Audrey and Harry Lesner, otherwise known as The Budget Savvy Travelers, are full-time travelers and digital nomads. Born and raised in Chicago, their passion to show others how to break free without breaking the budget. They are the proud winners of the 2019 Top Budget Travel Blog.
Da’an Forest Park is a large 64-acre park located in the city’s Da’an District. Its tranquil, forest-like environment allows visitors to escape Taipei’s busy city life and enjoy the outdoors. Like many parks, it’s a great place to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Visitors can enjoy walking on the paths, playing basketball, rollerblading, having a picnic, or playing Chinese chess.
The park was inspired by other significant city parks such as London’s Hyde Park and New York City’s Central Park. Opened in 1994, Da'an Forest Park was designed as a green activity space that could be used for a large variety of outdoor activities. The impressive park has caused nearby property values to skyrocket—creating a demand for high-end condominiums, with some of the most expensive properties on the market reaching a value of 15 million USD.
The park contains many recreational amenities: playgrounds, an amphitheater, a skating rink, and a soft running trail along with several pavilions, a fitness trail, and two ponds. The paths of the park are lined with trees, such as maples, ficus, cajuput, and camphor. Wildlife lovers will enjoy a variety of squirrels, turtles, egrets, and ducks. The lush, green space is often referred to as the lungs of Taipei. Visitors that arrive by car may use the underground parking garage.
Cover image by Alberth2 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).