Taiwan’s Yangmingshan National Park – home to hot springs, lush forests, cherry blossoms, hiking trails, subtropical climate zones and the country’s largest dormant volcano – has been declared the world’s first official Urban Quiet Park.
Taiwan’s government and California-based non-profit organisation Quiet Parks International made the announcement on World Environment Day on 5 June.
Urban Quiet Parks are defined as a natural area in or near a city that offers culturally relevant quiet experiences to urban dwellers.
Located to the north of Taipei Basin, close to the Greater Taipei area,, Yangmingshan National Park attracts more than four million visitors per year.
Yangmingshan features a widely varying terrain, diverse ecology, and is home to numerous protected species, including one of Taiwan’s endemic bird species – the Formosan Blue Magpie.
Taiwanwese environmental journalist Laila Fan said: “With lush forests, ice cold spring, and natural sounds of birds and insects by the trail, Yangmingshan is a wonderland that can help cleanse our body, clear our mind, and claim our spirit…The world is facing the epidemic crisis this year. We need to pay attention to our physical and mental health, learn to listen to Mother Nature.”
Future Urban Quiet Parks are planned for Stockholm, New York, London, and Portland. It is understood that as many as 50 more Urban Quiet Parks may follow Yangmingshan over the next ten years, according to Quiet Parks International.
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