Dongyanshan Recreation Area

    Situated in Xiayun Village of Fuxin Township in Taoyuan County, Dongyanshan (Eastern Eye Mountain) National Forest Recreation Area spans 916 acres and ranges from 650 to 1212 meters above sea level. From its location behind a hill, it halts the advancement of the northeast monsoon. As a result, the climate is warm and comfortable. Since transportation is convenient, the area is perfect for day-trips.

    This area is situated on the foot of the western Snow Mountain range and is part of the Dahan River catchment area. From the peak of Dongyan Mountain, visitors can see the endless ridgeline, Taoyuan, Sanxia, Danshui Rivers and Chixin Mountain; the beauty of the region is indescribable. The most valuable segment in this area is the outcrop along the hiking trail, which has numerous fossils of shells, sea urchins, and foraminifers dating to ancient times when Taiwan was submerged in sea. Among all these fossils, the trace fossils are the most remarkable, because they formed 30,000,000 years ago when crustaceans dug out crevices in the rocks for shelter.This spectacular terrain makes for a wonderful outdoor geological classroom for visitors because its soil has undergone erosion from wind and water passage, sediment transport, sediment deposition, ripple drift, stratification, planar fracture, weathering, and soil drift. Thus, this area has significant research and educational value in the geological sciences.

Address : 35 Siayun Village, Fusing Township, Taoyuan County Tel : (03) 382-1506 Opening hours :08:00~17:00 (Holidays 07:00~17:00) Admission : ‧Mon.~Fri.—Adults NT$80, Children NT$50, Concession NT$10 ‧Weekends & Holidays—Adults NT$100, Children NT$50, Concession NT$10


Ecological Description

    The forest is composed of Japanese Cedar, planted Chinese Fir and natural temperate broadleaf trees, mainly from the Fagaceae and Lauraceae families. Typical plants are Camphore, Incense Nanmu, Red Nanmu, Blue Japanese Oak, Pyrenaria shinkoensis, and Tumor-footed Fern. However, the most beautiful tree is the Taiwanese Azalea, which blossoms from March until April. The road outside the forest is surrounded by Taiwanese Cotton Rose, which blossoms each autumn. Its color changes from pink in the morning to rose at noon, and red in the evening, earning the flower the nickname of “Versatile Beauty.” Throughout the day, visitors can listen to the beautiful songs of the melodious Laughing Thrush and Strong-footed Bush Warbler in the grasslands of Giant Miscanthus, The music composed by cicadas, mole crickets, 7 species of frogs and 43 species of birds resonate throughout this mountainous area. Self-guided trails with descriptions of plants and tools (such as cables, trams and wooden tracks) used by the logging industry in the early days are specifically noted. These descriptions provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the mysteries of nature and serve as reminders of difficulties faced in the olden days. If visitors still desire to know more, it is recommended that they complete the entire 7.4-kilometer “Dongman Trail,” which leads to the Manyueyuan National Forest Recreation Area and showcases the rich biodiversity in this area.

The abundance of biological and geological resources in Dongyanshan provides numerous exciting opportunities for hiking, bird-watching, sightseeing, and learning about plants and the lay of the land. Since this recreational area also has an ecosystem showroom and classroom, it is considered the best model for natural history education among all the national forest recreational areas.