Forestry Bureau: Fairyland-like Basianshan is a nice place to visit during LNY

Forestry Bureau recommends Basianshan as charming selection for LNY tourists

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(Photo courtesy of Forestry Bureau)

(Photo courtesy of Forestry Bureau)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Blooming Taiwan cherry trees, rich wildlife, unique natural landscapes, and a variety of other flowers have turned the Basianshan (Eight Deities Mountain) National Forest Recreation Area (八仙山國家森林遊樂區) into a fairyland at this time of year, Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau said in a press release on Wednesday.

The bureau recommended the place to people who haven’t decided where to go during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The Basianshan Forest Recreation Area, which used to be a logging field, is located at the 33 kilometer mark of Provincial Highway 8 in Taichung City's Heping District, and only a five minute drive from the Guguan Scenic Area.

The elevations of the park range from 750 to 2,424 meters. Inside the park, there are beautiful river valleys, unique natural bamboo forests, and verdant primary forests, in addition to clean and fresh air.

There are several short trails in the park featuring diverse landscapes for a light excursion, along with the most challenging trail that allows hikers to ascend to the highest peak of the Seven Mountains of Guguan (谷關七雄): Basianshan, at an elevation of 2166 meters.

Free shuttle buses will run from the Guguan Station of Fengyuan Bus Transportation (豐原客運谷關站) to the Basianshan Visitor Center every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8. However, visitors taking a free shuttle bus still have to pay entrance fees at the tollbooth.

For more information, please call Basianshan Visitor Center at 04-25951214; and for meals and lodging at Basian Villas in the park, please call 04-25950266.

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