Exploring the world’s first Urban Quiet Park in Taiwan’s Taipei, Taiwan


Exploring the world’s first Urban Quiet Park in Taiwan’s Taipei

The renowned poet Rumi once said, Listen to silence, it has so much to say. But silence is a far cry for city dwellers living amid car honks, and the smell of fuel. Now here comes the idea Urban Quiet Park, which promises people a quiet environment inside the city. Working on the same concept, the Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan was officially certified as the world’s first Urban Quiet Park on June 5 (World Environment Day) by the government of Taiwan along with a California-based NGO.

What is an Urban Quiet Park?

An urban quiet park can be defined as a natural region in or close to a city offering culturally relevant quiet experiences to city dwellers.

Ulf Bohman, an executive director at Quiet Parks International (QPI) explains an urban quiet park like this:

Exploring the world’s first Urban Quiet Park in Taiwan’s Taipei

“In an Urban Quiet Park, the sounds of nature should dominate the soundscape. We can’t, in an urban setting, expect zero noise from the city entering the park. So we use the level 45 dBA [decibels] for maximum background noise.”

So, 45 dBA sounds more like a quiet conversation, similar to what we hear in a library. It is also considered near the lowest level of urban ambient sound. Last year, QPI had certified the Zabalo River in Ecuador as the first Wilderness Quiet Park.

About Yangmingshan National Park

One of the nine national parks in Taiwan, Yangmingshan National Park lies in between Taipei and New Taipei City. One of the prime features of the park is some 112 sq km of mountainous terrain, which makes it look otherworldly. There are also hot springs, forests, hiking trails, and subtropical climatic zones inside this national park, which is phenomenal.

Exploring the world’s first Urban Quiet Park in Taiwan’s Taipei

Taiwan is one of the most densely populated destinations in the world, and is home to 22 million people. The Yangmingshan National Park, located just north of Taipei, features some rare aquatic plants, and also Formosan blue magpies that are endemic. The park is known for its preservation of quiet, and hence has got the title of the Urban Quiet Park.

QPI is planning 50 more certifications in coming 10 years which are potential quiet parks in Stockholm, New York City, Portland, London, and Oregon.

This is the new way of living that people must adhere to or else nature is already showing its distatourus colours in form of COVID-19 pandemic, cyclones, earthquakes and more. If humans do not pay heed to the nature’s call, things might not end well for us and the current situation is the prove of the fact.

Source Article

Next Post

Golden Temple and other religious places allowed to serve prasad, langar services resume

Amritsar’s Golden Temple recommenced its langar service on June 8 and served prasad to the devotees. It has led to raised eyebrows, considering that the nation is battling the highly contagious Coronavirus. On the other hand, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh stated that his government does not believe in intervening with […]

You May Like