundant species and greenery, one has to admire infinite respect for the history it represents.
 
Looking back on the road of history
In 1895, the Japanese reached its colonization in Taiwan to the mountains. For effective management, the Japanese government collected the guns Bunun Tribe relied on for living by force. They resisted and blood was shed. In 1915, more serious bloodshed events took place in another two bases. These events drove the Japanese government to build a road through the Central Range for better control of the people.
 
In 1918 construction of Batongguan Traversing Trail was planned. It started from Nantou. It took around 1 year and months and before completion in 1921. Basically built along the contour lines, it was in a good condition and could accommodate a two-wheel vehicle transporting daily necessities.After Bunun Tribe were forced by the Japanese to the plain and retreat of the Japanese in 1945,Batongguan Traversing Trail was gradually deserted.
 
Taken over by Forestry Bureau later, old houses were built into offices and dormitory and road and suspension bridge were renovated. Withdrawal of the Bureau drove the last Bunun family to relocate, too. No one lived here since. Establishment of Yushan National Park in 1985 finally let the road appear in front of people again.
 
The Batongguan Traversing Trail monument on the square in front of the Annan Tourist Center records the start and completion dates, labor, and cost of the eastern section of the road, providing detailed information on the road during the Japanese colonization. Behind Jhuo Le Elementary is Batongguan Traversing monument to remember those who died (a total of 21 of them) during the construction. After the Japanese retreat, these two stones changed hands for 40 years and finally re-appeared in front of people.
Strolling: encounter at the 13.6 corner
A road called to life again from a difficult history, it goes from around 600 meters above sea level and spirals up to Walami at around 1065 meters above sea level. The renovated road is smooth and easy. The national park headquarter and local aborigines also work together to maintain and remodel ancient trails for them to be up and running again.The process goes on.
 
Along the trail one can see the Shanfong station remains, Shanfong Suspension Bridge 1 (beyond which is the Yushan National Park), Shanfong Waterfall, Shanfong Suspension Bridge 2, and so on.
 
Shanfong is the first rest area along the trail and one of bases of the Japanese OccupationEra and also a deforestation area. From here, one can see the cloud in the distance traveling among ridges. Spilornis cheela in the sky, in the front is the suspension bridge above a deep valley. Standing on the stable suspension bridge, one can still feel the trembling. It is refreshing to walk on the bridges with sprinkles from waterfalls.
 
Jiasin gives the best views.One can see curved rivers and vast landscapes of erosion, transported and accumulated. Also one of the Japanese police bases, Kasipanan monument was set up around 1km before Huangma Suspension Bridge 1. Pay attention next time. It tells the history. Heading west and then south, one stops at the clear Huangma River. By the river are white marble stones. At night, one can hear sounds made by wild animals, which seem to declare that Huangma is a paradise for them.
 
The last section of the trail ranges from Huangma Valley to Walami.The temperature gets even more refresher as the elevation rises. To enable adequate rest on the way back, the national park headquarter set up well-equipped solar power-generated ecological lodging so that tired tourists can relax completely.
The Shanfong suspension Bridge. Shanfong is the first rest area on the trailThe area between Shanfong and Walami is filled with a great variety of pteridophytes. Shown here is Selaginella delicatula(Desv.)AlstonThe power-generated ecological lodge on the Walami Trail is well equipped and surrounded by vase views
  • upper left: Looking back on the road of history - Walami Trail / by Ji-Fong Huang
  • upper right: Batongguan Traversing Trail Monument gives detailed historical information on the trail construction during the Japanese Occupation Era / provided by YSNP, taken by Chuang-jhuang Ciou
  • Left to right(lower):
    • The "Kasipanan Incident" monument is located at around 1km before Huangma Suspension Bridge 1. / provided by YSNP, taken by Chuang-jhuang Ciou
    • Shanfong suspension Bridge. Shanfong is the first rest area on the trail. / provided by YSNP, taken by Chuang-jhuang Ciou
    • The area between Shanfong and Walami is filled with a great variety of pteridophytes. Shown here is Selaginella delicatula(Desv.)Alston. / provided by YSNP, taken by Jhong-yi Gao
    • The power-generated ecological lodge on the Walami Trail is well equipped and surrounded by vase views. / provided by YSNP, taken by Chuang-jhuang Ciou

Interview & text / Hsin-hua Lian
Special thanks to / Mr. Jhong-Yi Gao、Mrs Mei-chi Song, Yushan National Park Headquarter and Ms. Bi-siou JIng, Nanan Station.
Translation / James Chang
Photos provider / Yushan National Park Headquarter

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