History
 Environmental factor
 Present Nature Education Area
 Facilities in the Nature Education Area
 Future prospect
 History
1. In the late Qing Dynasty, the Xitou was "origin of stream" in a small village in mountain.
2. During the Japanese Occupation, it was chosen as the forest for practical training by Tokyo University.
  In during vocation, students were sent for practice and research.
3. The forest recreational area has been established in 1970.


 Environmental factor 
1. Topography
The Xitou Forest Recreational Area is one of the concave valleys surrounded by mountains in three sides. The highest mountain is Lingtou Mountain in the south with sea level 2,025m. It extends in north to Fenghuang Mountain Range to form the east mountain boundary of this area. It extends in west to Neishu and mountain range, which extends to north forming the south and west mountain boundaries in this area. The streams flow between the mountain range and the exit is in the north. The sea level of major area is 800-2000m.
2. Geology
The Fenghuang Mountain is composed of thick sandstone and is the barrier in the east of Xitou. The thick sandstone of Fenghuang Mountain is on the precipice of the mountain and it is the essential factor for fallen of huge rocks. The property of this sandstone is the deposition from shallow sea five million years ago. Nowadays, it is the mountain with sea level over 1000m. Seas change into mulberry fields and mulberry fields into seas.
3. Climate
According to the data from Xitou observation station, the average temperature of the month of Xitou is 11.0 - 28 ℃, and the average annual temperature is 16.6℃. The average annual rainfall is 2635.18mm. According to the Thornthwaite climate classification, it belongs to AB'ra' type, which means warm and humid weather. The rainfall is sufficient in the whole year. The effective temperature does not focus in summer and is suitable for compatriots to stay at summer resort.


 Present Nature Education Area
1. For practice, view and emulate for Department of Forest and other departments in our college, and teachers and students for local and international relevant colleges and departments.
2. The promotion of "natural education" of nursing of natural ecology is one of the main objectives of Xitou Forest Recreational Area.
3. The Xitou nursery garden can cultivate proper and strong nursery stock for afforesting of the ecology.
4. Vacation Forest Natural Ecology Exhibition Center provides visiting and ecological films for visitors.
5. Xitou Restaurant and Hotel provides meals and accommodation.
6. The Camping Site has started operation in 5 May 2003, which provides BBQ, campfire and camps to visitors.
7. Visitors Services Center provides:
a. Reservation of ecological guidance: the guide leads the visitors to understand the ecological environment, increase the concepts of the visitors to protect the forests and natural resources.
b. Using of nursing room for nursing of the baby.
c. Briefing room and conference room for conference.
d. Chairs, pictures of the major plants in the Area, and display and explanation of fossils in Visitors Rest Room.
e. Services Desk and first aid service.
f. Xitou Booklet: including plants, animals, flowers and insects for free, which is for promotion and education.
8. The Leader Hotel and Resort Ltd has been entrusted to operate Xitou Restaurant and Hotel since 1 April 2004.


 Facilities in the Nature Education Area 
1. Leisure Facilities
About Electrical Car
Electrical Car
Brief introduction Able to enter the recreational area and provides guidance and introduction of activities in the recreational area.
Related features Priority usage to the physically challenged, old people, pregnant women or children with particular illness.
Location Inside the Xitou Forest Recreational Area.
Hours of operation From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; also operates in coordination with the recreational area's open hours.

Usage and management rules of the Electrial Car
Usage and management rules of the Electrial Car
A、 Purpose:
These rules are set to: provide an opportunity for physically challenged elderly, women and children, as well as the handicaps, to enter the recreational area and to offer them guidance and introduction of activities around the area; also to maintain the air quality in the recreational area.
B、 Service target:
1. Handicaps or physically challenged.
2. Elderly or someone with severe illness.
3. Pregnant women or children with particular illness.
4. Other visitors can apply the usage only if no one applied with the above three conditions.
C、 From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; also operates in coordination with the recreational area's open hours.
D、 How to apply and the charge of usage:
1. Reservation for the usage of this electrical car is required. Please fill the application to reserve for guidance electrical car, 7 days prior usage. Fax your application to Xitou's Camping area; fax number is 049-2612042. The applicants with conditions 1~3 in the section 2 will be considered first. (Please provide relevant proof documents)
2. If there is no one reservation or there is no special need of using the car for the day, then we will accept applications from general visitors.
3. The charge for guidance, introduction and car cleaning: chartered car is 1000/hr. Prior usage to people with handicap proof.
4. This electrical car provides services of guidance and introduction to the recreational area.
E、 Driving routes:
1. From the office through university pond's forest trail to university pond. (About one hour for a round trip, including stop and rest time)
2. Form the office through university pond's forest trail to university pond, forest exploring area, university pit's ecological education area of mudflows. (About two hours for a round trip, including stop and rest time)
3. From the office through university pond's forest trail to Zhuluand sky passage. (About one hour for a round trip, including stop and rest time)
4. From the office through university pond's forest trail to Zhulu, sky passage, divine tree, ginkgo trees and plant evolution area. (About two hours for a round trip, including stop and rest time)
5. From the office through divine tree's forest trail to plant evolution area and ginkgo trees.(About one hour for a round trip, including stop and rest time)
6. From the office through university pond's forest trail to university pond, forest exploring area and university pit's ecological education area of mudflows. Returns to divine tree's forest trail, sky passage, divine tree, ginkgo trees and plant evolution area. (About three hours for a round trip, including stop and rest time)
F、 Terms of usage for Electrical Car and things need to be aware of:
1. In general, the Electrical car drivers are staffs in Xitou camping area, military substitutes with licensed in drive training, and sometimes volunteers if necessary.
2. Verify the relevant safety check prior driving; it is prohibited to jump into or get off while the car is still moving; to avoid any accident, please get off the car when the car is fully stopped.
3. The passengers must follow safe rules and things to be aware of, instructed by the driver.
4. It is prohibited to eat or drink in the Electrical Car.
5. If the passengers feel discomfort during the car ride, please inform the driver to contact the office in Xitou camping area for help.
6. It is prohibited to carry more passengers than permitted or to carry any dangerous items in the Electrical Car.
7. Only drivers are permitted to operate or maintain the Electrical Car.
8. If there is any accident happened during the car ride, please follow the driver's instruction to handle the situation.
9. For any emergency incident, please contact the office of Xitou camping area, at 049-2612210.
2. Shops
Images 內容簡介
Specialty shops
Brief introduction The dinning area of Chinese restaurants has been officially commissioned to the Pacific LeaderHotel Ltd.
Specialty Exclusive DongDing oolong tea, tea plum, variety of books (such as: bamboo related, birds related, common plants in Xitou, etc.), specialty products, gifts, cold beverages.
Location Xitou
Open hour Mon ~ Fri 9:00am ~ 5:00pm
Sat ~ Sun 9:00am ~ 9:00pm
University Pond Kiosk
Brief introduction Sell all variety of products!!
Specialty Exclusive DongDing oolong tea, tea plum, variety of books (such as: bamboo related, birds related, common plants in Xitou, etc.), specialty products, gifts, cold beverages.
Location University Pond
Open hour Mon ~ Fri 9:00am ~ 5:00pm
Sat ~ Sun 9:00am ~ 9:00pm
University Pond – leisure magical flower coffee house
Brief introduction A great opportunity for you to enjoy the time of leisure and relaxation!!
Specialty Great coffee, delicate snacks; offers a great place for relaxation
Location University Pond
Open hour Mon ~ Fri 9:00am ~ 5:00pm
Sat ~ Sun 9:00am ~ 9:00pm

