taijiang national park

Like Kenting National Park, Taijiang was hard to pin down. Perhaps because the park was divided into five zones — the ecological protected area, the scenic area, the cultural/historical area, recreational area and the existing used area. This last one was where oyster farms, aquaculture ponds, temples and villages filled land and waterways and wiped away the feel of a national park that covered both land and sea.

Sicao fish ponds, Taijiang National Park

The Taijiang Visitor’s Center was impressive. Located near Yanshui River estuary and Sicao Lake, it had displays of the types of environments and creatures found in the park. The region was important for migratory birds where nearly 400 different species had been recorded. Everywhere I’d looked, I’d spotted birds so this fact wasn’t a surprise.

Oyster racks, Sicao Inner Sea, Taijiang National Park

The national park would have been better to visit with my own transport. This realization came on Sunday when the buses were more regular, but on Sunday there were crowds. Worse still, guides shouted facts to their bus tour groups. I returned Monday when it was quiet, but the bus service wasn’t as often, and I discovered it only went on weekends to the bird viewing reserves.

Beishanwei Wetlands, Taijiang National Park