Updated on: November 21, 2017
Shuiyang Forest 水漾森林 is located within Sun-Link-Sea Forest park in Alishan township, Chiayi county, Taiwan.
As the saying goes, “there are two sides to a story” and this is very true for the massive 921 earthquake which shook Nantou back in 1999 creating mass destruction and loss of lives but it is also this very quake that created many new picturesque landscapes in Taiwan. From this tragedy, only then can people witness how much sacrifices were at stake in the creation of such magnificent landscapes.
Shuiyang lake was created that very night when a large scale landslip blocked off the passage of a stream running quietly in central Nantou county, flooded the forest and created a sizable lake.
Years of immersion in the water cut off oxygen supply to the roots of the trees while the relentless sun bleached the trunks into shades of white.
Shuiyang lake became a huge attraction within Shuiyang forest with its idyllic vibes. Tall bare trees surrounding a serene lake reflecting the clear blue skies and the nearby mountains creating a picturesque scenery but as the fog arrives, it immediately turned Shuiyang lake into a magicaland which also resembles a scene out of a horror movie.
The location at which Shuiyang forest stands used to be a hiking route that connects Shanlinxi and Alishan but after years of destructive typhoons, the route no longer connects to Alishan.
It is somewhat amazing that both the gorgeous Shuiyang lake created as the trees wither and the nearby streams with much signs of vitality with the lush green algae covering the rocks can coexist in the same location peacefully.
Life was never fair to begin with anyway, cherish every moment of wonder.