TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Taijiang National Park (台江國家公園) belongs to a silted inland sea, the attractions of the national park include special geological landforms such as sandbars, lagoons, and tidal lands; unique wetland ecology; and maritime economic activities such as fishing and oyster culture.
The tidal land is naturally formed by the deposition of sediment along the coastline or by artificial construction. Part of the tidal land has been turned into salt fields, while other areas are used as fish ponds.
Taijiang National Park has been running “friendly fish ponds” in traditional ways in an area about 10 hectares in Qigu (七股) to create a foraging environment for winter migratory birds in the area and ensure they have sufficient and safe foods.
When the bird season ends around March, the national park uses the milkfish left behind by the birds in the fish ponds, along with locally grown tomato, to make canned milkfish products, a fine souvenir for tourists visiting the national park.
Between the sandbar and tidal land is the vast lagoon, also known as the inner sea, which has the function of absorbing sea water, adjusting the water level, and protecting the coastline. With the sandbar breaking waves, the lagoon is comparatively peaceful.
More than 300 years ago, this area was where Western civilization and Chinese culture entered Taiwan. Therefore, Taijiang National Park is famous not only for its ecological resources, but also for its rich history.
The tides and the special marine landforms along the southwestern coast have created a delightful environment for many marine species. Nowadays, fishermen use the natural resource for oyster culture and fishing, just like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
In order to develop tourism, raft tours in the lagoon are available for tourists to enjoy the views of the lagoon, appreciate birds and the marine ecology, sample fresh oysters and other seafood, and bask in the salty breeze and twilight of sunset.