Yilan hiking path receives ‘Quiet Trail’ status – Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, July 18 (CNA) Cuifeng Lake Circular Trail in Yilan County’s Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area was recognized by an international non-profit on Monday as the world’s first “Quiet Trail.”

The designation was conferred by the United States-based organization Quiet Parks International (QPI), which describes itself as being “committed to the preservation of quiet for all life.”

In a statement on its website, QPI noted that the 3.95-kilometer trail, which circles Taiwan’s largest alpine lake, is surrounded by dense cypress forest and thick moss that act like layers of natural sound-absorbing foam.

“As a result, it feels like a natural audio control room. Far from the hubbub of human-caused noise, the lowest measured volume is fewer than 25 decibels, which is almost silent,” it said.

At a ceremony in Taipei celebrating the honor, Forestry Bureau chief Lin Hwa-ching (林華慶) said having the trail recognized for its natural silence was particularly meaningful in a small and densely-populated island nation like Taiwan.

Lin also thanked field recordist and QPI Asia representative Laila Fan Chin-hui (范欽慧) for her work with the Luodong Forest District Office since 2014 to measure and preserve the quiet on the trail.

According to the Forestry Bureau, Cuifeng Lake Circular Trail is built on the old tracks of a forest railway at elevations of between 1,900 and 2,000 meters, and is a 40-minute drive from Taipingshan Villa.

QPI’s awards program recognizes quiet urban and wilderness parks and trails with the purpose of building awareness about the importance of preserving quiet places. Taipei’s Yangmingshan National Park was designated as the world’s first “Urban Quiet Park” in 2020.

Source: https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202207180019

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