In April, the most romantic “firefly season” is approaching and is a must-see this time of year!
The fireflies that flicker in the bushes are gradually being rehabilitated and returned to nature through the efforts of many, allowing everyone to enjoy the beauty of the tiny, glowing insects.
Here are four secret spots for viewing fireflies in Taipei City, which can be easily visited by taking the Taipei MRT, without fear of traffic jams or the dilemma of not finding a parking space.
From the MRT Houshanpi Station, you can stroll to the “Hushan Hiking Trail,” a comprehensive nature trail system.
It is recommended to walk there in the afternoon to take in the entirety of the small bridges and flowing water.
After nightfall, you can quietly explore the traces of fireflies.
The Geotechnical Engineering Office under the Public Works Department of the Taipei City Government has planned a free “Firefly Viewing Ecology Tour” to be held on April 17, April 18, April 24, and April 25 from 7 pm to 9 pm.
There’s no need to sign up in advance, as visitors can follow the Hushan Hiking Trail. There are three stations along the trail where professional interpreters will explain the fireflies and river stream ecology.
In recent years, fireflies have been successfully rehabilitated in Taipei’s urban areas through habitat conservation and wild release.
This has led to a significant increase in the number of fireflies in the ecological environment.
In addition to the Hushan Hiking Trail, Taipei City residents can view fireflies in Daan Forest Park (大安森林公園), Rongxing Garden (榮星花園), and Muzha Park (木柵公園).
Also, as it is not easy to rehabilitate fireflies, you are advised to speak quietly, not use flashlights, and not catch fireflies to avoid injuring them. In this way, we can protect this rare sight in the city.