2018 Taijiang Black-Faced Spoonbill Activity Series
From our special correspondent
Taijiang One-Day Trip: For the 2018 Taijiang black-faced spoonbill season, Headquarters has arranged a series of eco-tourism activities to welcome not only our black-faced spoonbill friends but also visitors to Taijian National Park. (http://car0126.pixnet.net/blog)
Taijiang One-Day Trip: For the 2018 Taijiang black-faced spoonbill season, Headquarters has arranged a series of eco-tourism activities incorporating ecotourism commentary and low-carbon tourism experience for visitors to learn about the national park and the surrounding communities in depth. This is our way to welcome not only our black-faced spoonbill friends but also the public to Taijian National Park.
Each year from October to April of the following year is the migratory bird season at Taijiang National Park because migratory birds will gather there. This year, Headquarters has planned various enjoyable and instructive activities to celebrate the migratory bird season. Here are two highly recommended Taijiang mini-getaways for all families.
【Xihai Tour】Eco-tourism activity
First, there is the Chengxi Community low-carbon green living activity that Headquarters has commissioned Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science to provide. The community residents used local ingredients such as milkfish, white shrimp, oysters, and watermelon rinds to make a low-carbon Xihai-style cuisine featuring local food ingredients. This practice of using seasonal ingredients reduces food miles, while the incorporation of local cuisine into the community eco-tour enables the public to learn about the low-carbon living of Chengxi Community.
To join the tour, please check-in at Chengxi Community Center on the day of the tour. Chengxi Community is built on the land at the inner sea. This land was formed later in the migration history of Taiwan. During the Japanese colonial period, nobody lived in this area; tidal flats, sand dunes, and temporary huts would be all you could see. It wasn’t until the mid-colonial period that people fishing at seaside gradually started to reside there. They used sand from sand dunes to fill up the low-lying areas. Nowadays, only the areas around 501 Lane and 510 Lane of Section 3 of Chengxi Road are solid land where people build their communities.
As for Harbor West Chungsheng Temple, local people requested a statue of Matzu from Tucheng Shengmu Temple in early 1971 so they could worship Maztu. In 2011, a temple was built for Matzu, and on the 14th of the lunar month of March, 2012, the temple was inaugurated, and the Matzu statue was placed in the temple.
Next to the temple, there is a space displaying local culture; you can see various objects used in the drum dance or in everyday life in the early period.
The place also shows all administrative districts of Chengxi village and the temples there. Each year on March 14, Chungsheng Temple will host a large-scale religious ceremony.
Next, visitors will go to the fish pond to take the bamboo raft to go fishing. Afterward, they will enjoy their lunch prepared using local food ingredients. By integrating ecotourism commentary and low-carbon recreation together, a wonderful tour experience is created for people to learn about Taijiang National Park and the surrounding communities.
Chengxi Village sells dried milkfish, and if the visitors are interested in it, they can visit Chengxi activity center.
【Visiting black-faced spoonbills: One-day tour to Dingshan Liukong】
Our second Taijiang mini getaway is to watch black-faced spoonbills during Taijiang’s black-faced spoonbill season. On this tour, we will visit Qigu Dingshan, Fan-shaped salterns, Liukong Visitor Center, Qigu lagoons, Wangtzu Liaoshan, and the Black-Faced Spoonbill Bird-Watching Pavilion.
Each year at this period of time, black-faced spoonbills will come to Taijiang for wintering. Taijiang area is the wintering place used by the highest number of black-faced spoonbills in the world. Recently, more than 1,000 black-faced spoonbills each year have wintered here at Taijiang.
At the bird-watching pavilion, volunteers are scheduled to provide commentary services. Visitors can also use a high-powered telescope to watch birds.
Black-faced spoonbills sometimes can be seen at idled fish ponds if the water level there is good for the birds. They are nocturnal animals, so during the daytime, we can see many black-faced spoonbills resting at the beach or a fish pond.
Visitors will also go to Liukong Visitor Center and take a raft to Qigu lagoons and Wangtzu Liaoshan. Wangtzu Liaoshan is a coastal sandbar to the west of Qigu lagoon. At the center of Wangtzu Liaoshan, there is a windbreak made up of many Casuarina equisetifolia. After walking west crossing the windbreak along the path, we will see the magnificent Taiwan Strait. This place is also the best location for observing coastal plants and dunes.
What catches visitors’ attention first at Liukong Wharf is often the elegant white arc structure along the blue seashore. Liukong Wharf is the place where visitors can take a raft to visit lagoons. This is also the site where Qigu Seafood Festival is held each year.
There is another must-see spot next to Qigu Visitor Center—Western Coastal Express, which has been voted as Taiwan’s most beautiful highway. In fact, Western Coastal Express is one of the few highways in Taiwan that has a scenic trail. Visitors can walk across the bridge over Qigu River to view the beautiful lagoons, stunning sunset, and eye-opening coastal scenery.
On Qigu River Bridge at Western Coastal Express (Provincial Highway No. 61), visitors can enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery in the car or on the bus. On the bridge, there is an observatory platform and pedestrian trail where visitors can view the lagoons from the bridge.
Another excellent place for bird watching is Qigu Dingshan’s bird-watching pavilion, which is located near the idled saltern at Dingshan. This pavilion is a newly built bird-watching place, and many migratory birds stay there for the winter. For birds, this place is excellent because there is enough food but few human beings. As a result, a great variety of birds can be observed there.
Dingshan bird-watching pavilion is a masked two-story building. From the pavilion, one can observe birds from various angles: at the roads on the two sides, above the water, in the air, or near the water. Accessibility facilities are available, too. This is definitely the best bird-watching spot!
The last stop is Qing Khun Sin’s fan-shaped saltern. This place is originally Qigu’s first industrial park, where Taiwan’s salt-making headquarters was located. After the war, this was the only land created from filling up the inner sea and the sand bars.
Currently, the fan-shaped satern has been idled, but the endless water and the poetic scene remain. It is a beautiful place known by few people.