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New Seven Wonders of Nature-One of 28 nominees. Winners will be announced in 2011.

 

Yushan
Chinese Taipei
New Seven Wonders of Nature
Earth's Natural Wonders in Asia
 
Location: Nantou County, Taiwan
First Ascent: 1898 by German explorer K. Stopel
Yushan, or Mt Jade, is the centerpiece of the Yushan National Park. The park covers a total area of 105,490 hectares, including large sections of Taiwan's Central Mountain Range.
Yushan Slideshow
Yushan [1]

 

Yushan, also known as Mount Jade or Mount Yu, is the highest mountain in Taiwan and Yushan Range. It is 3,952 metres (12,966 ft) above sea level. It's also the 4th highest mountain on an island.

Yushan National Park
Yushan is part of Yushan National Park, one of the national parks administered by Taiwan. Under Japanese rule, it was designated part of the Niitaka (New Highest) Arisan National Park in 1937. The mountain is one of favorite of Taiwanese mountain climbers. Several other high mountains are located neer Yushan, including Siouguluan Mountain ( 3825 m, the 3rd highest mountain in Taiwan), Mabolasih Mountain (3785 m), Guan Mountain (??, 3668 m). [1]

The park is also known for its diverse and rich in wildlife and ecology. The environment around Yushan itself spans from Tropics and Subtropical forests at its base to Temperate zone or alpine conditions at its peak. [2]


Alternate names
Jade Mountain was first observed by westerners in 1857. W. Morrison, captain of the American freighter SS Alexander, sighted this mountain while departing from Anping Harbor, in what is now Anping, Tainan. He recorded this sighting in his naval log, and the mountain gained the name Mount Morrison in western literature.

In 1900, after the annexation of Taiwan by the Japanese, two Japanese anthropologists, Torii Ryuzo and Mori Ushinosuke, became the first people to have been recorded ascending the mountain. They gave the mountain the name Niitakayama or Mount Niitaka, literally the "New High Mountain", because it was even higher than Mount Fuji (3,776 m (12,388 ft) above sea level) over 176 metres (577 ft) in Japan (Empire of Japan) in earlier 20 century.

Under its Japanese name, the mountain was used as the secret code to signal the carrier fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy to begin its attack against Pearl Harbor. The code was Niitakayama Nobore (literally "Climb the New High Mountain")

The mountains of Taiwan

 

leighblackall
January 08, 2006

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References
 
1. Flickr-Yushan-Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 8/1/2009
2. Wikipedia-Yushan-retrieved 8/1/2009
 
 
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