Thursday, October 26, 2017

Luodong Forestry Culture Park

Some Taiwan Logging History

A good way to get between the National Center for Traditional Arts and the Luodong Forestry Cultural Garden and vice versa is to use the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle. My experience with the Tourist Shuttles is that you need to flag them down to get on board and press the button on the bus before your stop to get off or chances are the driver won’t stop.

Logging of cypress trees off Taiwan’s mountains was a big operation that got started under Taiwan’s Japanese occupation. Those trees from Taipingshan’s forests were brought to Luodong for processing and ultimately for transport to Japan. The harvesting lasted 68 years and trickled to a stop in the early 80s.  In 2004, the Taiwan Forestry Bureau unveiled a plan to create the Luodong Forestry Culture Park. In 2009, the park was officially opened to the public.  

Within the park, the log storage pond, Zhulin Station, wood-dragging tracks, forestry agency office, Japanese-style dormitories, and segments of old train tracks are all well preserved. The site is further divided into the forestry exhibition area, old dormitory area, art and culture area, administration and management area, nature and ecology area, green area, hiking trails, and parking space.

When I was there, many locals were using the boardwalk to walk around the wetland. I saw only one shop open in the art and culture area.  It may be a work in progress and probably busier on weekends. 

The old leftover twisted logs leave you with the impression of how large these trees were. 

In all a nice place to visit but probably appeals more to locals than to tourists.

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