Qingtiangang is a lava terrace formed when the lava from Mt. Zhugao flowed north after its eruption. Because of its flat terrain, a ranch was established and the area was used as a pasture for grazing cattle during the Japanese occupation. The grassland is currently made up mainly of carpet grass and crenate-leaved eureya.
Address: No. 246, Lane 101, Jingshan Road, Shilin District, Taipei City 11192
Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed on the last Monday of each month (if a national holiday falls on a Monday, this area will also be closed on Tuesday) and Lunar New Year's Eve.
Telephone number: (02) 2861-5404, (02) 2861-2414; Gift shop: (02) 2861-3951
Information on sights and things to do in the park.
Complimentary informational films.
Guide books, souvenirs, food, and beverages are available for purchase.
The Qingtiangang Visitor Center parking lot includes 112 spaces for passenger vehicles and 86 spaces for motorcycles.
A parking fee will be charged.
Attention please all visitors:
There are wild cattle in the Qingtiangang grasslands. For your own safety, please do not approach them.
In order to preserve the local habitat, please do not enter fenced-off and/or restricted areas.
The weather may change very quickly in this area. Hikers are advised to be properly prepared and bring warm clothing and rain gear.
The digging of minerals and rocks, picking of flowers and/or plants (including herbs and awn flowers), capture of wild animals and/or insects, feeding of fish and/or animals is prohibited. Carrying any of the park's natural resources out of the park is also prohibited.
Please do not litter, talk loudly, barbecue, camp, fly kites, paraglide, burn offerings/make religious sacrifices, set off firecrackers, or perform any other dangerous acts.
For other prohibited acts please consult the National Parks Act.
Qingtiankeng Service Station (click to enlarge)
In 1934 the Japanese set up the Daling Ranch (which encompasses Qingtiangang, Lengshuikeng and Mt. Qigu) and planted carpet grass. In 1952 the Republic of China Government set up Yangmingshan Ranch. Now the ranch is managed by the Taipei Farmer’s Association. The cattle grazing there belong to farmers from the Beitou, Shilin and Jinshan areas and grazing fees are required. The ranch is open from April to November of each year and closed from December to the following March due to the harsh winter weather).
“Wind on Yangmingshan, rain at Zhuzihu and Jinbaoli Trail” is a traditional Taiwanese saying naming the sites of Yangmingshan. Jinbaoli Trail, also known as the Fishermen’s Trail (Yulu Historical Trail), is the most representative cultural historic trail within the park. It served as the connecting road between Jinshan (Jinbaoli) and Shilin (Bazhilan).
In early years, fisheries flourished in the Jinshan coastal area. Fishermen wore their straw sandals and made their way over Qingtiangang to Shilin and Dadaocheng to sell their catch. Thus, the trail was also known as “Fishermen’s Trail”. Jinbaoli Trail was an important communication and trade road in the past. In addition to transporting fish, items such as tea, sulfur and cattle； Wedding processions and even military personnel were dependent on this trail.
Due to nature and human forces, the only parts of the trail that remain relatively intact are the northern portion from Jinshan Bayan's Liufeng Villa south to Yangmingshan Shanzaihou's Jinshan Village. The Jinbaoli Trail that we referred nowadays is the trail that was restored by the Yangmingshan National Park in 1996 and mostly covers to the portion of the trail from Jinshan's Bayan to Qingtiangang's Lintounie. The southern part from Lintounie to Jinshan Village passes through Juansi Waterfall and is therefore known as the Juansi Waterfall Trail.
Fu-de-zheng-shen, also known as Tudigong (or Earth God).The Tudigong Temple at Lingtounie was moved from Mt. Zhuzi to the current spot over 200 years ago. On the temple’s door is the engraved couplet, “Linggao is a blessed place, there are gods wherever one's head is raised”.
Mt. Zhugao looks down below the vast surrounding grassy lowlands and is a good vantage point. From the mountaintop fort the whole greater Taipei area can be seen. The trails here form a self-contained, circular system. In addition to enjoying the beautiful hills, whether walk around or sitting visitors will have the feeling of Zen-like meditation.Mt. Zhugao is a cone-shaped volcano. The amount of grassland on the mountain is comparable to Taiyanggu, making it one of the best places for outings.
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Entire body millet-red. Short beak that resembles the shape of a parrot's beak but smaller. Tail is longer than the body. Hops and skirts among the grass and underbrush, not a good flyer. Prefers low-lying branches and underbrush near the ground. Very noisy when foraging.
