Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei, Taiwan, is the first ‘urban quiet park’ designated by non-profit Quiet Parks International, which aims to seek out and safeguard the world’s remaining natural soundscapes. Photo: Getty Images
Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei, Taiwan, is the first ‘urban quiet park’ designated by non-profit Quiet Parks International, which aims to seek out and safeguard the world’s remaining natural soundscapes. Photo: Getty Images

One of the world’s quietest places is an urban park in Taiwan; meet the scientist on a mission to identify and preserve others

  • Man-made sound is a silent killer, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton says. ‘When we save quiet, we save everything else. Wildlife cannot exist in noisy places’
  • Through non-profit Quiet Parks International, he hopes to map and safeguard Earth’s few truly natural soundscapes, such as Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan

Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei, Taiwan, is the first ‘urban quiet park’ designated by non-profit Quiet Parks International, which aims to seek out and safeguard the world’s remaining natural soundscapes. Photo: Getty Images
Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei, Taiwan, is the first ‘urban quiet park’ designated by non-profit Quiet Parks International, which aims to seek out and safeguard the world’s remaining natural soundscapes. Photo: Getty Images
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