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Yushan çå±±, also known as Jade Mountain or Mount Yu, is the highest mountain in Taiwan and the fourth highest mountain on an island. Yushan is a source of local pride for many in Taiwan and is drawing much-enjoyed international interest.
Yushan is in the running to be named one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” of the world. This attention is creating quite a buzz around the island.
Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English News gets up to the summit to find out why Northeast Asia’s tallest peak made the shortlist. Take a look at the following video news report from Steve Chao.
Yushan and the surrounding mountains belong to the Yushan Range, which is part of Yushan National Park in Taiwan. Yushan National Park, which contains the largest tract of wilderness remaining in Taiwan, is the country’s largest, highest and least accessible national park.The park is also valued for its pristine forests and diversity of fauna, including many endemic species. Yushan is 3,952 metres (12,966 ft) above sea level, being the highest point of the Yushan range. Yushan was once in the ocean and raised to its current height because the Eurasian Plate slid under the neighboring Philippine Sea Plate.
The third phase of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is now underway, and you can vote on your choice of seven natural wonders from the selection of 28 Official Finalist Candidates. The Official Declaration of the New 7 Wonders of Nature will be announced November 11, 2011. Go to the New 7 Wonders of Nature official site
Jade Mountain is a source of local pride for many in Taiwan and is drawing some much-enjoyed international interest. This is attributed to it being in the running to be named one of the "Seven New Natural Wonders" of the world. The attention is creating quite a buzz around the island. Steve Chao gets up to the summit to find out why Northeast Asia's tallest peak made the shortlist.
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