The community of Dasyueshan (Great Snow Mountain) in Taichung City is known for its delicious fruit and beautiful tung flowers. But there’s another sight that has people coming to Dasyueshan from all over Taiwan—fireflies.
May is firefly season in Dasyueshan. When the sun goes down, the mountainside is blanketed with little floating orbs of warm light. It is a breathtaking sight, and one that brings thousands of tourists to this small aboriginal community every year. These tourists are an economic helping hand to the people of Dasyueshan, who are still recovering from the Jiji earthquake.
Dasyueshan is a good example of the link between the natural environment and local livelihoods. Efforts are being made to protect this environment and make sure that tourists don’t cause any damage. Lights are turned off throughout the community during firefly season. Even car headlights are off-limits. Tourists must park their cars and walk the final 1,300 meters to the viewing area. When viewing fireflies, tourists are asked to follow the "five nos." These are: no chasing them, no catching them, no getting close to their homes, no loud noises, and no lights.