A remote mountain cabin used by hikers and researchers in Yushan (Mt. Jade) National Park has been found defaced by graffiti in English and French. Images began circulating on social media yesterday.
Dafen Mountain Cabin, 40 kilometers from the Walami trail-head in Hualien and at an altitude of 1320 meters, requires a 3 day hike to reach. It is considered Taiwan’s most important Formosan black bear research area.
On the outside of the cabin is spray-painted “La Balle” (the ball), along with “merry xmas” and “Dafen Cabin.” On the inside of the cabin a marker was used to write “F##k the Authority” along with a list of names, and VAS – Vas arpenter les sommets (stride the summits).
Hikers reported that signs along the trail from the Walami trail-head were also written on.
Yushan National Park authorities have sent a team to try to clean up the graffiti, and have appealed to hikers to respect public resources.