National Parks of Taiwan
In the order they were established, Taiwan’s nine national parks are: Kenting (or Kending as it’s sometimes written); Yushan (sometimes called Jade Mountain); Yangmingshan; Shei-Pa (alternatively spelled Xueba); Kinmen; Taroko; Dongsha (not yet open to the public); Taijiang; and South Penghu Marine National Park, covering part of the Penghu archipelago. All nine are charged with preserving the natural environment, a mission that’s much easier in Taiwan’s highlands than it is in populated coastal areas. The Kinmen and Taijiang national parks have an additional secondary role of protecting sites of historical importance.
In addition, there are also several nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, and protected areas, some of which are closed to non-researchers. The various national scenic areas — of which Alishan is the most famous — play an important role in preserving what makes Taiwan such an alluring destination, as do the forest recreation areas.
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