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Zhiben National Forest Recreation Area



Zhiben National Forest Recreation Area is a tropical monsoon rainforest located midstream of the Zhiben River at elevations between 110-650 meters and covers over 110.8 hectares. The natural ecological classroom is packed with rich and abundant species of forestry, birds, and insects. This is the best place for birdwatching near Taitung City with its diverse bird species.

There are various recreational facilities inside the park. In addition to several trails, there are special facilities such as the Monsoon Forest Area and the Foot Massage Creek Path. It is suitable for people of all ages to enjoy.

●The Scenic Trail: This trail takes you through the Foot Massage Creek Path, the Monsoon Forest Area, and other major facilities in the park; it is an easy trail suitable for both children and the elderly.

●Haohanpuo Trail: “Haohanpuo” means “a brave man’s slope” in Mandarin as this trail is named for its steep slope. The trail is 770 meters long and consists of 1,710 trail steps. It is the perfect choice if you are looking for a physical challenge. The Grandfather Banyan near the end of the trail overlooks the Pacific Ocean becomes the best reward for completing the strenuous climb to the top.

Must-See Characteristic Scenery and Park Facilities
●Monsoon Forest Area: The special wind chimes and wind-listening pipes in this area are designed for you to enjoy nature’s symphony while the breeze blows through the rumbling maple leaves.

●Foot Massage Creek Path: The cool mountain spring water flowing through the round pebble stones creates a natural footbath that is loved by people of all ages. Soaking your feet in the cool refreshing creek is also beneficial for your health.

Located in the suburbs of Taitung City, Zhiben National Forest Recreation Area is the best place for mountain climbing, hiking, bird watching, butterfly watching and picnicking. It is truly a great place for the entire family to enjoy on the weekends!



  • Visitor Center
  • Selling
  • Parking
  • Public toilets
  • Observation Deck
  • Trails
  • Bus station
  • Commentary briefing


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Traveler rating:3.5 34 Reviews Write a Review

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  • kimitakas

    Taichung, Taiwan

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    Solo travel


    Traveler rating:4 2019-06

    It is a kind of forest park. You need to pay NT$50 for entrance. But it is worth. You can inspire fresh air and relax yourself.
  • constancec515

    Taipei, Taiwan

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    Traveler rating:4 2017-02

    是連假去的,人很多,停車沒有收費,大家都路邊停車,容易塞車~ 不是森林遊樂設施,適合中小學生,和小時候的森林公園相似。 森林浴步道很棒,沒有太多人工設施。很多蝴蝶,鳥類,甚至山豬~ 如果遊客可以安靜一點,可以更接近大自然~ There have two trails one is a lot stairs. Another one is forest trail is more natural and full butterflies & birds.Its nice place to take a walk.
  • jaoxi2015

    Hualien, Taiwan

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel


    Traveler rating:3 2016-08

    Zhiben (or chihpen) national recreation area Is closed, some people told me it's opening in september, if you (like me) come here and see the gare closed, you can have a walk to the nearby waterfall, or soak in the several hotspring downhill.
  • Pebble_Ultimate


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    A fitness/leisure walk in the park

    Traveler rating:4 2015-12

    Beautiful scenery at the entrance of the park. In the park, there are 3 routes to choose from. An easy walk around the flat ground of the park. There's a massage pool at the end. The other two routes goes by the steps labelled 'brave man route' where you need to climb about 500 steps to go up the hill and go through the forest trail to come down. Good for some fitness walking. Take note that this is NOT a hotspring park though it is situated in Chihben.
  • FranzLisztPiano

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    Traveler rating:5 2020-10

    每次來必定在30分鐘內爬完”好漢坡”, 然後再悠閒的走其他的登山步道. 享受森林浴的好地方. 園區內有野生的台灣獼猴在樹上爬來爬去, 很特別.

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