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Taichiang National Park project approved

Taichiang National Park project approved

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The government has approved a proposal to designate an area that spans four hectares of land and coastal waters along Tainan City and Tainan County in southern Taiwan as the country's eighth national park.
Premier Liu Chao-shiuan announced the establishment of the Taichiang National Park Tuesday during an inspection tour of the site, which is a 20-minute drive away from Tainan City's downtown area.
Tainan City Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair briefed the premier on the proposal, saying that the city government will invest over NT$3 billion (US$9 million) over the next decade in wildlife conservation, ecological protection and cultural relic restoration in the region as part of its efforts to promote tourism and create business opportunities.
The proposal to designate the area as the Taichiang National Park was broached by Hsu during his tenure as a legislator in the 1990s.
At the end of 2004, the Ministry of the Interior approved a NT$10 million budget for the city government to draft a blueprint for the proposed park. The ministry's National Parks Planning Committee gave initial approval for the project late last year.
According to the city government, the Taichiang National Park combines three special features that distinguish it from the country's seven other national parks -- cultural relics, world-class lagoons and heritage industries such as salt mining and fish farming.
Taiwan's other national parks tend to feature either mountain or seaside resources.
The Taichiang National Park stretches from the coastal area of Tainan City's Annan District and the waters along Chigu in Tainan County to the Dongji islet of the Penghu archipelago.
The area, 5 km wide and 55-km long, encompasses the Sihcao wildlife protected zone, the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area and Anping Harbor Historical Park.
The marine area of the park, from Dongji to Luermen in Tainan City, includes major sea routes that Han Chinese navigated from mainland China to Taiwan during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Koxinga, better known as Cheng Cheng-kung in Taiwan, sailed to Taiwan from Ximen in China's Fujian province via the Dongji-Luermen route.
City government officials said the inclusion of the marine area will help the public better understand the history of the region's development and the spirit of the early Chinese immigrants.
The park also includes the world renowned black-faced spoonbill reserve area at the estuary of the Tsenwenhsi River and Chigu lagoon.
Moreover, the region was once home to a thriving salt industry as well as a milkfish (known as Koxinga fish in the olden days) farming industry that remains alive today. Although some industries have faded, the area should be protected as a heritage site that bears evidence of the region's development, the officials said.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-09 04:45 GMT+08:00