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A Unique Flatland Forest Park in Taiwan

Located in the East Rift Valley (花東縱谷) between the Central Range and the Coastal Range in eastern Taiwan, the Danongdafu Forest Park (大農大富森林園區) was the first flatland forest established by the Taiwanese government according to its i-Taiwan 12 Development Projects Plan initiated in 2008.

The Danongdafu Forest Park is established under the governmdnt's i-Taiwan 12 Development Projects . (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)
The Danongdafu Forest Park was established under the government’s i-Taiwan 12 Development Projects Plan. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

The Three Flatland Forest Parks in Taiwan

In addition to the Danongdafu Forest Park in eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County, the other two are the Aogu Wetland Forest Park (鰲鼓濕地森林園區) and the Linhousilin Flatland Forest Park (林後四林森林園區), which were established in southern Taiwan’s Chiayi County and Pingtung County in recent years respectively.

Please watch the following video of the Danongdafu Forest Park in Taiwan.

The Danongdafu Forest Park

The Danongdafu Forest Park was established in 2011, based on the concepts of “Forest for People” and “Forest for All,” to make it a LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) area featuring recreation, organic production, environmental protection, and sustainable development in the East Rift Valley.

The park features recreation, organic production, environmental healing and sustainable development. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)
The park features recreation, organic production, environmental healing, and sustainable development. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

As the Danongdafu Forest Park is situated on the former premises of two immense sugarcane fields previously owned by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation’s Danong (大農) and Dafu (大富) Farms respectively, it was so named.

Visitors can take in the spectacular viiew of a vast, endless forest in the park. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)
Visitors can take in the spectacular view of a vast, endless forest in the park. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

Over 1 million trees have been planted in the park

Since its inception, more than one million trees in 20-odd native species have been planted in this sugarcane farm-turned forest park with an area of 1,250 hectares (3,089 acres). All these trees belong to species commonly seen in low altitudes, such as Formosan Ash (光臘樹), Liquidambar formosana (楓香樹), Flamegold Rain Tree (台灣欒樹),  Melia azedarach (苦楝樹), Autumn Maple Tree (茄苳), and Green Maple (青楓). The forest park is thus a great natural carbon dioxide absorber and oxygen generator.

The Danongdafu Forest Park has become a popular attraction in the East Rift Valley in eastern Taiwan. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)
The Danongdafu Forest Park has become a popular attraction in the East Rift Valley in eastern Taiwan. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

Over the years, these trees have grown up and become dense stands creating different landscapes of the four seasons. Especially when leaves turn yellowish in autumn and winter, the scenery is even more beautiful.

The park features recreation, organic production, environmental healing and sustainable development. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)
Among the artworks is the ant nest-shaped bookcrossing cottage made of couch grass, clay, cement, and steel. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

Features of the forest park

The forest park also features a variety of recreation facilities such as cycling trails, walking paths, a pond, and other family-friendly facilities. It is truly relaxing to ride a bike along the extensive woodland bikeways or the driveways with lush trees on both sides and the azure sky above.

One of the installation artworks at the forest park. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)
One of the installed works of art at the forest park. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

There are many creative works of art scattered across the forest park that perfectly fit in with the surroundings, such as dragonflies, piggies, ants, a Formosan black bear, pea pots, an ant nest, etc. Among them is the ant nest-shaped bookcrossing cottage made of couch grass, clay, cement, and steel.

The installation artwork of "Rejoycing at the Harvest Festival" at the parl. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)
The installation artwork ‘Rejoicing at the Harvest Festival’ at the park. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

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