Ep 23: Taroko National Park and Buluowan Recreation Area in Hualien
When Taroko National Park was established on November 28, 1986, it was of special significance for the environmental protection movement in Taiwan: it showed that both the public and the government agencies had realized that against the background of the nation's four decades of extraordinary economic success, serious damage was being done to its natural resources.
According to the National Park Act of the Republic of China (passed in 1972), parks are established to protect the natural scenery, historic relics and wildlife; to conserve natural resources; and to facilitate scientific research and promote environmental education.
If you'd like to spend the night in the mountains, a perfect place to do so would be The Leader Village Taroko Hotel. It is located on the upper portion of the terrace and features one of the top restaurants in the Taroko region. This hotel delights in serving Western-aboriginal fusion cuisine, which is a taste not to be missed. Located on the serene, flat land of Buluowan (布洛灣), The Leader Village is a wonderful place to retreat to after several hours of excitement of the breathtaking gorge scenery.
Buluowan, meaning “echo of canyon”, used to be a tribal village of the Taroko aborigines. With its upper and the lower terrace, Buluowan serves as an important recreational area in Taroko Gorge. The lower portion houses the Tourist Center of Taroko National Park, providing information and multimedia demonstrations on the history and culture of the Truku tribe. The Taroko handicraft museum displays Taroko fabric, baskets, and other traditional crafts.
The village itself also provides entertainment and you'd be pleased to find that the village is run by 99% aboriginals. The Truku tribe members are a quiet yet friendly bunch, and would be pleased to include you in a night of song and dance. In a world of its own, and situated on a secluded plateau encircled by lush green mountains, spending a night here would certainly be an experience of utmost tranquility.
For more information:
Buluowan Recreation Area 布洛灣遊憩區 (http://qiito.com/place/14001-buluowan)
Taroko National Park 太魯閣國家公園 (http://qiito.com/place/29-taroko-national-park)
QingJinZe Minsu 輕井澤民宿 (http://qiito.com/place/22772-qingjing-ze-minsu-hualien)
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