Forest Ecological Exhibition Center
 The Landmark of Xitou- University Pond
 Visitor Center
 Prof. Wang Memorial Pavilion
 Giant Tree
 Ginkgo The Grandfather Tree
 Bamboo Cottage
 Bamboo House
 Mt. Fenghuang Overlook and Astronomical Observatory
 Exercise Lawn
 Nursery
 Giant Rock
 Wandering about on the trails
 Campground
 Sky Walk
 Forest exploring
 Plant evolution exploring
 Forest Ecological Exhibition Center
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Small Study Room This room contains more than 400 books related to ecology; most are suitable for the entire family.

﹡Computer Room: Visitors have access to multimedia computer programs that let them choose the films they want to watch.
﹡Multimedia Room: Ecology films are shown on the 180-inch screen.
﹡Exhibition Area: The exhibits present information on forest ecology, and wood and bamboo furniture and animal specimens are on display.
 The Landmark of Xitou- University Pond
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Originally, University Pond was created to keep logs moist. Later, the pond became the representative landmark of Xitou. The pond is frog heaven in spring and summer.


 Visitor Center
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At the Visitor Center, visitors can purchase entrance tickets, obtain information on lodging and transportation, and become a member of the Friends of Xitou. Interpreters provide information about the natural ecology of the Xitou area. In addition, there is emergency first aid, a nursing room and a conference room.
 Prof. Wang Memorial Pavilion
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From the Pavilion, you have a good view of the topography of Xitou. Looking north, the peak on the right is Mt. Fenghuang; the peak on the left is Mt.Neishupi.


 Giant Tree
Giant Tree
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There is a huge boulder inside the Giant Tree. Although the center is mostly rotted out and hollow, the giant tree lives on, a testament to the tenacity of life.



 Ginkgo The Grandfather Tree
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During Japanese rule, the Taiwan branch of Tokyo University Experimental Forest planted this ginkgo forest, the only one in Taiwan. The ginkgo trees undergo distinct and unforgettable seasonal changes: new leaves in the spring, lush green growth in the summer, golden leaves in the fall and bare branches pointing at the winter sky. Because the ginkgo grows slowly, the people who plant the seed will be old, with many grandchildren by the time the seed is a mature tree. Therefore, the ginkgo is also called the grandfather tree.
 Bamboo Cottage
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This architecturally unique bamboo cottage is located in the quiet Moso bamboo forest. It was designed by the famous architect Mr. Pao-Teh Han. Moso bamboo is a temperate, spreading species and forms an elegant bamboo forest.
 Bamboo House
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The entire house and all the furniture inside are made of bamboo. The furniture is elegant in design and highly sought after.


 Mt. Fenghuang Overlook and Astronomical Observatory
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The Mt. Fenghuang logging road ends on a ridge where there are two overlooks and an astronomical observatory. When the weather is nice, visitors can see Sun Moon Lake and the surrounding mountains. The observatory houses a 63cm-diameter, Newton telescope. Real-time images of the heavens can be transmitted to the Forest Ecological Exhibition Center.


 Exercise Lawn
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The exercise lawn was installed at the end of the cable system (Liulong) used to transport logs across the difficult terrain. The cable system was damaged by typhoon Toraji in 2001. The terminus was transformed into an outdoor, open space. The gradually sloping lawn is surrounded by scenic mountains and is an excellent venue for watching outdoor performances.
 Nursery
溪頭苗圃
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Most plants in the nursery are conifer seedlings. There are a smaller number of ornamental plant seedlings.



 Giant Rock
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The Giant Rock was originally part of the rock formation on the cliff. During the big earthquake on September 21, 1999, the rock broke off the cliff and tumbled to its present position. Its dimensions are 18m x 15m x 12m, its volume is 540 m3 and it weighs 1300 tons. The base of the Giant Rock has been reinforced. Now it is symbolic of the 9/21 earthquake at Xitou.
 Wandering about on the trails
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The Xitou Forest Recreation Area has a network of trails. The trails vary in difficulty and are covered with different materials. You can wander around in the woods at your own pace on trails that match your ability. Most trails are easy to walk and are suitable for families. Use a trail map and the table, right, to help you plan your walk.

No. Name Substrate Time
01. University Pond Wood Chip wood chips, boardwalk 20 mins
02. University Pond concrete, suspension bridge 20 mins
03. Scenic washed pebbles, wood chips 25 mins
04. Quiet pebbles 15 mins
05. Giant Tree rock slabs, concrete 35 mins
06. Riverside granite, rock slabs, washed pebble 35 mins
07. Gingko granite, washed pebbles 15 mins
08. Forest Shower soil, rock slabs, granite 50 mins
09. Giant Rock rock slabs 5 mins
10. Hiking granite, rock slabs 40 mins
11. Fenghuang Mt. Ridge granite, rock slabs 60 mins
12. Bird Watching granite, rock slabs, boardwalk,suspension bridge 50 mins
13. Earth Father Luen soil, rock slabs, 60 mins
Flat: 1, 2, 7
Gradual slope: 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12
Steeper slope: 8, 10, 13



 Campground
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The Camground is located at the upper end of the parking lot. It provides a place for barbecues, campfires and camping.



