The Da’an Forest Park is a public park near the center of Da’an District, a neighborhood considered one of Taipei’s most influential cultural and academic hubs. The park, which opened in 1994, covers around 64 acres and is full of lush greenery. It’s bordered by Jianguo Road in the east, Xinsheng Road in the west, Heping Road in the south, and Xinyi Road in the north
Da’an Forest Park plays a similar role to other major city parks like Central Park in New York City as a place for people to get away from the busy city life without leaving the city. Park pathways are lined with trees including camphor, cajuput, ficus, and maples. Shrubs and flowerbeds are also planted throughout the park to make it even more of a lush sanctuary.
If you’re traveling with kids, take them to the park’s large pond to see how many animals they can find. The pond is home to many squirrels, turtles, egrets, ducks and other water birds. The walkways are stroller-friendly, and a metro station near the park’s playground is easily accessible from the metro station.
The park is a great place to stroll after a meal on Yongkang Street or for a picnic, even if you don’t feel inclined to join people for rollerblading or shooting hoops or Chinese chess. There’s an outdoor cafe, a firefly pond, and you’ll often find folks walking or jogging around the park’s perimeter.
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