Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau to step up virus prevention measures at Marian Hiking Trail

Trail leads to top of mountain where visitors can admire sprawling green ridges

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/22
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Luodong Forest District Office photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau will begin to take crowd control measures at the Marian Hiking Trail (聖母登山步道) in Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County for fear that the popular trail could become a virus hotbed after the attraction saw an tremendous influx of hikers on recent weekends, CNA reported on Wednesday (April 22).

The trail leads to the top of a mountain where visitors can admire sprawling green mountain ridges, leading to its being nicknamed the “Green Tea Mountain” by hikers.

The steep trail is 1.63 kilometers in length, but to reach the trailhead hikers have to walk over a 3.7-kilometer linking road from the bottom of the mountain.

The Luodong Forest District Office said on Wednesday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has avoided overseas travel and instead turned to outdoor activities on the island. Unbelievable crowds were seen on the Marian Hiking Trail last weekend, when the weather was perfect.    [FULL  STORY]

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