Chaishan Nature Park
Chaishan is also known as Shoushan, with its peak at an altitude of 356 meters, is the tallest coral reef on the Kaohsiung plains. It is also the lungs of Kaohsiung City, with rich natural sceneries and ecological resources.
Since there are groups of Formosan rock-monkeys living in the mountain, the Dutch in the 17th century and the British in the 19th century thus named it the Apen Berch/Ape Hill. The Formosan rock-monkeys are named after the specimens found here.
As the name implies, the trees on Chaishan (Mountain of Firewood) provided the firewood needed in the olden times. Ever since the Dutch in the 17th century, this place has been the source of firewood.
Since the ingredient for coral reefs is limestone, it has been mined here since 1917 for the production of cement. It finally stopped in 1990, bioremediation was implemented, and this place was marked as a conservation park. Mining activities were banned in order to protect the natural habitat, and it has now become an important biological treasure of Kaohsiung City.
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Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.
Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?
China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.
Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.
I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.
The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.
China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.
Text by Steve Smith.