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One of the Must-Visit Places in the World: Taroko National Park’s Baiyang Trail Wins the “Taiwan Landscape Architecture Award – Eco-Friendly Special Award”

The Taiwan Landscape Architecture Award organized by Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects receives public entries for 7 award categories. Its main purpose is to give recognition to landscape architecture in Taiwan that have contributed to society and the country, and to promote landscape architecture and help them enter international landscape design competitions. The Taroko National Park Headquarters submitted Baiyang Trail as an entry for the competition. In the two assessment stages, which were the evaluation of written references and on-site inspection by experts, Baiyang Trail stood out amongst other entries and won the eco-friendly special award for the Recreation Award category in the 6th Taiwan Landscape Architecture Award. Winning this award has given recognition to the efforts made by all the staff at Taroko National Park Headquarters.

Winning this award has given recognition to the efforts made by all the staff at Taroko National Park Headquarters.
Winning this award has given recognition to the efforts
made by all the staff at Taroko National Park Headquarters.

The Baiyang Trail is wide and flat, and has been popular among various age groups for many years. In addition to the deeply-impressive iconic sights, including Baiyang Waterfall, Shuiliandong Water Curtain, and the rapids in the gorge, the vegetation along the trail also features pioneer plants (plants which are the first to colonize the place) such as mountain cinnamon trees, camphor trees, green maple, and Taiwan loquat. One may also catch the sight of species endemic to Taiwan, including the Taroko oak, and mammals such as the Formosan rock macaque, Formosan serow, and Formosan Reeve's muntjac.

 

The Baiyang Trail has been popular among various age groups for many years.
The Baiyang Trail has been
popular among various age groups for many years.
People can appreciate Baiyang Waterfall and Shuiliandong Water Curtain at the Viewing platform
People can appreciate Baiyang Waterfall and
Shuiliandong Water Curtain at the Viewing platform

However, due to the steep slope in the entrance tunnel, it was difficult for Baiyang Trail to meet today's disabled-accessible trail standards. Upholding the original intention of being considerate of visitors with limited mobility, the Taroko National Park Headquarters specially designed the first 0.95 kilometers of the trail into a visitor-friendly path. Applying the concepts of great design projects from Taiwan and overseas, the concrete pavement was made to be parallel to the surface of the general paths, allowing people with strollers and wheel chairs to visit. This also satisfies the needs of different types of visitors.

Furthermore, groundwater passes through several spots inside the Baiyang Trail entrance tunnel, making it easy for the road to become wet and slippering. To address safety concerns, special measures such as installing catch drains and drainage systems have been implemented to prevent slips. There are 8 tunnels throughout the entire trail. To facilitate safe passage for visitors, handrails are installed in numerous spots of the tunnels. In some tunnels, solar-powered tap-lights are thoughtfully installed at areas where the tunnel curves. The tap-light design, which replaces all-day lighting, greatly reduces disturbance to the bats inhabiting the tunnels.

Also, to give the public a deeper understanding of the place’s historical evolution and ecological background, distance markers are installed every 100 meters along the trail, and 14 informational and educational signs are installed along the path between Baiyang Trail’s entrance and Shuiliandong Water Curtain. There are QR codes that open up detailed informational videos when scanned by a phone. Digitizing information enriches the content, allowing visitors to remember their trip’s interesting elements in physical and virtual ways. This creates more diverse and lively imaginations stemming from the ecological trail.

 

Applying the concepts of great design projects from Taiwan and overseas, the concrete pavement was made to be parallel to the surface of the general paths, allowing people with strollers and wheel chairs to visit.
Applying the concepts of great design projects
from Taiwan and overseas, the concrete pavement
was made to be parallel to the surface of the general paths,
allowing people with strollers and wheel chairs to visit.
the Taroko National Park Headquarters specially designed the first 0.95 kilometers of the trail into a visitor-friendly path.
the Taroko National Park Headquarters specially
designed the first 0.95 kilometers of the trail into
a visitor-friendly path.
To address safety concerns, special measures such as installing catch drains and drainage systems have been implemented to prevent slips.
To address safety concerns, special measures such as
installing catch drains and drainage systems have been
implemented to prevent slips.
In some tunnels, solar-powered tap-lights are thoughtfully installed at areas where the tunnel curves.
In some tunnels, solar-powered tap-lights are
thoughtfully installed at areas where the tunnel curves.
There are QR codes that open up detailed informational videos when scanned by a phone. Digitizing information enriches the content, allowing visitors to remember their trip’s interesting elements in physical and virtual ways.
There are QR codes that open up detailed informational
videos when scanned by a phone. Digitizing information
enriches the content, allowing visitors to remember their
trip’s interesting elements in physical and virtual ways.

 

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