Neidong Recreation Area

    Situated in southeastern Xinshian Village in Wulai Township of Taipei County, the 1191-hectare Neidong National Forest Recreational Area ranges from 230 to 800 meters above sea level. Due to the Neidong and Nanshih Creeks, which run through the recreational area, and dense forest blocking the cold wind, the incredibly humid climate is mild with a mean annual temperature of 20oC. With abundant anion and phytoncid, Neidong is the best forest bath area in northern Taiwan.

    This area is surrounded by waterfalls, streams and forests. Nanshih Creek is deep and wide with clear water and numerous stones on its river bank. There is a pleasant Sand Creek Fall near the entrance of Neidong. Neidong Creek is narrow, and rapidly flowing water cuts the valley into a steep ravine. The result is a three-tier waterfall with an abundance of silk-like water flowing adjacent to the forest. When visitors come to the falls, they hear its roaring and riveting sounds. Especially since the upper waterfall is 13 meters high, its splashes and the cool air feel particularly refreshing. This waterfall contains the highest level of anion at 50,000 or greater anions per cubic centimeter. The waterfall makes visitors feel calm and may also help improve the immune system. Subsequently, sensing the vitality of the forest, many visitors come here for the physical and mental health benefits. This area seems to relieve visitors from all of their worries.

Location : No.40 Taipei County Wulai Township Sinsian Village Tel :(02) 2661-7358 Opening hours : 08:00~17:00 Admission : ‧Mon.~Fri.—Adults NT$65, Children NT$40, Concession NT$10 ‧Weekends & Holidays—Adults NT$80, Children NT$40, Concession NT$10


    The forests here are downwards-sloping subtropical forests, with natural forest composed of Zamphor, Nanmu and Ficus. The typical trees are Wulai Tanok, Large-leaf Nanmu, and Turpinia Formosana. The humid environment is suitable for ferns and epiphytes. There are 65 species of fern along a trail merely a few hundred meters in length. The common tree fern on the sunny side of the valley may make visitors feel as if they were in the Jurassic dinosaur era. Taiwanese Begonia along the trail is most beautiful in spring and summer. Cicadas and frogs such as the Emerald Green Tree Frog and Swinhoe’s Frog seem to play a beautiful nature symphony. Each spring and summer, the songs of frogs earn Neidong the nickname of "Wawa Valley." In addition, birds such as the Taiwanese Blue Magpie, Taiwanese Whistling Thrush, and Yellow-Throat Minivet are also fascinating. Gorgeous and colorful butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies come into view near the streams and among the flowers, making the landscape even more lovely.