The Tianxiyuan Ecology Education Center is located at the southeast section of Yangmingshan National Park. The area's unique climate conditions resulted in the northeast seasonal wind forest, an important feature of the area. Numerous streams can be found in the area along with thriving abundant local plant life. The streams carve out and form blocks of independent, mini river ecosystems which became perfect habitats for a variety of plants and animals. The area is also near the Kanjiao fault. The surrounding strata ground against each other, including the Mt. Wuzhi stratum, Daliao stratum and Shidi stratum, to create vastly different geological features, making them important areas for scientific research on biodiversity, education and training, and ecotourism.
Surveys and planning conducted by experts and specialists concluded that the Tianxiyuan area is extremely rich in natural resources. With its clearly-defined boundaries and proximity to Taipei's Neishuang Creek and the National Palace Museum, the area is easily accessible as valuable destination for education, research and ecotourism. Both the general public and student groups can learn about nature through visiting and/or camping. It is a great place for the public to get closer to nature and to create a model for national park environmental education.
In order for Tianxiyuan's natural environment to be utilized responsibly and effectively, Yangmingshan National Park Headquarters specially commissioned the Society of Subtropical Ecology to design the Tianxiyuan Biodiversity Research & Study Workshop events with the goal of developing Tianxiyuan into an ecological education center. A manual has been compiled with an introduction to the center, future operational guidelines, the importance of biodiversity, schedule of events, the operational process, etc., as an important reference material for our guides and personnel involved in ecological conservation. The park hopes that the Tianxiyuan ecological education center will become a hub for promoting biodiversity conservation in Taiwan.
- Visitors must apply and receive approval in advance (for detailed requirements, please contact our service personnel or visit our official website) or register on-site for admissions. After filling out information at the service counter, visitors (no more than 20 to a group) are guided through the park by our trained staff at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
- For the time being, no tickets or other fees are required to enter the park.
Open to the Following Groups:
- Persons with priority: Students of all public and private schools on educational field trips, biodiversity events, and environmental monitoring training.
- General public: General visitors and tourist groups for ecotourism.
- The park is closed on the last Monday of every month, except when it is a public holiday, in which case the park shall also be closed the following day. The park will also be closed during the months of January and February, as well as over the Chinese New Year and on Tomb Sweeping Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Moon Festival, and Election Day. The park and/or certain roads may be closed at any time as necessary.
- The Education Center is opened from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and admission to the park is from 9:30 to 10 am. Afternoon admissions are from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. Visitors will be assigned to groups and be guided through and out the park by staff members.
- For the safety of our visitors and staff, the park will be closed if typhoon warnings are issued by the Central Weather Bureau or if there is heavy regional rainfall. In these cases, entry passes will become void for those visitors who applied for park admission in advance.
- Telephone number: (02) 2841-4855; or Conservation Research Section: (02) 28613601
- Address: No. 45, Lane 336, Zhishan Road Section 3, Shilin District, Taipei 11143
- Vehicles no larger than 20-seater vans/mini buses are allowed onto the main road leading into the area (Lane 336, Zhishan Road Section 3); larger buses are strictly prohibited. The parking lot at the ecology education center has spaces for 12 passenger vehicles and 12 motorcycles. Vehicles entering the park area must park in designated spots.
- The ecological education center is about 1.5 km (about 20-30 minute walk uphill) from the Shengren bridge intersection at Zhishan Road Section 3. The #18 bus is available via Zhishan Road (nearest bus stop name: Shengren Bridge). Please visit the Taipei e-bus System website for all inquiries.
＊For other application rules and regulations please refer to the Tianxiyuan Ecological Education Center Admission System