Traffic controls to be imposed on Hehuanshan from Jan. 1

Hehuanshan (Hehuan Mountain), a popular mountain resort on the border of Nantou and Hualien counties in central Taiwan, will be subject to traffic restriction for 59 days, starting on Jan. 1, during the winter season, Taroko National Park Headquarters said on Wednesday.

Traffic restrictions on the mountain will be in place from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, though the time frame could be revised depending on prevailing weather conditions, the national park administration said.

Hehuanshan has an elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level, is located on the western edge of Taroko National Park and known as one of few places in Taiwan where people can see snow.

Traffic controls are introduced every winter for the safety of visitors.

This year, traffic controls will be enforced on the Dayuling- Xiaofengkou section of Taiwan Provincial Highway 14, Hehuanshan Tourist Center, Wuling, Kunyang and the section between Yuanfeng and Cuifeng, according to Taroko National Park Headquarters.

During this period, all vehicles (with the exception of those driven by public officials and snow plows) will be prohibited from entering restricted areas when it is snowing, but allowed access depending on road conditions, on days when there is no snow.

The Lunar New Year holiday in late January and early February and weekends during the winter season will be peak time for the imposition of traffic restrictions, the national park administration said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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