The trail meanders across the hillside forest of the low elevation mountains
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Government and private organizations worked together to plant more than 100
cherry trees along the middle section of the Paoma Historic Trail (跑馬古道) on Feb. 23, Luodong Forest District Office said in a news release on the same day.
The planting of the cherry trees was a joint effort of the Luodong Forest District Office, Jiaoxi Township Office, and a private foundation dedicated to beautifying the environment of the county, the office said.
The Paoma Historic Trail, located within Jiaoxi (礁溪) and Toucheng (頭城) townships in Taiwan’s northeastern county of Yilan, is part of the south route of the Tamsui-Kavalan Historical Trails (淡蘭古道) connecting the Tamsui Subprefecture in the north with the Kavalan Subprefecture in the east, which dates back to the Qing Dynasty. The trail system was an essential transportation lifeline connecting the east and the west in the old days.
Today, the Paoma Historic Trail connecting Wufeng Rd. in Jiaoxi with Provincial Highway 9 is 6.7 kilometer in length. The trail meanders across the hillside forests of the low elevation mountains, with the middle section of the trail providing good views to the Lanyang Plain and the offshore Turtle Island.