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Introduction

    1. Lotus Pond

    In 1686 (the 25th year ruled by Emperor Kangsi), the magistrate of Fengshan Yang Fang-Sheng planted lots of lotus (Lian) to embellish the scenery of the pool when building temples, so it was called ‘Lianchih Pool (Lotus Pond)’. Lotus Pond is a scenic spot in Zuoying District with well-known renown. The most two beautiful scenes of Lianchihtan appear in the morning and at nightfall. In the morning, bright views appear indistinctly in the mist. While staying in the dock at nightfall, it seems that the golden sky is endless. At night, broad water region brings plenty of moonlight.

    lotus pond entrancelotus pond scene

    2. The Turtle Mountain

    Turtle Mountain was named due to the turtle-like shape. It faces Panpingshan (Mt. Panping) across Lianchihtan, and was the fortress of old Zuoying Town. The old town surrounds entire Gueishan. The entrance of climb locates near the old north gate. There are flourishing tress along new-built footpaths, which makes climbers feel comfortable. There remains discarded military pillboxes, batteries, and reservoirs. The elevation of Gueishan is 55 m. It is a good place to overlook Lotus Pond.

    turtle mountain overlook lotus pond

    3. Panpingshan Natural Park

    The height of Panpingshan which is like to be cut by a knife is 220 m. Panpingshan has been planned as a natural park in recent years and become a good place for mountain climbing, hiking, and ecological observation. Besides special geographical views with natural limestone, there are plenty of animals and plants. Combination of Panpingshan natural park and Panping Lake wetland forms the important view consisting of the mountain, lake and wetland.

    panpingshan

    4. Panping Lake Wetland

    There are two different ecological environment consisting of arid and wet seasons the whole year, which is the most special among ecological wetlands in Kaohsiung City. During the arid season, the lake dries up to become arid ecological environment. The limestone geological view can be seen clearly. Plentiful rainwater makes the dried-up lake to represent brand-new wetland view at the rainy season. Aquatic birds gather in the wetland for taking a rest or breeding the future generation. The ecological environment is similar to the African arid climate.

    Panping Lake Wetland

    5. Zhouzai Wetland

    Lianchihtan was filled with ponds and water caltrop fields during early days, attracting jacanas to forage and perch. Due to gradual disappearance of ponds, jacanas are also vanishing. With support from municipal government, ecological volunteers proceed the plan to make jacanas appear again. The plan works effectively and it attracts various aquatic birds to rest again. Because it is still under reconstruction, visitors must make an appointment in advance, or overlook from Cing Shuei Temple.

    Zhouzai Wetland

    6. Primitive Plants Park

    It is the first and only plants park featuring Taiwan primitive plants. There are 45 families and more than 60 species Taiwan primitive plants in the part at present. The whole park is just like a lively Taiwan plants museum featuring not only localization but capabilities of education and recreation.

    Primitive Plants Park

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