The Cabinet (Executive Yuan) announced on Sept. 30 its plans to lift the restrictions on hiking to boost mountain tourism. New regulations will be implemented as well, including the renovation of 35 cabins in the mountains, the restoration of 78 trails and the installation of signs along the paths, the simplification of the application process, the improvement of signal strengths and the opening of up to 81 trails to the public.
The one-stop permit application will be available starting on Nov. 1 in the hopes of making entry into the mountains easier.
The implementation of the new policy will cost more than NT$700 million. The cabin renovation plan will start from 2020, including five cabins in Taroko National Park, three in Yushan National Park, and four in Shei-Pa National Park.
By Shelly Yang