Pingtung Country

HOW TO GET THERE
 

CKS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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The CKS International Airport - (take the buses of Guo-Guang Motor Transit Co., Jian-Ming Motor Transit Co.) - Sung-Shan Airport - Pingtung Airport

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The CKS International Airport - (take the buses of Guo-Guang Motor Transit Co., Taoyuan Motor Transit Co.) - ChungLi City - (take the train of Taiwan Railway) - Pingtung County

KAOHSIUNG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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Kaohsiung Xiao-Gang Airport - (take the buses of the transportation route of the airport, Bus 301, Guo-Guang Motor Transit Co., Kaohsiung Motor Transit Co., Chung-Nan Motor Transit Co.) - Kaohsiung City - (take the train of Taiwan Railway, the bus of Guo-Guang Motor Transit Co.) - Pingtung County

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Kaohsiung Xiao-Gang Airport - (take the bus of the joint operation of Guo-Guang/Kaohsiung/Pingtung Motor Transit Co., Chung-Nan Motor Transit Co.) - Pingtung County

Pingtung County is the southernmost county in Taiwan. The shape of the county is slender. The county is backed by mountains and facing the water. To the east it is the Pacific Ocean and to the west it is Taiwan Strait. To the South it is Bashi Channel. The county is surrounded by sea in three directions and is located in tropical zone. The weather is warm all year round and the scenery is beautiful. There are coconut trees and the place is filled with the flavor of Southeast Asia. No wonder it is called ?the Southeast Asia of Taiwan?. The county has many famous tourist attractions. There is this first National Park, Kenting National Park, in Pingtung. There are also sightseeing park on sea, highways along the mountains and the national scenery park in Dapon Bay. There is also the best location for flying activities. These are attractions with their own uniqueness. The seaside in Pingtung is a good place for recreation and swimming. One can go scuba diving enjoying the beautiful coral and picking up shells on the beach. There is this special shell sand beach. One can also go to Erlunbi, which is at the southern tip of Taiwan. Visitors can look to the left for the Pacific Ocean and look to the right for Taiwan Strait. What a unique experience! In addition, it is the interim resting-place of migrating birds each year. Strikes come here for the winter and Kuo Ching Birds and gray-face falcons come here every October. Thus, it is a good place for wild bird watching. Would you like to see the wonderful starlight? Because there is no pollution, the sky is clear at night and it is a good place for watching the stars and the moon.


NATIONAL PARK

  • Kenting National Park
    The centerpiece of the Hengchun Peninsula is Kenting National Park, Taiwan's only tropical national park. Established in 1982, Kenting National Park covers a total area of 33,268 hectares of land and maritime environments. This is Taiwan's most densely populated national park, and it includes large stretches of agricultural land's providing visitors with a view of typical Taiwanese rural life. In addition, the national park includes mountains, forests, pasture, lakes, sand dunes, beaches, and coral reefs imply everything you could desire when you want to get up front and personal with Mother Nature.
     

NATIONAL SCENIC AREA

  • Tapeng Bay National Scenic Area
    Tapeng Bay covers the two designated scenic areas of Tapeng Bay and Ryukyu. The northern boundary of Tapeng Bay is the Tai 17 Provincial Road and the Ping 63 County Road. The eastern and western boundaries are Linbien and Xinggou in Donggang Township respectively. To the south, there is a 600-meter sea area starting from the high tide mark of the coastal line. The main features of Dapeng Bay include the Qingzhou Rest Area. In this region, there is a famous boat festival of the Donglueng Temple in Donggang. Tourists can also enjoy the beautiful submarine scenery on Ryukyu Island. Tapeng Bay is the largest inner bay in Taiwan, providing rich resources of sea animals and plants in this region. Redwoods and sea eggplants are growing by the sea; Ipomoea pes-caprae, Excoecaria agallocha, and Clerodendron inerme are all very famous. The animals in the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area are mainly birds, fish and mollusks. There are about 95 kinds of birds, including migratory birds. Fish include groupers, and other sea animals include a special kind of tide-waving crabs on the wetlands.Ryukyu Island is the only coral island found among the 14 islands around Taiwan. It is famous for three features: the best location for watching sunsets, the largest variety of corals, and the entire island as a coral reef. The whole island is full of strange rocks and reveals many beautiful ocean landscapes. There are around 100 temples in Ryukyu and Tapeng Bay. Many temples are located around Donggang Town, and the Linbian and Nanzhou Townships. Among all the temples, the Donglong Temple in Donglong Village, Donggang Township has the longest history. Once every three years, people there will hold a ceremony to "burn the boat" and this is considered the biggest celebration of this kind. Seafood is famous around Taiwan and is inexpensive. Donggang has three treasures : blue tuna, cherry shrimp and fat roe. Ryukyu is also famous for its barbecued squid and shellfish.
     