Chinese bamboo partridge
The body is round and chubby, lead-gray with white spots. Lower abdominal orange-brown with brown spots on either side. Beak is short and curves downwards, wings short and round, legs thick and strong. They are not good flyers. They feed on seeds, tender leaves, berries and insects in the ground. An elusive species not prone to flight. Often inhabits surface level of forests and grasslands. The Chinese bamboo partridge nests on the ground. Chicks mature quickly. Call: A loud and repetitive 'ki-ko-kuai' sound.
Crested serpent eagle
Beak and talons sharp and curved. Feeds on small animals. A large eagle with a crest. When in flight a distinctive white bar can be seen on the underside of its wings. Wings point slightly up when in flight. Emits a loud call while flying and is the noisiest bird of prey in Taiwan.
The rabbit is an endemic sub-species of the Leporidae family and has a habitat that ranges from level ground to mountains of up to 2,500 meters high. Within Yangmingshan National Park, the Formosan rabbit can be found on the borders of agricultural areas, forests, shrubs, and prairies. It is an herbivore and has a gray-brown protective coloration, and it multiplies rapidly with three to four litters annually.
Latin name: Heloniopsis umbellata Bak.
It is an annual herb with a thick and short rhizome. Leaves extend from the base in a rosulate arrangement. It has a single scape with sparse and scaly leaves. The raceme is apical and densely packed. The flowers are funnel-shaped with nectaries.
Latin name: Axonopus affinis Chase
Carpet grass belongs to the family Poaceae. Leaves are alternately arranged with a slight V-shaped fold at the leaf base. The grass in soft and pliable with colors ranging from green to yellow-green and sometimes dark red. Leave tips are dull and slightly round with a loose leaf sheath. The base overlaps. The inflorescence is spike-shaped, delicate with a finger-like arrangement. Flowering season is July to August. The stigma is purple. It is a perennial, low creeping grass.
Sapphire berry sweet leaf
Latin name: Symplocos chinensis (Lour.) Druce
The sapphire berry sweet leaf is a deciduous plant. The entire plant is covered with hairs. The leaves are alternately arranged with a paper-like texture. The length is 4 to 7 centimeters and width, 1 to 4.5 centimeters. The tip can be dull, sharp or a short caudate. The base is wedge shaped with glandular serrated edges. The surface of the leave has little hairs and the underside has soft, gray-white hairs. Flowering season is from March to April. Flowers resemble little white tufts.
Latin name: Rhododendron oldhamii Maxim.
Oldham's rhododendron is a large evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae with heights reaching 3 meters. Lanceolate leaves with a paper-like texture grow on the branches. The leaves can be elongated ovals to an oval, egg-like shape. The entire shrub is covered with yellow-brown glandular hairs (trichomes). One to three flowers grow on each inflorescence. The corolla is red and about 4 centimeters wide. Flowering season is from March to April. When in full bloom, the sight of its bright red flowers juxtaposed with the green leaves of neighboring fragrant maple is quite beautiful.
Latin name: Eurya crenatifolia (Yamamoto) Kobuski
Crenate-leafed eurya belongs to the family Theaceae. It has tiny, hard, leathery leaves that grow in alternate arrangements in a tight formation. Leaves are 1 to 3 centimeters long with fine teeth and a slightly dimpled tip. The leaf is arched with pinnate veins. Coinciding edges meet to form a mesh. Crenate-leafed eurya has small, hard, leathery leaves, and its flowering season lasts from January to February. The flowers emit a scent reminiscent of cow dung. It is an endemic species found in grasslands in the mid-altitude range from 1,300 to 2,300 meters.
Gentiana davidaii Franch var. formosana (Hayata) T. N. Ho
Latin name: Gentiana davidaii Franch var. formosana (Hayata) T. N. Ho
The corolla of Gentiana davidii var. formosana is light blue with white petals. Flowering season is from June to July. It is a resilient plant and does not die easily. It can be seen in sunny grasslands as well as between cracks of boulders on top of mountains.
Latin name: Melastoma candidum D. Don
Known for its large, bright, and purple-red flowers, the common melastoma is a low altitude small evergreen shrub. After the long process of evolution the shrub has developed a remarkable adaptability with a high tolerance to acid, sulfur and infertile soil. It can be used as an indicator plant for acidic soils. It is also tolerant against pests, wind, and air pollution.