Promotes friendly accessible tours and spreads the information on accessible areas
The Taijiang National Park Headquarters (hereinafter referred to as the Headquarters) was registered and founded on December 28, 2009. The Taijiang National Park is the eighth national park. In addition to its history, nature and industry, the three resource characteristics, the Taijiang National Park bears the mission for developing the aesthetics of national land. It is the first national park of the new generation based on bottom up development and coexist with the local community.
To this day, the Headquarters strives to integrate the recreational resources in the Park and promotes eco-tours. To provide the perfect eco-friendly environment of the Park and serve more people, the Headquarters carried out the “Plan for the Overall Improvement of Accessible Environment in All National Parks” and cooperate with the Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of Interior. The Headquarters carried out this plan with the consideration of daily renovation and the maintenance and management of accessible facilities. Furthermore, overall planning is required for the accessible facilities in the Park. The Headquarters offers friendly accessible tours to enhance the service quality of accessible tours and the public image of the Park as an friendly recreation area.
The Headquarters conducted the initial planning of accessible routes for the existing recreational spots in the Park and the surrounding areas. The objective of the planning is to cope with the aging society and the changes in the overall space use of the environment. The routes were planned based on people-oriented design concept. The Headquarters aims to provide a safe, convenient service quality for the environment. Up until now, the accessible route for the Qigu Area has been completed (Liukong Service Station -> Liukong Wharf or Nanwan Wharf -> Wangzailiao Barrier Island -> Liukong Wharf or Nanwan Wharf -> Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion). The route is planned for half-day and one-day tours.
The Construction and Planning Agency and the Headquarters have entrusted a professional service team to carry out planning and improvement based on the universal design every year since 2011. They aim to ensure that the service facilities of all recreational spots for the tour comply with accessible regulations. The recreation spots include the Liukong Service Station, Liukong Wharf, Nanwan Wharf, Wangzailiao Barrier Island, Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion and Taijiang Academy. The purpose for the planning and improvement is to guarantee the rights of people with physical disabilities to access these spots. The Headquarters announced the accessible area of the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion according to the “Standards for Design of Accessible Facility and Equipment Monitored by the Ministry of the Interior” on July 4, 2017. The announcement indicates that the Headquarters has expanded the services of accessible facilities. The Headquarters posted this announcement to tell visitors about all the existing accessible facilities of the scenic spots.
The Headquarters will announce the expansion of the accessible areas for scenic spots in the Park. Therefore, it will announce the accessible area of the Wangzailiao Barrier Island in 2019 and the one for the Nanwan Wharf in 2021.
The Headquarters completed the self-check for the Wangzailiao Barrier Island according to relevant rules on June 6, 2019. The improvement is in progress. After the improvement is completed, the Headquarters will disclose comprehensive information of accessible facilities, including one entry plaza, three viewing platforms and a 540-meter access trail. The overall slope in the environment is less than 1/20. People with physical disabilities such as the ones on wheelchairs can enjoy the offshore lagoon and windbreakers and pass through the forest path. The Headquarters aims to enhance the service quality of the accessible tours and drive the enhancement and development of the local community and the tourism industry.