Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The first walk to remember

Now we’ve spent our first four days in Dasyueshan National Recreation Area. Our first days of work, first acquaintance and first experience.

Two-hour-long way from Fongyan to Dasyueshan was amazing. A beautiful scenery of the mountains, valleys and cities was spread out beneath. Looking at the landscape we couldn’t notice the time passed and appeared to be at the entrance of the Dasyueshan National Recreation Area. This was Thursday – so we couldn’t see lots of cars to compare with weekend.


Dasyueshan is stretched through the area of 35 km, started with 15th and finished at the 49th, which is at the same time has the highest trails. We and most of the tourists live at the 43d km, where are the Visitor Center, inn, hotel and wood cottages and restaurant are situated.


 And we were driven straight to this place. First to see our dorm that turned out to be a beautiful cottage in Japanese style and repack our luggage and second – to start our two-day training.


What is the first thing you would like to know about a place? I’m sure, it is its history. And we were not only said but also shown the long history of two National Recreation Areas – Dasyueshan and Basianshan. As for a second one – there are two big books – collections of photos related to the Basianshan 20th century history. And as for Dasyueshan – every tourist can go to the Visitor Center where he will find an informative expo. There are not only photos, describing the history of this area, but also lots of equipment that workers, engineers and firemen used. In addition you can see some a stands with useful information of how to behave in the forest and what you should know about the forest. English variant of all the information let the foreign students understand everything. Besides in the Visitor Center you can also watch a short movie about Dasyueshan and see an expo of wooden sculptures and crafts.
Both of the National Recreation Areas did a long and hard way from being a place of cutting the trees and a mill to the National Recreation Area and one of the beautiest places in Taiwan. We can still find lots of traces remained from the time of cutting the trees: wood bricks moving apparatus and special trails. Little metal tags is used by the scientists to make surveys and  observe the life of each tree from the very beginning.


The next part of our training was a short walk on a trail. Actually it was our first walk on the Dasyueshan trail that’s why it was very exciting. The teacher told us lots about the signs in the forest. First, they must be evident – the visitor should know for sure which sign is for what tree, bush or plant.


The sign must be easily reached and read. The visitor should see all the words clearly. It would be really great if all of the signs have a translation to English for foreign visitors who don’t know Chinese. Unfortunately only a few of them have English variant. As for me, I think that tourists will be more interested in English name of species not in Latin, scientific – that is written in every sign.

The third point is that signs must not harm the nature or prevent growing of a tree or any other species.

The staff should thoroughly take care of all the trees and plants in the forest. And what is one of the most important and interesting facts – staff can interfere into the life of forest only if it threatens the safety of visitors and damage the trails. In other cases, people can’t disturb the forest.

Our training finished only in the evening. Our last adventure for this day was to find a flying squirrel. The night was very clear so we can see not only stars but also the trees surrounded. Half-an-hour search finished successfully and finally we managed to see the flight of a squirrel. By the way, do you know that squirrel create the sounds that can easily mistake with the bird. 
The next morning we got up really early. There is only one reason to go out at 4 a.m. – sunrise. Undoubtedly, the most beautiful sunrise can be seen only in mountains. This short moment of piece, the darkest our just before the damn, when even birds and wind become quiet. The short moment of waiting and everyone stares at the East constrainedly. It passed in several minutes and soon you can see the bright sun and the shafts of light drops on the valley – illuminating some of the space and leaving other areas in shadows. 

The next day of training was dedicated to knowing more about species we and all others can find in Dasyueshan. We spent lots of interesting moments walking the trails to distinguish the tree and viewing leaves, flowers and seeds of the species.
And finally we can do our first independent walk on a trail.


Being volunteers we should know more information about each trail so we can help other teachers accompanying tourist groups or staying at the Visitor Center. We should know about the length of the trail, we should be able to introduce species one can see while walking, we should help the visitors in choosing the best way of spending time. And most of all, we should take care about the nature.


Dasyueshan is amazing place. All the way of walking its trails you can see a breathtaking view on the green mountains and so changeable clouds. Sometimes they climb the mountains covering them with the milky white veil.


Sometimes it lays below – quiet and unfathomable ocean of soft clouds.

But most of the time they fathom all the places, hiding trees, buildings and people in white mist. Do you remember the King’s Mist? We could feel it almost every afternoon during our stay in Dasyueshan.


There are great amount of observing points of all the kind. They can be low, can be high. Can be closed – can be open. It depends only on your preferences. But you wouldn’t be disappointed of the view opening up before your eyes.


Wriiten by Olga
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