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Jiao-ban Mountain Sculpture Park
 

<<Welcome to Fuhsing Township!>>
 

<<Tahan River Gorge vista in Fuhsing Township>>
 

<<Plum trees are everywhere in Chiao Pan Shan Park.>>

Fuhsing Township, formerly Chiao Pan Shan, was incorporated and got its present name in 1954. The largest “mountain township” in northern Taiwan and the only such township in Taoyuan, it is located in the southeastern corner of the county, bordering Taipei County’s Wu Lai and San Hsia in the north, Yilan’s San Hsing and Tatung in the east, and Hsinchu’s Kuanhsi and Jan-Shi in the southwest. Fuhsing has an area of 350.78 square kilometers and a population of about 11,000 living in 10 villages. With the Hsuehshan Mountain Ranges stretching along its entire length and traversed by the meandering Tahan River, the township is known for its natural beauty.

Indeed, it is fair to say rich natural resources and idyllic scenery have made Taoyuan County extremely attractive as a tourist destination. Among the county’s better known attractions are San Min Bats Cave, Chiao Pan Shan Park, Hsiao Wu Lai, Luo Fu,

<<The way to Fuhsing lies across Kanjin Bridge>>

La La Shan Mountain, Paling, Tung Yen Shan Forest Recreation Area and Shimen Reservoir. Its diverse ecological and natural environments sustain ancient forests, agricultural terraces, plum tree orchards, and unique topographical features.

Divine Trees (giant old trees):

Fuhsing Township is located in a hilly region at the southernmost edge of the county, and is host to awe-inspiring topography. The region is relatively untouched, and therefore boasts virgin hinoki cypress, beech and Formosan yellow cypress forests. The area known as Takuan Shan has already been designated as a wildlife sanctuary, which contains the largest such forests in Southeast Asia.

Terrace Fields:
Lala Shan Yeheng Terrace has a long history as a scenic wonder, dating back to the Japanese Occupation Era. Originally a steep slope, the land was stabilized and reclaimed by the Atayal indigenous tribe, and is now known as Yeheng Terrace. It is clearly a case of man coming to terms with nature. The area is now easily accessible, and people can enjoy the magnificent surroundings.

Plum Tree Orchards (Chiao Pan Hsun Mei):
One of the eight great attractions of Taoyuan, the ubiquitous plum trees of Chiao Pan Shan Park and its environs are an ever-popular tourist draw.

Hsikoutai Terraces:
Fuhsing Township lies at the upper reaches of the Tahan River, where the steep slopes amplify the downward cutting power of the river, while erosion sideways is somewhat constrained. As a result, the river has cut deep into the hard bedrocks beneath Fuhsing’s rugged relief, forming a canyon. On the other hand, continuous erosion of a concave bank and deposition on the convex bank as the river meanders through the river valley have caused the formation of crescent terraces resembling an amphitheater on the outer shore. The Hsikoutai terraces are a typical example of such topography and are best viewed from the Filial Piety Pavilion not far away from it.

Farming is the primary economic activity in the township, and Fuhsing’s peaches are its best-known product. Others include green bamboo shoots, tea, mushrooms and flowers. Of these, potted poinsettias are the most important, with production upwards of 150,000 pots per annum, which account for more than 21 percent of the country’s total output. Ninety percent of Fuhsing’s population are land tillers of the Atayal indigenous tribe, so it carries the alternate name, “Town of the Atayal.” There are also some Ami and Paiwan tribesmen residents here and there.

It is an area rich in Atayal cultural heritage, and therefore boasts many indigenous events and activities associated with their traditions. Two important events mark the calendar every year. One of them, the “Sowing Ceremony,” takes place before spring sowing and the other, the “Bumper Harvest Celebrations,” after harvest. The tribal chiefs habitually preside over the former, while the tribesman who reaps the year’s biggest harvest takes over the role at the latter. All types of indigenous ceremonies, dances and song are featured. The annual event draws huge crowds of tourists, who come to enjoy the spectacle and appreciate the cultural diversity of the area.

 
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