By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Pingtung Forest District Office said on Thursday that a large-scale ecological investigation on the Great Ghost Lake, located on the border of Taitung County and Pingtung County, had just been completed.
The Great Ghost Lake, which is regarded by the Lukai tribe as a sacred place, is the deepest natural high mountain lake in Taiwan, and difficult to reach due to the dangerous terrain.
The area where the Great Ghost Lake and the Little Ghost Lake are situated has great biological diversity and has been proclaimed as an important resting environment for wild animals.
Forests are diverse and plants well grown in this area as high elevation and diverse climate have combined to create favorable growing environments for different plants. Remarkably, the area has a well-kept primitive forest of East Asia’s tallest tree—Taiwania cryptomerioides.
The office said the Great Ghost Lake, located 2,180 meters above sea level, has an area of 39 hectares and consists of three lakes of different sizes. The main lake, about 250 meters wide and 650 meters long with depth being estimated at between 34 meters to 40 meters, is the deepest high mountain lake in Taiwan. [FULL STORY]