 Sky Walk
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This is the first sky walk in a forest in Taiwan. The walkway is 180 m long and 22.6 m (that's seven stories!) above the ground. The green forest canopy cleanses the air naturally and provides habitat and shelter for epiphytes, tree-dwelling animals, insects and fungi. From the walkway, you can experience life in the treetops and observe how it changes with the four seasons.


 Forest exploring area
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It is the first forest exploring area in Taiwan. It combines with the big forest, purl streams and rich ecological resources. With the three different routes including amphibious, birds and reptile, and eight checkpoints (ecology explanation), you will have new experience and surprise on forest.
 Plant evolution exploring area
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In the terrace field of nursery, the visiting route enters the geological epoch in order and the typical plants for each stage are collected. In addition to simulating smoke in volcano by water spray, the innovative large wooden dinosaur and tree fern are included. It is the best location for ecological education and study.


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 Suggesting Travel Routes:

Date Itinerary Grade
 Half-day Visitor Center → Administration → Nursery → Ginkgo Plantation → (Ginkgo Trail 885M) → Bamboo Cottage → (University Pond Logging Road 1075M) → University Pond → (University Pond Trail 900M ) → Parking Lot 2 B
Visitor Center → Administration → Nursery → Ginkgo Plantation → (Riverside Trail 1500M)→ Giant Tree → (Giant Tree Trail 1625M) → Parking Lot 2 C
Visitor Center → (University Pond Trail 900M)→ University Pond → (Uiversity Pond Logging Road 1075M) → Banboo Cottage → (Giant Tree Trail 1250M) → Giant Tree → (Riverside Trail 1225M)→ Ginkgo Plantation→ Prof. Wang Memorial Pavilion → Administration B
Visitor Center → (University Pond Trail 900M) → University Pond → (University Pond Logging Road 1075M) → Banboo Cottage → (Giant Tree Trail 900M) → Ginkgo Plantation → Prof. Wang Memorial Pavilion → Bamboo Arboretum → Red Tower A
Visitor Center → Administration → Banboo Cottage → (Giant Tree Trail 1250M) → Giant Tree → (Giant Tree Logging Road 1250M) → Exercise Lawn → (Scenic Trail 975M) → University Pond → (University Pond Trail 900M) → Parking Lot 2 B
Visitor Center → Administration → Banboo Cottage →( University Pond Wood Chip Trail 1075M) → University Pond → (University Pond Trail 900M) → Parking Lot 2 A
 Full-day Visitor Center → Administration → Nursery → Ginkgo Plantation → Giant Tree → (Fenghuang Logging Road 1100M) → Giant Rock → (Fenghuang Logging Road 1100M) → Giant Tree → (Giant Tree Logging Road 1250M) → Banboo Cottage →(University Pond Wood Chip Trail 1075M) → University Pond → (University Pond Trail 900M) → Parking Lot 2 C
Visitor Center → Administration → Nursery → Ginkgo Plantation → (Riverside Trail 1500M) → Giant Tree → (Giant Tree Logging Road 1250M) → Exercise Lawn → (Scenic Trail 975M) → University Pond → (University Pond Logging Road 1075M) → Bamboo Cottage → Parking Lot 2 B
Visitor Center → Bamboo Cottage → (Giant Tree Logging Road 1250M) → Giant Tree → (Fenghuang Logging Road 1100M) → Giant Rock → (Fenghuang Logging Road 1100M) → Giant Tree → (Giant Tree Logging Road 1250M) → Ginkgo Plantation → Nursery →Forest Ecological Exhibition Center → Parking Lot 2 A
 Two-day

Visitor Center → Administration → Nursery →Ginkgo Plantation → (Riverside Trail 1500M) → Giant Tree →(Giant Tree Logging Road1250M) → Bamboo Cottage → Forest Ecological Exhibition Center → Lodging Area
Lodging Area → (Bird Watching Trail 1950M) → (Hiking Trail 2400M ) Mt. Fenghuang Overlook and Astronomical Observatory → Fenghuang Logging Road 4600M) → Giant Rock → (Fenghuang Logging Road 1100M)→ Giant Tree → (Giant Tree Logging Road 1250M) → Parking Lot 2

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A:Leisure B:Easy C:Challenge

 
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