FOREST PLEASURE GROUND

  • Kenting Forest Recreation Araa
    The entrance to the Kenting Forest Recreation Area is located 32 kilometers along the Pingtung-Eluanbi Highway. The park covers about 435 hectares, of which 76 hectares are open to the public. The more than 1,200 species of plants grown here are arranged according to type, with areas for medicinal plants, tropical fruits, rubber trees, and so on. There are 17 scenic points that are linked together by walkways, offering visitors maximum convenience to view both the plants and the scenery. Sites not to be missed include the Looking-glass Tree, which is over 400 years old, with unusual buttress-shaped roots that grow above ground; the Fairy Cave, a 137-meter-long cave of stalactites and stalagmites, lit up by lamplight; the observation tower, a 27-meter-high tower from which the southernmost tip of Taiwan and far away Orchid Island can be seen; and the Valley of the Hanging Banyans, whose walls, overgrown by aerial roots, form a wonderland all their own.
     

  • Shuangliu Forest Recreation Area
    Historical Background : Shuang Liu Forest Park is situated next to the southern highway and features the beautiful rivers. The origin of Feng Kang River is inside the park and Shuang Liu Waterfall is over 20 meters in height. The pounding sound and dense mist of the waterfall are the most famous scene in the park. There are thick forests in the park, making it a perfect place to expose oneself to the nature. There are pavilions and stone chairs along the track for visitors to take a rest.
    Cultural Highlights : The track from the entrance to the waterfall has beautiful scenery and is suitable for recreational activities. There are chairs, pavilions and trash cans. Ma Tze Shan is the highest point in the park, 650 meters in altitude; standing here, you can overlook the mountains, the Pacific Ocean and the Taiwan Strait. Shuang Liu Waterfall is 3,650 meters away from the entrance and is the origin of Feng Kang River. Visitors can enjoy the fresh water, the butterflies and the beautiful scenery in the park.

     

AMUSEMENT PARK

  • Bada Forest Recreational Park
    Historical Background : The origin of Bada Forest Theme Park was Chiaochow Vacation Park. In 1998, Japanese financial group invested the money to manage. It turned successfully into Forest Theme Park. It will make the tourists feel like placing in the nursery tale-dreaming center. The whole area of Bada Forest Theme Park is about 17 hectare. It is constituted by two thousands more mahoganies with the tree age over 80 years old. The forest is full of abound fresh fragrance air. You can take forest bathe, barbeque, and get some information about the forest. The entire parkland is taking the English chateau style design. It can satisfy visitor to the fancy of nursery tale. And the main theme "Green forest castle" was divided into eight chateaus. The eight themes are designed with story type to make cascade. All the animals and plants were named and personify with a new life to let the tourists enjoy the fun with the characters in the fairy stories. Creative and new designs make Bada Forest Theme Park the special amusement park in Taiwan.
    Cultural Highlights : The Flora Forest is the administrative center of "Green forest castle".There planted a lot of flowers. Visitors can take pictures with the white pigeon flying and dancing in the sky. The food forest is the populace good dinner fabricator area of Green forest castle and it plants every style of delicious botanically. The amusement equipments are established in the machine forest of Green forest castle. There are ten kinds of machine amusement equipments in the park. It is the machine of magnitude kingdom in south Taiwan. Another part is about the nature biome.The garden designs outer insect biome education area and beautiful water world. The nature wild biome is shown in front of you. You can get many kinds of knowledge about the animals. The visitors can touch and feel the animals with the great fun.

     

FARM / SCENERY

  • Hengchuen (Ever Spring) Farm
    For those interested in natural, chemical-free farming there is a privately run farm not far from Hengchun, which offers accommodation and a great variety of natural foods. There is a restaurant, a coffee shop, and facilities that help visitors learn about nature and natural farming. The farm also sells naturally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Hengchun Farm is located at 28-5 Shanjiau Rd.,Shanjiau Li, Hengchun, Pingtung County.
     

