Old Taijiang Inner Sea: Its Previous and Current Existence
Taijiang National Park
Environmental Conservation The sound of waves from the mouth of Zengwun Creek, west to the border
Zengwun Creek, mother river of Jia-Nan Plain, flows through the westernmost part of the country. Walking under the tree canopies in the ocean breeze, we seem to have heard the whisper of the ocean and the echo of the development of Taiwan history.
Zeng-wun Creek originates from Mt. Dongshui under Jade Mountain and flows into the Taiwan Strait between An-Nan District and Ci-gu District. This area was called Callewangh in the 17th century. Japanese, Fukienese and the indigenous people conducted fishing and trade here. It's also the scene of the first naval battle ever recorded with words, when Shan Yu-junn led soldiers from the Ming Dynasty and defeated the Japanese at Callewangh. Today, centuries later, bountiful ecological resources and hundreds of species of fish and shrimps gather around the river mouth. Whales and dolphins cruise around near the bountiful wetlands within the sights of mangroves, is a habitat of Taiwan osemia hoppoensis, a unique species from Taiwan.
Taijiang National Park exercises its main focuses on "cultivating wetlands of biodiversity", "history of emigration and settlement" and "fishing and salt industrial cultures". This is the first new-generation national park brought into being elevated from the level of the people to the government, which witnesses how people in Taijiang strive to preserve the historical and ecological environment through the setting up of a national park and their spirit in protecting the life and the environment. The management office is built with the design of "Taijiang as a School" – with propped-up bamboo bungalows and Taijiang-styled courtyards. The building seems to float on the water and mist amongst the water plants. It is classified as diamond-level green architecture.