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Ecological Exploration One Day Trips Route B

As the steps of winter arrive, flocks of purple crow butterflies begin reporting in. At the butterfly viewing path in the Maolin Ecological Park you can come in close contact with this world-class scenery. We suggest that visitors participate in the “Two Year Butterfly Viewing Event” held by the Administration, where you will be able to listen to detailed explanations by professional guides on Purple Crow Butterflies. You will definitely gain a more profound understanding of their habits and life cycle.

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  • Purple Butterfly Valley
    Purple Butterfly Valley

    Every winter, it is estimated that at least a million Euploeini butterflies glide on their purple wings to the holy mountain of Rukai and Paiwan Tribes in southern Taiwan and take shelter in warm valleys at the foot of Dawu Mountain. About six hundred thousand butterflies overwinter in "Purple Butterfly Valley", which is one of only two mass overwintering sites known in the world, along with the Monarch butterfly's overwintering site in Mexico. Purple Butterfly Valleys only exists in the medium and low altitude regions of Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Taitung County, and in the traditional homelands of the Paiwan and Rukai Tribes. At present there are about twenty butterfly gathering places known in Taiwan, and the Maolin area of Kaohsiung City alone is home to at least seven.

  • Duona High Suspension Bridge
    Duona High Suspension Bridge

    Location: It is located approximately 200m from the entrance to Meiya Valley at Longtoushan. A side road between Wanshan and Duona leads to this suspension bridge that is 232m long and 103m high.

  • Longtoushan

    Longtoushan, also known as Dragon Head Mountain, is about 22 hectares in area. It is also an unusual circular hill, with high mountains surrounding its three sides.

  • Shetoushan

    Shetoushan, also known as Snake Head Mountain, is located opposite of Longtoushan, and they both have the unique topographical qualities created by a meandering stream. Over time, deposits of earth and stones pile up and become a part of the mountains, creating landforms that resemble the head and tongue of a hundred-pace snake today. Geologists take interest in this phenomenon and these mountains set perfect examples of topography produced by meandering stream in Taiwan.

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Last Update:2021-11-02

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