Tuesday, August 17, 2010

{{ what? a rooster in the house! halt! }}

Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park is one of the most popular public parks in Northern Kaohsiung. The site used to be a landfill, but after years of planning and executing, the park now treats 19 million cubic meters of methane. By burning it as a fuel in a gas turbine or steam boiler, methane is important for electrical generation.

The park itself is huge and beautiful. Across the bridge (above), there is a hill, perfect for watching sunset. Next time I come, I will be bringing my camera.

This park provides a habitat for 137 different species of birds, 9 types of amphibians, 15 types of reptiles, 8 types of fish and more than 100 types of common insects and more than 400 types of plants.

The Visitor Center plays a short film everyday at 9 am. The day we went, I learned a little bit about Yu Shan (Jade Mountain), which is the tallest mountain in Taiwan and the tallest in Northeast Asia. The highest point of Yu Shan range is 3952 m and is covered with thick snow in the winter.

The "Golden Rooster Sundial" is one of the attractions at the park. It designates one of the twelve animals in the Chinese culture.

Locals crowd the park in the morning, doing their morning exercises. From cyclists to Tai Chi-ers to yogis, the park is filled with the young and the old, all of them searching for that balanced lifestyle in the hustle and bustle of city life.

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