Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area

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  • Address:No.153, Da’an Rd., Ren’ai Township, Nantou County 546, Taiwan (R.O.C. View on Map
Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area is located at No. 153, Daan Road in Qin’ai Village, Renai Township, Nantou County. Its altitude ranges around 1100 to 2600 meters above sea level. The area totals around 2787 hectares, and was originally the hunting grounds of the Atayal people. Because of its vastness, it was at first named “Houwanda”, but during the Japanese colonial period it was known by the homophone of “Aowanda”. Aowanda is considered to be alpine river valley terrain and includes a waterfall, forest park, maple forest, and pine forest areas. The waterfall area contains three waterfalls, located within the Naoliao River basin. Because of the changing river terrain, there is the flying falls, grouped falls, and a double waterfall. Aowanda is also rich in water resources. It provides Taipower with water-powered electricity, as well as water for hot spring bathing and drinking. The park features a waterfall trail and a pine maple suspension bridge; underneath the waterfall there is a pond, in addition to the forest park, maple forest area, pine forest area, ecology pond, Haohanpo Trail, and other facilities.
Because of the abundance in water resources, Aowanda is also a water conservation forest area. The park is home to native needles and broad-leafed mixed forests full of towering ancient trees, as well as pine forests, oaks, maples, beeches, Chinese goldthreads, fragrant cedars, and many other plants. The ecology includes mammals, birds, and amphibians such as palm civets, squirrels, mountain goats, Formosan rock macaques, Japanese tree frogs, long-arm beetles and stag beetles. There are also many birds, up to 120 species. The most famous of them all would be the blue magpie. At Aowanda, you may admire the spring cherry blossoms, enjoy the summer waterfalls,and  gaze at the autumn moon and winter maples. Beautiful and different scenery can be found and enjoyed throughout all the seasons, not to mention the streams, magpies, forests, mountain ranges, hot springs, and many more natural landscapes. 

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Everyday 08:00-17:00

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By Car : 
1. National number 1 highway(國道一號), exit Fongyuan offramp(豐原交流道), drive along provincial highway 10 Ja route(10甲省道), switch to provincial highway 3 route(號省道) to Dongshih(東勢), connect to provincial highway 8 route(8號省道) to Dawanlin(大萬嶺), drive towards Hehuanshan(合歡山), turn right onto Productive rd(產業道路) towards Wanda(萬大), then drive towards Aowanda(奧萬大) to reach.

2. 
National number 1 highway(國道一號), from Wangtian offramp (王田交流道), follow provincial highway 14 to Caotun, pass Puli (埔里) to Wushe (霧社). Connect to provincial highway 14 route (14甲省道) to reach Hehuanshan (合歡山). Turn right onto Wanda (萬大), then drive towards Aowanda(奧萬大) to reach.

3. National number 1 highway(國道一號), exit Zhonggang offramp (中港交流道), transfer to Zhongzhang expressway (中彰快速道路), and then national number 3 highway( 國道三號). Exit at Caotun offramp (草屯交流道), head for Zhongtan Road (中潭公路).  Head for Puli (Puwu Road) and follow the indicators at Wushe (approximately 20 km) and you'll arrive. 

4. National number 3 highway(國道三號), exit Caotun offramp(草屯交流道), connect to Tai 14 route(台14線), pass Puli(埔里) to Wushe(霧社), drive along the signs to reach.


By Public Transportation: 
1. Take the Guoguang passenger bus to Puli, and transfer for the Nantou passenger bus. Disembark at Aowanda. You can reach the destination on foot after approximately 11km. 
2. Take the train to Taichung or Nantou Train Station, then transfer for the Nantou passenger bus heading towards Puli. Arrive and disembark at Aowanda Forest Recreation Area.