Applications for participating in Taiwan's Tefuye trail working holiday begin

Taiwan’s Chiayi Forest District Office is organizing a three-day working holiday activity to restore Alishan Tefuye Historical Trail, with only 30 pos

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Taiwan’s Chiayi Forest District Office is organizing a three-day working holiday activity to restore Alishan Tefuye Historical Trail (特富野古道), with only 30 positions up for grabs.

The office said that the Tefuye trail working holiday will allow participants the chance to visit the hunting trail built by Tsou Tribe in the early days.   

Chiayi Forest District Office director Huang Miao-hsiu (黃妙修) said the trail working holiday is a trending volunteer service activity that combines ecological tours with trail restoration, offering the public another vacation alternative.   

The forest office worked with Taiwan Thousand Miles Trail Association last year to engage in small-scale trail repair and cleaning work, and participants had unforgettable memories of sweating over maintaining the trail in the high-elevation forests, the office said.  

The office said this year it will continue restoring the Tefuye trail by using hands and materials found on-site, an approach that is less destructive, highly stable and blending with the nature, minimizing the impact on the ecology.     

The Tefuye trail working holiday is taking 30 participants, and the office begins to receive applications from now on until August 10. Those who are interested in participating can register via the website.

The Tefuye trail is quite unique. Built in 1910 by the Japanese, it was a 5.2km narrow gauge rail line used to transport the abundant red cypress to the Alishan railway.  The railway was called the Shuishan Line. It ended in the 1970's due to disrepair. The current trail is 6.32 kilometers. It starts on Route 18 (the Alishan road) and walks deep into the forest and then down a long grade into the village of Tefuye.