Updated on: August 20, 2017
In the 1900s when Japanese dominated Taiwan, they implemented a five year civilization policy and seek to gain more power over the remote mountainous areas and henceforth, protect themselves against the aboriginals by constructing Tapung Fort 李棟山古堡 atop strategic Lidong mountain peak which provided them with a birds eye view of the surrounding areas to better strategize their moves.
At approximately 1913m above sea level, it is understandable why Japanese go to such great lengths and waste so much efforts to keep the aboriginals at bay especially the Atayal people as they were the last ones fighting for their homeland where all others have given up hope. Atyal people fought hard and attacked Tapung fort during a typhoon with nature to their advantage and obtained victory. Yet a year later, the Atayal people suffered a crushing defeat when the heavily armed Japanese encircled and attacked them.
Enroute to Tapung fort, indulge in the tranquility of the forest while taking in the sights and sound of the lush greenery. It is unbelievable that many lives were taken right here in the past as we speak.
Visit the Tapung fort today and picture the happenings of yesteryear.