Taiwan is surrounded by the sea and 70% of its surface area is covered by mountain forests. The people on the island have reaped the bounty of nature by treasuring every piece of land and making good use of natural resources.
FindARTs has partnered with the Chi Po-lin Foundation to present a handpicked selection of Director Chi Po-lin's classic aerial photographs. Seeing the Yunlin-Chiayi Plain, Guansi Settlement, and Jiufeng mountain town nestled against the Pacific Ocean from above is a very satisfying experience.
Chianan Plain is the largest plain in Taiwan. The lack of a reliable water supply hampered agricultural development in the region in the early years. This all changed in the 1920s when Wushantou Reservoir and Chianan Canal were designed and built by the Japanese engineer Yochi Hatta. Having a reliable supply of water saw the number of rice paddies jump from 5,000 to 150,000 hectares, turning the region into the "granary of Taiwan."
Shangnanpian is located in the central-west of Guanxi Township in Hsinchu County. The Luo clan began settling in the region during the Qianlong Era and Lo remains the most common surname by far today. Local sights include the rolling green fields and winding Fengshan River. Other popular tourist destinations include the "Luowu Academy", a century-old courtyard house, and Dunan Historic Trail.
The west coast of Taiwan is made up of flat continental shelf. Most of the rivers on the island flow west into the sea as well. Mud and sand carried by the rivers are gradually deposited at the river mouths forming a multitude of sandbars. Waisanding Sandbar off the coast of Yunlin and Chiayi is the largest sandbar in Taiwan. On average, the sandbar migrates back and forth 60 to 70 meters in the southwest direction every year. It is therefore also referred to as the "Moving Homeland."
The mountain town of Jiufen and Jinguashi make an unusual sight in northern Taiwan. From the air, we can see both houses on the hillside and the Pacific Ocean. In the early years, mining was the main industry here but this has now been replaced by tourism. Diligence and perseverance are embedded into the local psyche. The seaside views created by the way Mt. Keelung and Mt. Caohu press are a rare find too.
Qijiawan River is located upstream of Dajia River. The crystal clear waters and forest foliage maintain the water temperature at a cool 16 degrees Celsius to form the last surviving habitat of the Formosan Landlocked Salmon (Oncorhynchus masou formosanus). Qijiawan River marks the southernmost distribution of the "landlocked" salmon and is of tremendous biological and geographical significance.
The gems in the picture were actually a bird's eye view of fish farms in Kaohsiung's Jiading District. The aquaculture industry in Taiwan is however in crisis due to "Fish Farm Cracking." The proliferation of fish farms has also led to a host of environmental issues that require serious rethinking.