Fall Eco-Tours in Taiwan, Black-Faced Spoonbill Watching, Leisure Travel to Taiwan’s Four Outermost Points, Join the Taiwan Birdathon
Taiwan attracts thousands of endangered black-faced spoonbills annually with its warm climate, unique wetland ecosystem, and comprehensive conservation efforts.
Conservation agencies recently discovered that Taiwan has become a favorable southern home for even more black-faced spoonbills. This year, the number of black-faced spoonbills inhabit Taiwan breaks a 12-year record. Many of them apparently fell in love with Taiwan and stayed for the whole year rather than flying back north to get away from the summer season. This new phenomenon sparks an array of exciting events organized by the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area in southern Taiwan – the main winter habitat of the black-faced spoonbill – and other related units, including “Light up Taiwan” that begun in July, “Taiwan Birdathon” in November, and Taijiang National Park’s “Taijiang Black-faced Spoonbill Season” in October.
Every migration season, thousands of black-faced spoonbills gather at the estuary of Zengwen River, a tidal mudflat in Qigu. Visitors can participate in the fun activity of collecting stamps on their travel with the purchase of the limited edition “Taiwan Four-Lighthouse Pass” and “Slow Tour Taiwan” booklet, then visit the “Black-Faced Spoonbill Ecology Exhibition Hall” to learn more about the birds’ behavior and habitat. Eco-plays and DIY craft activity are available during the spoonbill season. Taijiang boasts exquisite waterfront scenery with a unique salt field culture. Visitors can take a raft ride through the “Sicao Mangrove Preserve (Zhufagang Canal)” which is known as the Amazon River of Taiwan and paddling through the mangrove waterway brings you to a travelers’ favorite photo opportunity called the “Kiss of Angels.”
“The Southwest Coast National Scenic Area of Taiwan encompasses high mountains at an altitude of almost 3,000 feet with a highly diverse range of bird species. Birdwatchers can observe a myriad of waterfowl, mountain birds, and migratory birds from tropical to boreal origins, as well as rare endemic species. Registration for the 2016 Taiwan Birdathon is now open. Teams of contestants will compete fairly and honestly by whoever spots the greatest number of different bird species with their eyes and ears in the 30-hour time limit.The first competition was held last year; We welcome all bird lovers to participate in this year’s second iteration. This summer also marks the route launch of the “National Palace Museum Southern Branch” which connects Chiayi’s high speed rail station with 15 attraction stops around the tourist attraction. The new 50km route commenced service on July 9th and makes visiting the National Palace Museum Southern Branch even more convenient. Travelers can easily stop by other popular attractions such as the Bantaoyao Crafts Studio of Jiao-Zhi Pottery & Chien-Nien, the rustic Suantou Zhecheng Cultural Park where tourists can enjoy a ride on a sugarcane train, and the irresistibly cute Jingbu Cat World. In order to promote backpacking via public transportation, the Tourism Bureau of Chiayi County also offers a NT$100 hop-on hop-off bus pass valid for 4 times use and not limited to be used on the day of purchase. This pass also comes with exclusive deals from 40 different shops around the area,” says Mr. Brad Shih, the Director of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Los Angeles Office.
Tours combining nature and culture to Southern Taiwan are becoming more and more popular. Besides enjoying the convenience of traveling as backpackers, tour packages dedicated to the North America tourists are also available. The American Asian Travel Center has a new “Southern Taiwan Deluxe 8 Days” package that focuses on the three southwest counties. The itinerary includes the National Palace Museum Southern Branch, Qigu Lagoon, and the Black-faced Spoonbill Ecology Exhibition Hall as well as the Waisandin Barrier Island, Tainan Ten Drum Cultural Village, and the Class-1 historic site, Chihkan Tower. Differs with the bustling vibe of the north and the stunning view of the east, Southern Taiwan has its own idyllic charm. Intertwined with a rich history that is traceable to an agricultural era and distinct cultural landscapes, Southern Taiwan is a land of timeless charisma well worth a visit. For more information, please contact the American Asian Travel Center at http://www.americaasia.com or call (626) 607-0178.
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