Yushan National Park
Yushan National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the summit Yushan, the highest peak of the park. The Park covers a total of 103,121 hectares including large sections of the Central Mountain Range. The Park contains over thirty peaks more than 3,000 meters in elevation, and two-thirds of the area within the park is above 2,000 meters. The elevation difference in the park is 3,600 meters, and there are many canyons, cliffs, and valleys.
Prehistoric relics, such as stone tools and pottery, found in the Wangshiang and Dongpu areas, provide evidence of early human occupation. The Bunun, an aboriginal tribe, presently inhabits the villages of Dongpu and Meishan . They emigrated from the coastal plains to the mountains some 300 years ago. Another tribal people, Tsou, who live in the west of the park, have been largely assimilated by the Bunun. Displacement of aboriginals by settlers occurred during the Qing Dynasty with the construction of the 100-km Patung-kuan Historical Trail (Batongguan Historic Trail; in 1874 for defense purposes. Some stone steps, walls and guard-posts are the remains from that past.
Photo by Yang An Shen