The Wushanding Mud Volcanoes are a really cool example of a relatively rare geological phenomenon. We live in Dashe District, just about 10-15 minutes down the road from this park, which is run by the Kaohsiung city government. To get there, you turn left off of Route 22 at the sign for National Kaohsiung Normal University. When you get to the university's gate, however, instead of entering, continue uphill to the left and follow the road as it snakes uphill. A little ways on there is another right-hand turn which is signposted in English, and then you simply follow the road as it climbs up to the top of the hills. There is a recently constructed office there with clean restrooms. This building is where you are required to sign into their register/guestbook. No entrance fee. The volcanos are a very short, flat walk from the parking area/office. We got there around 9:45 AM on a Friday morning and there were a few other visitors, but it was relatively quiet and empty.
There are two larger volcanoes, the taller of which appears to be dormant. The other relatively large volcano actively bubbles, releasing a mix of gases, the preponderance of which is methane. You can walk right up to the edge of the active volcano and even carefully dip your fingers in. The mud is cool to the touch and very thick. When standing on the rim of the active volcano, you can look around and see how the mud flows have changed over time. A brief warning: many of the areas that appear to be dry merely have a crust on them, and an adult will quickly sink in. This didn't appear to be dangerous, however it is really sticky - pulled the shoe right off of a wandering child!
Aside from the two major volcanoes present in the cleared area, there are several little holes with bubbling mud. The surrounding woodland has a few trails to smaller volcanoes/pools in the area around, which is fun to explore (and abounds with birds; you can see my eBird checklist here). I will be back to do some birding in this area for sure, though visitors may not enter before the park opens at 9 AM, which is a bit problematic for peak birding!
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