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Most awe-inspiring natural wonder in N. Taiwan: Towering red cypress trees on Taoyuan’s Lala Mountain

There are dozens of giant red cypress trees whose ages range from 500 years to nearly 3,000 years in the park

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(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan City Government)

(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan City Government)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For those who haven’t decided where to go during the four-day New Year holiday, they are strongly recommended to visit the most awe-inspiring natural wonder in northern Taiwan: a congregation of dozens of cloud-reaching red cypress trees on Taoyuan’s Lala Mountain (拉拉山).

The park where the towering red cypress trees grow, as well as its adjacent mountainous area near Balin on the Northern Cross-Island Highway, was designated by the government as the Lala Mountain nature protection zone in 1986, according to a report on the Taoyuan Travel website. The park is listed by TripAdvisor as the sixth most popular tourist attraction in Taoyuan in 2018.

There are dozens of giant red cypress trees whose ages range from 500 years to nearly 3,000 years in the park, and each of these divine trees is marked with a number. Among them, the No. 5 tree is the oldest, at the age of 2,800.

In addition to the giant red cypress trees, there are also color-changing trees such as green maple trees and beech trees in the park. In the fall, when the weather turns cool, green leaves change into red, rendering the view more colorful.

To facilitate viewing of these divine trees, the Forestry Bureau has built several footpaths among and around them.

However, parts of the footpaths were destroyed by the typhoons in 2015 and 2016, and the tree park was once closed off for repair.

Now the path leading to giant trees Nos. 1-13, and Nos. 19-21 is open, according to the report.

The address of the tree park is No. 205, Hualing Village (華陵里), Fuxing District (復興區), Taoyuan City. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. The admission is free.

For those who plan to go by bus, it's advisable to catch an early bus and learn the time of a return bus in advance as very few buses travel to and from Lala Mountain a day.

For more information, please call 03-3912142.

Most awe-inspiring natural wonder in N. Taiwan: Towering red cypress trees on Taoyuan’s Lala Mountain

(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan Travel)

Most awe-inspiring natural wonder in N. Taiwan: Towering red cypress trees on Taoyuan’s Lala Mountain

(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan Travel)

Most awe-inspiring natural wonder in N. Taiwan: Towering red cypress trees on Taoyuan’s Lala Mountain

(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan Travel)

Most awe-inspiring natural wonder in N. Taiwan: Towering red cypress trees on Taoyuan’s Lala Mountain

(Photo courtesy of Taoyuan Travel)


Updated : 2020-12-03 16:39 GMT+08:00