It is again that time of the year when the silver grass along the Caoling Historic Trail is in full bloom, and tourism authorities will provide shuttle buses at three locations from now until Nov. 27 to provide transportation to people who come by train or by bus.
Every Fall the 200-year-old Caoling Historic Trail is flanked by blossoming silver grass on the hills along both sides of the trail. Besides the flowers, the pleasant climate of the season and the scenery along the trail also attract visitors.
"Fall is the blooming season for silver grass. As the grasses sway with the wind and their beautiful tassels wave in the air, it seems that there are silver waves throughout the entire valley. In addition, the clouds and soothing winds here make visitors feel extremely comfortable," the office of the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area said on its website.
In addition, hikers will pass two historic sites along the trail. One is the famed Tiger Inscription. Taiwan Regional Commander Liu Ming-deng visited Caoling in 1867 and was buffeted by strong winds. A Chinese saying states "Clouds obey the dragon, winds obey the tiger." Inspired by this, Liu ordered that a stone bearing the character for "tiger" to be placed there. The other is a huge boulder inscribed with four Chinese characters that states "boldly quell the violent mists." This was also commissioned by Liu that same year.
The scenic area office said the "2016 Caoling Historic Trail: The Season of Silver Grass" festival starts today and will last till Nov. 27. During this time, porridge will be provided at the Dali Tiangong Temple at the foot of the trail near the trail's entrance on the Dali side, and shuttle buses will be provided at the Fulong Visitor Center near the Fulong train station, the Yuanwangkeng (valley) near the entrance on the Gongliao side, and the Dali Visitor Center near the entrance on the Dali side. For more information, please visit http://www.necoast-nsa.gov.tw/user/main.aspx?lang=2
The organizers of the festival will also hold a prize drawing to encourage people to visit this trail. Visitors can get a prize drawing ticket at the Fulong Visitor Center or the Dali Visitor Center, collect the stamps from both centers, and drop the tickets into a drawing box at either center. The first prize is a 50-inch LED display, representatives of the scenic area said.