By: Hsieh Chia-chen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, April 8 (CNA) Taiwan’s nine national parks and one national natural park
received over 22 million visitors last year, of which Kenting National Park was the most popular, attracting 25 percent of the total number of visitors.
The nine national parks are Kenting, Yushan, Yangmingshan, Taroko, Shei-Pa, Kinmen, Dongsha Atoll, Taijiang and South Penghu Marine parks, as well as Shoushan National Natural Park.
The Ministry of the Interior, which administers the parks, said that 22.91 million people visited the parks in 2016, down 5.8 million from the previous year, mainly because of a declining number of Chinese visitors and two strong typhoons — Nepartak and Meranti — which battered Taiwan in July and September, respectively, wrecking havoc on many areas of the parks.