Mt. Huangzui Ecological Protected Area
The Mt. Huangzui Ecological Protected Area, located on the west side of Yangmingshan National Park, covers about 435 hectares of land and encompasses the area from the ridges of Mt. Huangzui and Mt. Dajianhou to the middle of the mountains. The area remains fairly natural and unspoiled.
The area has an intact conical volcanic landscape, including Mt. Huangzui, Mt. Dajianhou, and Mt. Huangzui's crater lake.
This ecological Protected area features a rich abundance of natural resources, including a total of forty-three different types of birds, such as the Taiwanese blue magpie, the crested serpent eagle, swifts, the plumbeous water redstart, and the Taiwanese whistling thrush, among others. There are fourteen species of mammals, including the Chinese lesser civet, Formosan barking deer, Formosan ferret-badger, etc. Nine kinds of amphibians, seventeen reptiles, four kinds of fish, and 223 insects, including seventy-nine pieces of butterflies, abound. As for plant life, some exotic plants include the East-Chinese Many-flowered May apple (Dysosma pleiantha), Jasminanthes mucronata, Deutzia cordatula, Eriocaulon sexangulare, Ligularia japonica, etc.
Location and Access Routes
Routes open for entry into the Mt. Huangzui Ecological Protected Area:
Two entrances are available for nature-loving visitors to enter the Mt. Huangzui Ecological Protected Area: Qingtiangang and Lujueping.
- Qingtiangang→Mt. Huangzui (including Cuicui Valley) →Qingtiangang
- Lujueping→ Mt. Huangzui (including Cuicui Valley) →Lujueping
- Qingtiangang→Mt. Huangzui (including Cuicui Valley) →Lujueping
What you need to know before applying for entry:
- Visitors wishing to enter the ecological protected area must apply three to thirty business days (not including holidays and weekends) before the desired date of entry through the Yangmingshan National Park Headquarters website (http://eip.ymsnp.gov.tw/apply/apply1/)
Rules and Regulations for the Mt. Huangzui Ecological Protected Area
- Applications are limited to a daily maximum of eight groups. Each group is to be comprised of 3 to 10 people. Visitors must be in groups of more than 3 (a minimum of two adults including the guide). No more than 500 visitors per month.
- Due to the changeable mountain weather conditions, hours of opening are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. All visitors must arrive and depart within this time period. Last entry to the ecological protected area is at 11:00 am. After this time, entry passes will be void. Academic researchers should enter according to their allotted time slots.
- The designated group leaders (must be over the age of 20) should personally lead their groups and be responsible for the safety of their group members. The team leader must also make sure all group members are aware of and respect the park's rules and regulations.
- Team leaders should turn in the detachable portion of their permission letters to the mailbox at Qingtiangang's entrance gates.
- Children under the age of five are not permitted to enter. We do not recommend that elderly visitors and those with disabilities enter due to safety concerns. Please evaluate the risks and be accompanied by a professional if intending to enter.