Way before the Central Highway was completed, Taiwan's aboriginal tribe, the Ataya, had long been residing along the upper stream of Da-Jia river. The residents of Huanshan, Sungmao, Lisan and Jiayang tribe in Taichung City lived a self sufficient farming life.
After the completion of the Central Highway in 1958, there was a gradual increase of population in Wuling, as people engaged in farming or foresting activities gradually moved into this area. A group of cultivators, in the name of "Taiwan's Veteran Cultivation Reclaim Service Station", started to build the "Wuling Cultivation Area" here.
Initial Stage of Wuling Farm
In the spring of 1963, late president Chiang Ching-kuo, the Chairman of the Vocational Assistance Commission for Retired Servicemen (now titled Veterans Affairs Commission), devoted himself to exploring the mountainous areas in search of person with hardships. He then named the "Wuling Cultivation Area" as "Wuling Farm" on 10th May 1963, and appointed Mr. Lin De-Gi as the first director of the farm. At the initial stage, the farm was under the Veteran Farm Committee.
Its main job was the agricultural development of the mountain area along the Central Highway, and resettling veterans as farmers. As the current of time moved, the trend and government's policy shifted toward ecotourism in order to preserve the land of Taiwan. Thus the Farm started 2 stages of developmental changes starting from 1980, in order to develop tourism and agriculture. With its limited resources, the farm worked towards settlement and the caring of veterans, industrial management, tourism development and environmental protection. They worked on making sure resources could be sustainably used, and eventually achieve the goal of sustainable management in 12 years.
Tao Yuanming, a famous poet in the Wei-chin era, illustrated a journey of fantasy into the land of peach blossoms in Wuling in one of his famous poems, " The Peach Colony ". Just as what he had described, Wuling Farm displays a sea of flowers in spring, bountiful fruits in summer, scarlet maple leaves in autumn, and auspicious snow in winter. It is the Shangri-La dream of the late poet come true, and a perfect place for leisure with its superb quality of service.
Wuling Farm is situated at a high altitude, thus has long been the perfect getaway resort in summer (with an average temperature of 22°C). In addition, it has recently won the proud name of "Jiuzhaigou of Taiwan" because of its charming scarlet maple leaves in autumn (Plan a trip from mid November through mid January to be enchanted by the maple leaves). Be it in spring, summer, autumn or winter, always be ready to leave filled with memories after you have had a taste of Wuling Farm!
Beauty in Wuling: Diverse Looks in Four Seasons
The spring of Wuling is filled with the subtle yet enchanting smell of peach blossoms, plum blossoms, and apple blossoms blooming in the mountains and valleys. In summer, ripening fruits hanging high on the branches will tempt your taste buds with their bright juicy skin (the season of harvesting is from July to October); deep into autumn, fiery maple leaves framed by the mountains will seduce you with their dance; as winter steps in, crystal white snow covers the peaks of the mountains, portraying the typical aura of the northern countries. With the continual change of scenery throughout the year, Wuling Farm attracts waves of tourists every season who wonder around its grounds forgetting time, and wish they didn't have to return home.
Fig.1 Flourshing cherry blossoms
Fig.3 Enchanting Maple Leaves