Chiayi Bald Cypress forest becomes Instagram sensation

With vast stretches of forest and a scenic lake, County Monument Yu Liao Excavation Spot, also known as “Totoro Green Tunnel,” became one of the hot check-in spots in Taibao,Chiayi.(NOWnews)
With vast stretches of forest and a scenic lake, County Monument Yu Liao Excavation Spot, also known as “Totoro Green Tunnel,” became one of the hot check-in spots in Taibao,Chiayi.(NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — With vast stretches of forest and a scenic lake, County Monument Yu Liao Excavation Spot, also known as the “Totoro Green Tunnel,” has become one of the popular tourist spots in Taibao City, Chiayi.  Yu Liao is located at the intersection of HSR Boulevard and 64 County Road. The area is always open. Ten years ago, the local community development association cleaned up the canal and planted stretches of Tallow trees and rows of Bald cypress.

With vast stretches of forest and a scenic lake, County Monument Yu Liao Excavation Spot, also known as “Totoro Green Tunnel,” became one of the hot check-in spots in Taibao,Chiayi.(NOWnews)
With vast stretches of forest and a scenic lake, County Monument Yu Liao Excavation Spot, also known as “Totoro Green Tunnel,” became one of the hot check-in spots in Taibao,Chiayi.(NOWnews)

Chiayi County is located in the plains of southwestern Taiwan. Taibao City, close to the Chiayi city, is a county-administered city. In the past, the local economy centered on agriculture. Yet, due to the infrastructure built in recent years, such as the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum and Taiwan High-Speed Rail Chiayi station, Taibao city tourism is booming these years. Yu Liao Excavation Spot, dating back to the late Neolithic era, is one of the earliest prehistoric sites discovered in the Chiyi plain. Also, Yu Liao was designated as a county cultural heritage.

With vast stretches of forest and a scenic lake, County Monument Yu Liao Excavation Spot, also known as “Totoro Green Tunnel,” became one of the hot check-in spots in Taibao,Chiayi.(NOWnews)
With vast stretches of forest and a scenic lake, County Monument Yu Liao Excavation Spot, also known as “Totoro Green Tunnel,” became one of the hot check-in spots in Taibao,Chiayi.(NOWnews)

By  Shelly Yang