One of the eight national parks in Taiwan, the Yangmingshan National Park is located between Taipei City and New Taipei City, Taiwan. The districts that house parts of the park grounds include Taipei's Beitou and Shilin Districts; and New Taipei's Wanli, Jinshan, and Sanzhi Districts.
During the Japanese occupation era of Taiwan, it was known as Datun National Park. The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulfur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snakes and hiking trails, including Taiwan's tallest and one over the extinct volcano Seven Star Mountain Yangmingshan was originally called Grass Mountain during the Qing Dynasty, in reference to Datun Mountain. Officials during this period were worried about thieves stealing sulfur from the rich sulfur deposits in the area so they would regularly set fire to the mountain.
Thus, only grass and not trees could be seen. The first national park was established during the Japanese occupation in 1937. In 1950, President Chiang Kai-shek, in order to commemorate the Ming Dynasty scholar Wang Yangming renamed the Grass Mountain to Yangmingshan. In 1962, the then Taiwan Provincial Bureau of Public Works began to plan the Yangmingshan National Park.
The initial planning area was 28,400 hectares, including Guanyin Mountain and the Datun Volcano Group. Different from the high mountain national parks, Yangmingshan National Park has a lower elevation. Even though mountain elevations range from only 2001120 meters, beautiful landscapes such as ridges, valleys, lakes, waterfalls and basins are abundant. Andesite rocks make up most of the area's geology.