The road leading to a scenic mountain trail in a Taiwan beech forest within the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area in northeastern Taiwan will be subject to traffic restrictions for one month, starting in mid-October, the Forestry Bureau announced Friday.
The leaves of the largest pure Taiwan beech forest in the country turn yellow in the autumn, attracting many nature lovers. To prevent excessive numbers of cars from entering the forest during the season, disturbing wildlife and causing pollution, the bureau said it will close Cueifong Road, which serves the Taiwan Beech National Trail, to private cars every weekend from Oct. 15 to Nov. 13.
The restriction period will run from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, during which motor vehicles, apart from shuttle buses and government vehicles, will be banned from the 16.5-kilometer road from Taipingshan Villa to the trailhead, the bureau added.
The Taiwan Beech Trail begins at the side of Cueifong Villa in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan County and stretches for 3.8 km, giving a walk of around 3 hours.
Along the last section of the trail are 900 hectares of pure Taiwan beech forest, which are covered with dazzling yellow leaves each autumn, attracting crowds of visitors and hikers, according to the Forestry Bureau.
The first 2.5 km of the trail is built on the old forest railway that traverses the mountain slopes. "En route, you can observe slate cliffs, mosses, Taiwan cypress, Japanese cedar, and Taiwan cherry," the bureau said.
The Taiwan beech is endemic to Taiwan and grows normally on slopes near the crest line of mountains at an altitude of 1,300 meters to 2,400 meters above sea level.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel