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Yushan National Park, Nantou County

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Yushan National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the summit Yushan, the highest peak of the park. The park covers a total of 103,121 hectares including large sections of the Central Mountain Range. The park contains over thirty peaks more than 3,000 meters in elevation, and two-thirds of the area within the park is above 2,000 meters. The elevation difference in the park is 3,600 meters, and there are many canyons, cliffs, and valleys.Because its remote location and entry control, Yushan National Park is not among the most visited national parks in Taiwan. Even so, the park still attracted 973,821 visitors in 2011.GeologyTaiwan, which owes its existence to the power of plate tectonics, remains a place of regular seismic activity. Examples of geological features such as fault lines, joints, and folding can be seen throughout Yushan National Park: Great Precipice (大峭壁) — Great Precipice (23.4683339 120.9396649) is located 1.2 km before Paiyun Lodge (排雲山莊) on the Yushan Trail. A precipitous cliff with fossils of ancient marine species and a few wavy marks in the rock can still remind us its oceanic past. Scree slope at the foot of Main Peak Fault scarp in Laonong (荖濃) between Main Peak and Batongguan (八通關) Fuzi Cliff (父子斷崖) and Guanshan Cliff (關山斷崖) The southern Cross Island Highway and Yushan Scenic Highway both offer countless opportunities to witness the area’s special geological features.
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Where to stay in Nantou County

As a base for explorations of the county, Nantou offers a wealth of accommodations for its many visitors, from the outdoorsy minded, to cultural adventurers and luxury-lovers. Take a look in the center of town to find a number of hotels of all types, along with some simple guesthouses. On the outskirts, particularly by the river to the north, sit a good selection of boutiques boasting views of the surrounding landscape. Many visitors to the county also get tempted by lakeside accommodations by Sun Moon Lake--arguably the main natural attraction of the county--to the south.
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  • We hired a driver to take us on a day trip from Sun Moon Lake to Yu Shan National Park’s Tataka Visitor Center at the end of the twisting and winding Provincial Highway 21. Permits and preparation are...  more »
  • Many groups tours for sun rise but we avoid the crowd by driving through the mountains ourselves around mid day, although it was raining and foggy, amazing experience.  more »
  • Upon hearing of the highest mountain in Taïwan (3952m), we wanted to go up Yushan/Jade Mtn. The view from up there is breath-taking and very much worth the hassle. The uphill is somewhat but the path ...  more »
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  • Magnificent hike and exciting climb to the summit. Please prepare for strong wind, rain and cold!
  • A work of wonder. Makes me appreciate nature.
  • I concur therefore I exist, glad to enjoy a joyful mountain stay in a good weather and with good friends' companion.
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  • Great place to see spectacular high mountain views. Easy parking.