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GEO Invites Public to Visit “Painted” Paddy Fields in Shilin

Paddy fields in Pingdeng Borough There are a number of ladder plots located in Shilin District’s Pingdeng Borough which are collectively known as the Eweishan Paddy Field. As the focus of the borough’s latest effort to revive paddy fields, the rare agriculture space in Taipei is expected to see colorful crops decorate the landscape in June and July.

In the early days, farmers dwelling at Shilin’s mountainous region took steps to irrigate their farmland and transform them into rice paddies to improve their livelihood. Their effort resulted in the unique agriculture landscape comprising small villages and ladder paddies.

In recent years, Taipei’s Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) carried out maintenance and improvement projects in the area in the interest of preserving the rural farming landscape and offer citizens a place where they can enjoy beautiful mountain and running rivers.

According to GEO, the public is welcome to visit the neighborhood of Pingdeng Borough and Xishan Borough during weekends and holidays. A suggested route for visitors is to start at the National Palace Museum and travel all the way to Lane 71 at Zhishan Road Section 3. A century-old irrigation canal can be found at this location, and the facility has now been outfitted with waterpower and solar power mechanisms installed via ecological construction techniques.

Going up further up the path, visitors can take a short rest at an observation deck which offers a great view of the Taipei basin. The rice paddies is another walk up the mountain along Pingjing Street.

Chief Chen of GEO’s Slope Conservation Section remarked that for photo enthusiast who like to grab some shots of the ladder fields, there is an ongoing photography contest hosted by GEO and Chi-Sing Irrigation Association with the topic “Taipei: In Love with Water.” Those interested might want to check out the Facebook fan page of the Eweishan Paddy Field.

How to Get There:
Driving: From NPM, proceed onwards and turn at the end of Zhishan Road Section 2 onto Lane 71 of Zhishan Road Section 3. Head all the way up until reaching Pingjing Street. The fields are located next to No. 109, Pingjing Street.
Public Transportation: From MRT Shilin Station, take Bus 303 or S19. Disembark at Fude Temple stop and walk for roughly 3 minutes until you reach the rice paddy.