3. Relevant facilities
Tourist Service Center  To rent a place from service center, please contact Miss Lee Ya-Lui of Xitou camping area: 049-2612210
Floor Place Max. capacity Meeting room/Time slot/Price Note
8:30-12:00 13:30-17:00 18:30-21:30
Tourist Service Center
2nd floor
 Meeting room 40people 2,000 2,000 2,000 $5,000 per day.
 Briefing room 60people 4,000 4,000 4,000 $10,000 per day.

Terms of usage for renting a place from the service center
Terms of Usage.
A、 Renting rules:
1. For educational speeches or lectures with audiences of 60 people and under.
2. The suitable gathering or activities that are approved by Xitou Forest Recreational Area.
B、 The above charges include rent of facility and tea; for use of audio-video system facilities in the briefing room, the cost is $1000 NT per session or $2000 NT for a full day.
C、 There will be a 30% discount for all of our school units.
D、 50% deposit of total rental is required, and the remaining amount of rental must be paid before the activity is finished.
E、 If Recreational Area has special needs for using the renting places, there should be a notice five days in advance, and refund full amount with no interest applied; no objection or any other compensation will be applied.
F、 For booking cancellation: please contact Xitou camping area five days prior the reserved date, otherwise there will be no refund on the fees paid. This rule is not apply to the cause of natural disasters or any other irresistible reasons.
G、 All facilities in the meeting room, should not be removed or set up without authorization; and users should be cautious on the usage of public properties. The users should be responsible for any damages and a fine will be applied.
H、 If the purpose of usage is inconsistent with the originally registered application or if there is any contrary to the government act, the Recreational Area has the right to stop the usage immediately and will handle the situation according to the law.
I、 All of the above content is according to the rental and management rules of meeting room in the tourist service center of Xitou Forest recreational Area.

Xitou LeaderHoel's meeting facilities  http://www.leaderhotel.com/Xitou/meet.html
4. Pavement system
Images Name of Pavement Material
University Pool Woody Pavement,Woody Narrow Footway
University Pool Pavement Washed Granolith, drawbridge
Stream Coast Pavement Granite Flagging
Divine Tree Pavement Flagging, Concrete
Peaceful Pavement Gravel
Scenery Pavement Washed Granolith, Wood
Forest Bath Pavement Soil, Flagging, Granite
Ginkgo Forest Pavement Granite, Washed Granolith
Bird Watching Pavement Granite, Flagging, Drawbridge
Mountaineering Granite, Flagging
Huge Stone Pavement Flagging
South Range Pavement Granite, Flagging
Dam Crest Pavement Flagging


 Future prospect
01. Increase new signposts and explanation boards for the visitors to understand more about the environment.
02. Provide high quality of recreational environment and become one of a few domestic most popular natural education areas.
03. It is convenient for teaching, practice, experiment and research in order to improve the academic position.
04. Increase the income to reduce the financial problem of the experimental forest.
05. Prosper local economy and improve the income and employment opportunity of the villagers.
06. Increase the income of the forestland.
07. Reduce the hazard to forest that is related to forest administration.
08.

According to the seasonal characteristics of Xitou, the theme of the month or season will be promoted, such as enjoying cherry blossoms, watching firebug at night, hearing the croaking of flog, enjoying Ginkgo and Bamboo. According to the objects in season, the intact ecological briefing and planning are conducted in order to attract the crowd.

09.

The natural resources of Xitou Forest Recreational Area are the main content of ecological travel. Besides, the tourism such as the tea and bamboo art of recreational farming nearby can be added in order to increase the variety of the travel. This will attract more visitors.

10.

Xitou is a natural outdoor classroom. It is the target and the best location to learn about the nature. The forest in Xitou includes forest education, production of timber, territory protection and forest recreation.

11. Establish the weather observation station to provide accurate meteorological information.
 
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