The sophisticated island of Taiwan is home to all kinds of natural scenery.
FindARTs has partnered with the Chi Po-lin Foundation to present a handpicked selection of master aerial photographer Director Chi Po-lin's best works including alpine grasslands and lakes in the Central Mountain Range, his beloved Tamsui River Estuary, and the coastal city of Kaohsiung. You can now experience the beauty of Taiwan as seen by Director Chi when he clicked the shutter button from up in the clouds.
NengaoAndongjun is also known as the third northern section of the Central Mountain Range. The alpine route traverses open grasslands 3,000 meters above the sea level passing by many alpine lakes on the way. The most beautiful of these lakes is Baishihchih, a sparkling tear drop caressed by the mountain winds.
Kaohsiung 85 Building was the tallest building in Taiwan when it was completed in 1999. The construction of Taipei 101 meant that it is now the second tallest building. Building tenants include commercial offices, department stores, and clubs, with an observation deck on the 74th floor that offers sweeping views of Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan Strait, Shoushan, and downtown Kaohsiung. On clear days, it is possible to see Mt. Beidawu and Siaoliuciou.
Shangbaling is located in Fusing Township, Taoyuan County, close to the Lalashan Forest Reserve. Dahan Rive, the source of Shimen Reservoir, flows past the area. Due to the sparse population, the local Atayal culture and natural resources have been preserved in their entirety. The Mikado Pheasant, a rare bird endemic to Taiwan, can often be sighted while climbing up to Shangbaling along the Northern Cross-Island Highway.
Director Chi Po-lin often returned home via the Tamsui River mouth when he finished filming and to capture the sunset over the river. The Tamsui River is the third longest river in Taiwan. It originates on Mt. Pingtian in the Shei-Pa National Park and meanders through the Taipei Basin before finally entering the sea in New Taipei City. This is the most important waterway in northern Taiwan.
Daniaopi Constructed Wetland was used for landfill until the waste was removed by local government and turned into a riverside park in 1992. In 2003, the government built it to act as a natural filtration system for urban sewage. The wetland is now used for purification and flood mitigation. A diverse ecosystem has also developed along the river banks.
Luona Village is located in Nantou County. The distant peaks of Mt. Jade can be seen from the village. The Jade Mountain Starlight Concert is held here. Bukut Tasvaluan is the principal of Luona Elementary School and the founder of Vox Nativa Music School. He and Director Chi Po-lin were kindred spirits and led choir in performing "Let's Clap Together" on the main peak of Mt. Jade in Beyond Beauty - Taiwan from Above.