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The Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park

The park provides Kaohsiung citizens with another place for outdoor recreation and leisure

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The Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park (photo taken from Wikipedia)

The Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park (photo taken from Wikipedia)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park is located on the border between the Nantzu and Ciaotou districts, which used to be heavily polluted by heavy industries.

As the environment of this area has been improved, the park provides Kaohsiung citizens with another place for outdoor recreation and leisure. The park was also built to enhance the area’s landscape and environmental quality.

The design of the park combines urban forestry with ecological planting, and it is the first park in Taiwan to have integrated the concepts of environmental protection and ecology. The fact numbers of different species of birds in the park have increased over the years means that they have adopted the park as their habitat, evidence that the samplings planted years ago have grown into an “urban forest.”

The landmark of the Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park is “the golden rooster sundial,” also known as “the bird of time.” With the bird’s neck stretched forward and its body well poised to fly up, the landmark signifies a bright future.

The 5-hectre grassland in the park provides the public with a good place to rest and recreate, and functions as a temperature regulator, environmental quality enhancer, and an important buffer zone to ward off disasters.

The 95-hectare park used to be the site of a landfill. The 900-ton garbage has become a source of biogas power generation, achieving both pollution reduction and waste reuse.

Turning the repulsive landfill into a green space that people like to visit, the Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park has created a special place for recreation and environmental education.