The Shoushan National Nature Park

The geology of the park is dominated by coral limestone, providing clear evidence of the land uplift of Taiwan

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The Qihou Lighthouse

The Qihou Lighthouse (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Shoushan National Nature Park (壽山國家自然公園), located in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung, is the first national nature park in Taiwan.

Rich in historic and natural resources. the Shoushan National Nature Park consists of four areas: Banpingshan, the Big and Small Gueishan, Shoushan and Qihoushan, providing a beautiful green space for Kaohsiung.

The geology of the park is dominated by coral limestone, providing clear evidence of the land uplift of Taiwan.

The Qihou Lighthouse and Qihou Fort on Qihoushan are ancient remains that have witnessed the progress of an important part of Taiwan’s history. The Qihou Lighthouse, rebuilt during Japanese rule, commands a bird's-eye view of Kaohsiung Harbor. The architecture of the Qihou Fort, built in the Qing Dynasty, is a mix of Chinese and western styles.

The Zuoying old city located within the park was a castle constructed in the Qing Dynasty. The north gate built with the hexagonal alignment is the only city gate with door guarding gods in Taiwan.

Thanks to longtime military control, this park, characterized by its coral reef ecosystem, has completely preserved the natural resources and rich ecological diversity the park has been blessed with.

The most representative is the Formosan macaque, which live in a matrilineal society with clear social hierarchy. People visiting Shoushan are advised not to feed them, come into contact with them, or provoke them.