During 1918, Lintian Mountain Forestry Center (林田山林業文化園區) was a flourishing lumbering community. The community had a clinic, cinema, dormitory, barber shop, primary school, kindergarten and grocery stores to support the livelihood of the community. It was almost equivalent to a small town. In 1991, natural logging was prohibited by the government, diminishing the community, leaving the cultural artifacts of forestry behind.
At the Forestry, you will find railway tracks
used to transport logs. When we arrived at 4.45pm, the forestry center was almost closing and there was not many people around, which all added to the serenity of the area.
Forestry machines at Lintian Mountain.
Zhongshan Hall (中山堂) served as a function hall and a theater for the community in the olden days. Today it is an exhibition hall for wood sculptures.
Wood sculpture at Zhongshan Hall.
More wood sculptures outside Zhongsan Hall.
Japanese style buildings.
It’s also a great location to take black and white photos.
The Forestry Museum, was closed by the time we got to it. All the other galleries were closed as well so we didn’t get to tour the forestry center as in depth as we would have liked to.
Lintian Mountain ends our half day tour along the east rift valley, covering 5 places and 2 restaurants, including Ching Xiu Temple, Live Jumping Shrimps at Liyu Lake, Lichuan Aquafarm, Lu-Feng Jade Workshop, and of course Lintian Mountain Forestry Center itself and Manmei Pork Knuckle nearby. We didn’t get to spend too much time at each location, probably between 30 – 40 minutes at each location, but we did get a good taste of Hualien’s scenic spots and cultural spots along the east rift valley. If you are not rushed for time, do plan for a little more time for all the places.
More info on Lintian Mountain Forestry Center
Address: No.20, Linsen Rd., Fenglin Township, Hualien County 975, Taiwan.
Opening Hours: 9AM – 5PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
Tel: +8863 875 1703
Lintian Mountain Forestry Center http://www.erv-nsa.gov.tw/user/article.aspx?Lang=2&SNo=03000125
Lintian Mountain Forestry Center http://qrcode.taiwan.net.tw/spot.asp?lng=en&spno=78