Yangmingshan National Park is located in the northernmost point of the island nation of Taiwan. It sits directly north of the capital city of Taipei. It actually sits between Taipei and New Taipei City. The Asian national park area covers an area of 43.78 square miles (113.38 sq km).
The national park delivers an eclectic encounter with nature, and with its proximity to Taipei, it is easy to experience for those traveling to Taiwan. It is one of the most popular of the nine national parks for the country.
Many people look forward to visiting the national park during the spring when the cherry trees are blossoming. The park features Taiwan’s tallest dormant volcano known as Seven Star Mountain or Mount Qixing.
Seven Star Mountain reaches a summit of 3,674.5 feet (1,120 m). The dormant volcano provides other geological features of interest including sulfur deposits, fumaroles, and the summit peak.
In addition to Seven Star Mountain, visitors can explore valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain ridges. Although other parts of Taiwan feature higher mountains, this national park is majestically picturesque.
Most people are not excited to learn that Yangminshan is home to an array of poisonous snakes. More than likely you will not encounter any, but it is good to pay attention to your exploration endeavors
The skies are the highlight for wildlife enthusiasts. There are 122 species of birds and over 165 species of butterflies fluttering through the forested and flowered area. Combined with the blossoms that add to the colorful beauty of the national park.
The blossoms of the cherry trees during the spring are one of the highlights for both locals and international travelers. Along with the cherry blossoms, most people look forward to the Japanese maple trees.
Without question, the cherry blossoms are the highlight of the park. Locals and international travelers visit and explore the park specifically to witness the abundant cherry and other tree blossoms.
Trails of Yangmingshan National Park
Mount Qixing Trail: This is a moderately challenging 2.6 mile (4.2 km) ascending trail to the summit of Mount Qixing. It features an elevation gain of about 1,017 feet (310 m). It will take a fair part of the day to ascend and return.
Yangmingshan Trail: This is a challenging 15.2 miles (24.5 km) trail that follows along the river. The trail is often taken by backpackers and campers. It features an elevation gain of 5,502 feet (1,677 m).
- Cherry tree blossoms
- Other blossoming trees plum, peach, and pear
- Seven Star Mountain / Mount Qixing
- Flower clock
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