Bilyu Sacred Tree
Bilyu Sacred Tree
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OrderintheHouse
By OrderintheHouse
Such a privilege to be able to gaze in awe at such a magnificent living organism as the 3200 year old Bilu Sacred Tree.
5.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2020
On day two of our 6 night Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan that my wife and I organised as part of our 18 day Asian trip, to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, we travelled from Taroko Gorge to Sun Moon Lake. We departed the Taroko Village Hotel where we stayed overnight, toured the iconic Taroko Gorge and then took Highway 8 – the Central Cross Island Highway on a most exhilarating drive up the mountain range. We stopped at the Hehuan Wuling Summit (altitude 3275 metres) (reviewed separately) for breathtaking mountain views, had lunch at the Lumama Restaurant at the CingJing Farm on the way down from the Summit and finally we reached our destination at the Sun Moon Lake. On the way to the Hehuan Wuling Summit we had a rest stop at the recreation area between Cí en and Bilu at the 128km mark on the Central Cross-Island Highway and still within the Taroko National Park. Here we marvelled at the amazing Bilyu Sacred Tree (also referred to as Bilu Sacred Tree or Bilu Divine Tree). This tree is a Lunta Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata var. konishii); is about 50 metres high with a diameter of 3.5 metres and is 3,200 years old. To think that we were looking face to face at a living organisim that started its growth around 1200 BC/BCE and is still living - now that was for us a truly humbling experience. What stories throughout history this tree could tell, if only it could talk. There is a small seating area which you walk down to from the roadside and it was good to sit here for a while so we could admire this amazing tree in all its splendid glory. There is also an attractive log cabin type timber structure with a shop selling food snacks and coffee; however it was closed on the day we called here. Through the trees there are lovely mountain backdrops and we were high enough in altitude to observe clouds in front of these mountain backdrops. There is more to see here than just the Sacred (Divine) Tree. It is worth having a good look around to appreciate the abundance of several tree species growing here. An information sign lists a number of broadleaf trees growing below the very tall Lunta (Taiwan) Fir and Taiwan Hemlock, namely Kwanzan Cherry, Reddening Maple and the Bird-Lime Tree. The information sign explains that the Bird-Lime Tree is the most precious and unique because it is a survivor of the Ice Age, only growing now in Taiwan, Japan and Korea. An interesting phenomenon, also explained on another information sign is the presence of the white lichen on many of the trees in the vicinity. We were so pleased our driver/guide chose to stop at this rest area on our way to Hehuan Wuling. While we were here we felt especially privileged to be able to gaze in awe at such a magnificent living organism as the Bilu Sacred Tree, even for just a brief moment.

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OrderintheHouse
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On day two of our 6 night Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan that my wife and I organised as part of our 18 day Asian trip, to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, we travelled from Taroko Gorge to Sun Moon Lake.

We departed the Taroko Village Hotel where we stayed overnight, toured the iconic Taroko Gorge and then took Highway 8 – the Central Cross Island Highway on a most exhilarating drive up the mountain range. We stopped at the Hehuan Wuling Summit (altitude 3275 metres) (reviewed separately) for breathtaking mountain views, had lunch at the Lumama Restaurant at the CingJing Farm on the way down from the Summit and finally we reached our destination at the Sun Moon Lake.

On the way to the Hehuan Wuling Summit we had a rest stop at the recreation area between Cí en and Bilu at the 128km mark on the Central Cross-Island Highway and still within the Taroko National Park. Here we marvelled at the amazing Bilyu Sacred Tree (also referred to as Bilu Sacred Tree or Bilu Divine Tree). This tree is a Lunta Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata var. konishii); is about 50 metres high with a diameter of 3.5 metres and is 3,200 years old. To think that we were looking face to face at a living organisim that started its growth around 1200 BC/BCE and is still living - now that was for us a truly humbling experience. What stories throughout history this tree could tell, if only it could talk.

There is a small seating area which you walk down to from the roadside and it was good to sit here for a while so we could admire this amazing tree in all its splendid glory. There is also an attractive log cabin type timber structure with a shop selling food snacks and coffee; however it was closed on the day we called here. Through the trees there are lovely mountain backdrops and we were high enough in altitude to observe clouds in front of these mountain backdrops.

There is more to see here than just the Sacred (Divine) Tree. It is worth having a good look around to appreciate the abundance of several tree species growing here. An information sign lists a number of broadleaf trees growing below the very tall Lunta (Taiwan) Fir and Taiwan Hemlock, namely Kwanzan Cherry, Reddening Maple and the Bird-Lime Tree. The information sign explains that the Bird-Lime Tree is the most precious and unique because it is a survivor of the Ice Age, only growing now in Taiwan, Japan and Korea. An interesting phenomenon, also explained on another information sign is the presence of the white lichen on many of the trees in the vicinity.

We were so pleased our driver/guide chose to stop at this rest area on our way to Hehuan Wuling. While we were here we felt especially privileged to be able to gaze in awe at such a magnificent living organism as the Bilu Sacred Tree, even for just a brief moment.
Written 18 June 2020
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia760 contributions
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Oct 2019
This tree is a Taiwan Fir and is 3,000 years old. That means that it was a seedling 250 years before the establishment of the city of Rome (i.e. the Roman Empire). If is a massive tree and only about half of it is visible. The trunk must be about 5 or 6 metres round. Wow.
Written 29 October 2019
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Carol H
De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
Our guide made a toilet stop in this area along the Central Cross-Island Highway, and then told us about the Sacred Tree, which he said was a Lunta Fir about 164 feet high, and approximately 3, 200 years old. While my spouse and I did appreciate its vast age, as a tourist attraction, it is lacking, especially since one cannot get a good view of its entirety.

My suggestion is to take a photo as best you can--or not, use the toilet in the shop at the top of the stairs, and then move on. I definitely would not go out of my way to view this tree.
Written 20 May 2019
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KB C
Illinois744 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
It is a 3000 year old tree, and it is huge. While you are driving through the taroko area, you should definitely stop and see this landmark.
Written 9 April 2019
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