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Taoyuan City ─ Tatkuanshan / Lalashan
Tatkuanshan / Lalashan-
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Lalashan, was officially named Tatkuanshan in 1975, but still widely known by its former name Lalashan. "Lala" meaning beautiful in native language was given by the Taiya tribe. The northern mountainous areas around Paling which are known for the natural red cypress trees, includes the 22 stalks of the aged-old giant red cypress wood stood in strange postures. It holds the largest stands of ancient red hinoki cypress trees in Taiwan. Along the 3.7 km long observation walkway, there are various species of plants for visitors to admire and researchers to study. In addition, there are also rare species of wild animals such as the Taiwan Black Bears, Macacus Monkeys and Mountain Goats which are protected species. With the presence of these animals, the area has also become an important wildlife preservation area on the island. The Forestry Department has built a parking lot, visitor walkways, description plagues, trails and sheds. This mountain area is now a popular tourist spot along the North Cross Island Highway.

Lalashan was known after the discovery of many giant red cypress trees. A well reserved area becoming finest attractions for natural admirers. From the cypress woodland, visitors can track along the Bafu ridge, through easy trails leading to the entrance of the mountain peak. Along the way, you will see giant trees, rare fungus plant, and flowers. After an hour of walk, you will reach a green plateau; and start your way to the peak for another half an hour. For hikers, the trails are easily identifiable and accessible. The peak, higher than 2,000 meters, affords splendid panoramic views of the surrounding mountains such as Fuchishan (Husband and Wife Mountain), Chatienshan (Pot Sky Mountain), Huimushan (Cypress Mountain), Tatmanshan and more.

Baling is a town located at the middle of the North Cross Island Highway. It is divided into upper, middle and lower section. The section at the North Cross Island Highway is the Lower Baling. To go from the lower section (Siabaling) to Upper Baling (Shanbaling), visitor needs to use the road (200 meters high) behind the Northern Cross Road village. The middle section (Chungbaling) and lower sections are fruit producing areas. Every year from March to April, trees are ridden with fruits all along the roads, and peaches from Lalashan is famous island-wide. At this high altitude, which affords wide view of the surrounding areas, it has become a very popular tourist spot along the North Cross Island Highway.
 
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scenery features:

National reserved forest, natural habitat of protected species. Lalashan Forest Reserve provides hiking routes with magnificent views.

opening hours:

Lalashan Forest Reserve
Tourist Center: 03-3912761

service facilities:

Public Phone Booth
Public Restrooms

expenditure brief:

Adult: TWD 100
Concession: TWD 50 ; students in elementary and junior high or
military, law enforcement identification
The above fees are for reference purposes only; actual costs are informed at the actual venue and we do NOT give any prior notice.

recommendations:

Hikers should note, “Lalashan Jiaobanshan Peak Route” or called Fuba peak route, Bafu peak route, will pass through restricted area. Make sure to apply the mountain pass for this route.

available parking areas:

Parking Lot
Large Vehicle: NT$100
Regular Vehicle: NT$50

Directions:
google map

Directions:
By Car
From Chungli Highway Interchange, exit to Chungfung Road (County Route) to Tahsi.
Then, turn to North Cross Island Highway (Provincial Route) and you will reach Shiapaling. Continue and make a left turn to Shanpaling.
Go straight and you will reach Tatkuanshan Natural Preservation Area.
From Taipei, go along the Provincial Route passing Shanchia to Shanmin. Connect to North Cross Island Highway (passing Fuxing) and you will reach Shiapaling.
Follow the same direction as above. The whole journey is about 88.7 km.

By Bus
From Tahsi, take the Taoyuan Express Bus or the Taichi Express Bus bound for Paling and alight at Paling stop.
From Yilan, take the Taichi Express Bus bound for Paling and alight at Paling stop. There is only one trip daily leaving at 07:50.
From Baling, take a taxi to Tatkuan Natural Preservation Area.

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