Natural legend in metropolis Tzaishan /城市自然傳奇─柴山
Located in the southern shore of Kaohsiung, Tzaishan is one of the citizens' best choice for exercise and recreation since the convenient wooden paths are set up.
Tzaishan wooden path is the main route for mountain climbing and exercising, and the ecological environment around is also the most original. Entering at the Dragon Eye Well, climbing up a little tougher hill, you can see the wooden path. If you prefer other routes, you may choose another way to the Hero slope (Hao-han-po), which is a tougher one. Walking along the wooden path, you will pass by Fujia valley, Yatso sitting area, Careless valley, Hsiao-ping-ting and so on, which provide an excellent view of Taiwan Strait. Animals along the route such as moneys and squirrels attract many visitors. Free drinks are offered by volunteers to every mountain climbers at the sitting area.
Animals at Tzaishan
Tzaishan plays an essential role in Taiwan's ecological history, be it birds, vegetation, insects or squirrels. Among them, Formosan macaques are the most popular. Due to frequent contact with human beings, they are no longer as wild as they were in the past. The visitors' feeding has a great impact on the macaques' abilities of hunting food by themselves; moreover, it may result in overweight macaques. Some aggressive macaques may even attack the visitors for grabbing more food, and this will lead to great danger.
Formosan macaques on the mountain bring visitors great pleasure. Many people come all the way from other places to see them. It's not unusual to have macaques at areas of lower altitude in Taiwan; however, to have such a large amount of macaques in suburbs close to downtown can not often be seen elsewhere. Besides the Monkey Rock, Fujia valley and Grand alley at the foot of North Tzaishan, macaques can also be spotted at National Sun Yat-sen University and South Tzaishan. Sometimes people can even find them at nearby residence.
People who have ever visited Tzaishan will agree that it's a living land. We strongly suggest that visitors should not destroy its environment, keep the ecological circle completed for everyone.
Both entrances of South and North Tzaishan are located on Kushan Road. There is no parking lot at the entrance of North Tzaishan's wooden path, but the parking spaces by the road of Neiwei elementary school are available. If you arrive Tzaishan at the south entrance, you may use the charged parking lot at the zoo. Bus 56 from Kaohsiung train station and bus31, bus219 between Yancheng and Tsoying are also recommended for visitors to Tzaishan. Generally speaking, it takes no more than a day to visit Tzaishan. Therefore, if you intend to visit only part of Tzaishan, half a day's tour will be quite enough.