Zishalishali Trail

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Maolin District

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    Zishalishali Trail

The Zishalishali Trail sits in the Maolin Eco Park and can be accessed by the butterfly-sighting trail in the park.

Zishalishali is a word in the Lukai language, meaning “a place with abundant shell ginger.” Since mountains did not have proper names back then, the indigenous people would refer to them with trees or other plants growing in a mountain to identify them.

The whole trail is 3.7 kilometers long, and it takes 50 minutes to walk through it. However, only the first 2.1 kilometers in the Maolin Eco Park is open to the public. The trail is also part of an important migration destination for purple crow butterflies in winter, in addition to having an abundance of bird and insect species. Visitors are hence strongly advised against disturbing the migrating butterflies or destroying their habitat.

Visitors are recommended to spend one and a half hours here. They can park their cars in the Eco Park’s parking lot. They are advised against destroying the surrounding environment when watching butterflies. 

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Maolin Dist., Kaohsiung City



  • Longitude/Latitude:120.66442/22.88863
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    Zishalishali Trail
    4.2 4stars 151 reviews
    3stars 4 months ago

    I recommend starting from the visitor center and ending here :) it is alot emptier here, due to lack of butterfly host plants.

    Saou-Wen Su (Stephen)
    5stars 2 years ago

    Really mazed to see hundreds of people butterflies migrating here for winter time 🤟 Totally what an experience hiking around.

    Liao Salome
    5stars 7 years ago

    So many purple butterflies in winter

    5stars 7 months ago

    My first visit on May 1st, no butterflies left. It is recommended that you park your car in the parking lot opposite the entrance of the Butterfly Appreciation Trail, and take the Butterfly Appreciation Trail to the Zishali Shali Trail in a circle, which is about three kilometers. The Zishali Shali Trail is easy to walk and has no stairs.

    5stars 3 weeks ago

    It was the first time in my life that I saw so many butterflies

    Last Update:2023-10-25

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