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.
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
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.
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.