  • Kenting Farm
    Kenting Farm covers an area of 1,149 hectares of pasture and research facilities. It is managed by the Taiwan Livestock Research Institute's Hengchun Station . The entrance to the farm is through the research facility, which is located on the outskirts of the town of Kenting, at the 33-kilometer mark along the Pingtung-Eluanbi Highway. The farm was first established in 1904 during the period of the Japanese occupation. Since the land in the area is too dry and too windy for crop farming, it was earmarked for pasture. In the wide expanse of grassland, cattle graze freely under the imposing presence of Mt. Dajianshr . The research station is involved in the testing and promotion of meat products, and also in disease prevention among livestock. Visitors to the station can sample freshly pasteurized cow's and goat's milk at the visitors center and also wander around the expansive and idyllic pasture where cattle graze.
     

  • Lung Luan Lake Bird-Watching Center
    Historical Background : Lung Luan Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in Taiwan, is about 2.7 kilometers away from Hengchun. During the Ching Dynasty, it was the production center for agricultural and fishing industries in Hengchun. Lung Luan Lake is a migratory spot for some birds. Records show that there are around 180 migratory birds resting in this area. In order to protect and preserve these birds, since 1988, Kengting National Park has actively made plans and organizations for Lung Luan Lake. In 1994, a natural center was set up on the west coast of Lung Luan Lake and it is the first ornithological museum in Taiwan. The natural center is designed to be environment friendly and to be connected with the natural environment. There is a track as long as 800 meters for bird watching and such design prevents human interference and provides high-quality educational space.
    Cultural Highlights : Walking in the Lung Luan Lake Natural Center, you can hear birds chirping on the trees alongside the road. Besides introducing the natural environment and ecological resources, the center also provides books and relative goods. In addition, the center has 12 sophisticated telescopes for visitors to watch birds around the lake. Exhibition is divided into 3 parts: A, B, and C and visitors can learn more about Lung Luan Lake, the migratory birds and other ornithological knowledge. Moreover, you can also watch ornithological tapes if you have particular interest in the field.

     

  • Lungpan Park
    Only about half a mile north from Eluanbi (at the 40.5-kilometers mark on the Pingtung-Eluanbi Highway) is Lungpan Park, which stretches along the high limestone cliffs that overlook the Pacific. It is accessible directly rom the road running between Eluanbi and Jialeshuei to the north and is a favorite spot for visitors who come to watch the sun rise or to gaze at the stars on clear nights. The park is made even more attractive by the presence of one of the area's inhabitants-the Oriental Skylark-and its many beautiful wild flowers.
     

  • Maubitou
    Literally "Cat's Nose", Maubitou is one of the two promontories that form the southernmost part of Taiwan, the other being the Eluanbi promontory. Not reaching quite so far south as Eluanbi, its claim to fame rests on the fact that the rocks here, which have been undermined and have fallen into the sea, are said to resemble a crouching cat. From a pavilion on top of Maubitou it is possible to look across the length of Kenting's southern coastline and the hills that rise above it. Closer at hand, geological formations such as Skirt Coast also provide considerable interest. There are a number of shops in this location and it is an excellent place for a picnic. To reach Maubitou, follow Provincial Route No. 26 from Hengchun for three kilometers until you reach Mt. Ma-an. From there take Road No. 153, which leads straight down to the coast.
     

  • Sandimen
    Scenes from a Primitive Past Many of Taiwan's aborigines, especially those living in the island's lowland areas, were assimilated after the Chinese arrived several hundred years ago. Nine distinct tribes remain, with a total population of over 300,000. Six of the nine tribes are concentrated primarily in Taitung and Pingtung counties, in the southern half of Taiwan. The area known as Sandimen (Door to Three Places) includes the three villages of Shuimen, Sandimen, and Peiyeh, which are located in Pingtung county, east of Kaohsiung city. Sandimen is the home of the Paiwan tribe, which is closelyrelated, both culturally and linguistically, to the much smaller Rukai who live nearby. The peaceful village still retains its aboriginal color and tribal customs; stone slab houses, stone desks, and stone and wood carvings are on display for tourists. A particularly interesting time to visit the village is during the August harvest festival, an annual revival of traditional dances, songs, and costumes.
     

