- No. 345, Sec. 2, Chishan Rd., Chushan Township, Nantou District, Taichung
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- Hours: 9am - 5pm; Tuesdays - Sundays (Mondays closed)
The Chelungpu thrust fault is an important active fault in West Central Taiwan, and ruptured at the surface for about 90 km in September 21, 1999 during the Chi-chi earthquake. As implied by its name, Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park is built for preserving the surface rupture of Chelungpu Fault caused by 1999 Chi-chi Earthquake.
In November of 2002, Dr. Wen-shan Chen, Professor of Geology at National Taiwan University, found the original status of the Chelungpu Fault caused by 1999 Chi-chi Earthquake in Chu-shan while conducting his investigation into the major earthquake activities in Taiwan over the past years. The original status features the spectacular surface faulting with 2-meter vertical and 3.5-meter horizontal displacements. The fault's high value of academic research and preservation push the establishment of the Park through.
The Park, which is combined with the nearby 921 Earthquake Education Park and Fonghuanggu Bird & Ecology Park to form a complete ecological area. The Park consists of two main parts: the Geological Science Hall and the Fault Preservation Hall. The former mainly introduces Taiwan's geological features through films, photographs, illustrations, interactive screens and exhibits, while the latter, an eggshell-shaped building, displays the original status of the fault caused by the Chi-chi Earthquake.
As a new subordinate park to the National Museum of Natural Science, Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park officially opened to the public for testing operations on Jan. 30, 2013, and grandly opened for regular operations on May 1, 2013. It aims to save the whole information about Chelungpu Fault, to send knowledge of geological and environmental science, and to continue the contents of the researches with regard to geology and education.