  • The Rukais of Wutai
    Wutai is a mountain township in the northeastern part of Pingtung County, and in addition to Wutai itself includes the villages of Yila, Quwu, Ali, Jiamu, Dawu, and Haocha. It is called the "holy land of the Rukai Tribe," and is the largest and most important Rukai settlement in the county. Perched about 1,000 meters above sea level among the forested peaks of the Mt. Dawu area, in the southernmost end of the Central Mountain Range, the village us pleasingly cool with an average year-round temperature of 17-18 degrees Celsius. Wutai is frequently shrouded in swirling white mists that add an air of mystery to an already enchanting scene. Visitors with a fondness for aborigine culture should make an effort to come here in mid-August for the annual harvest festival, which features a series of activities including singing and dancing, swinging contests, throwing competitions, evening parties, and ritual ceremonies. Evidence of the richness of Rukai culture is seen here in traditional slate houses, the hundred-pacer snake totems, and other artifacts. The hundred-pacer is the ancestral symbol of the Rukais, so these snakes appear together with human beings in the wood and stone sculptures that you can see in abundance in Wutai. There is no better way to gain an insight into Rukai culture than to take a trip to this fascinating mountain village. Wutai is situated in a restricted mountain area, though, so you have to get an A-class mountain permit before setting out. You can do this at the Pingtung County Police Department.
     

GENERAL

  • Fengchueisha
    About two kilometers north of Lungpan Park is a unique natural phenomenon called Fengchueisha, which literally means "Windblown Sand". During the rainy season in summer a mixture of red soil and sand is washed down the gentle slopes into the Pacific Ocean creating a kind of "sand river". In winter, strong northeastern monsoon winds blow the sand from the shore back onto the land, reversing the direction of the flow. This natural spectacle is best seen during winter.
     

  • Hengchun
    Hengchun is on the southern tip of Taiwan and gets its name because it enjoys spring-like weather year-round. The old city was built in 1873 during the Ching dynasty. The city wall. which is the best preserved in Taiwan. is 2.700 meters long with gates.
     

  • Kenting
    When the weather is fine and the great outdoors beckons, there are few resorts in Taiwan to beat Kenting for the wealth of activities on offer. Located on the Hengchun Peninsula at the southern tip of Taiwan, Kenting is surrounded on three sides by water: by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Bashi to the south, and the Taiwan Straits to the west. Down the middle runs the tail end of Taiwan's massive Central Mountain Range. The rugged coast has been shaped by centuries of erosion and offers spectacular views. The ocean provides some of Taiwan's richest fishing grounds, the coral reefs are a tourist's delight, and the weather a holidaymaker's dream. Kenting's subtropical climate means that the beaches are open all year round, and that the many forest reserves and recreation areas are full of amazing birds, beasts, flowers, and trees. Along the beachfront nightlife rages, with bars, discos, restaurants, and holiday resorts where visitors can party away into the early hours. The centerpiece of the Hengchun Peninsula is Kenting National Park, Taiwan's only tropical national park. Established in 1982, Kenting National Park covers a total area of 33,268 hectares of land and maritime environments. This is Taiwan's most densely populated national park, and it includes large stretches of agricultural land's providing visitors with a view of typical Taiwanese rural life. In addition, the national park includes mountains, forests, pasture, lakes, sand dunes, beaches, and coral reefs imply everything you could desire when you want to get up front and personal with Mother Nature.

     

  • Kenting Bird Watching
    When the weather is fine and the great outdoors beckons, there are few resorts in Taiwan to beat Kenting for the wealth of activities on offer. Located on the Hengchun Peninsula at the southern tip of Taiwan, Kenting is surrounded on three sides by water: by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Bashi to the south, and the Taiwan Straits to the west. Down the middle runs the tail end of Taiwan's massive Central Mountain Range. The rugged coast has been shaped by centuries of erosion and offers spectacular views. The ocean provides some of Taiwan's richest fishing grounds, the coral reefs are a tourist's delight, and the weather a holidaymaker's dream. Kenting's subtropical climate means that the beaches are open all year round, and that the many forest reserves and recreation areas are full of amazing birds, beasts, flowers, and trees. Along the beachfront nightlife rages, with bars, discos, restaurants, and holiday resorts where visitors can party away into the early hours. The centerpiece of the Hengchun Peninsula is Kenting National Park, Taiwan's only tropical national park. Established in 1982, Kenting National Park covers a total area of 33,268 hectares of land and maritime environments. This is Taiwan's most densely populated national park, and it includes large stretches of agricultural land's providing visitors with a view of typical Taiwanese rural life. In addition, the national park includes mountains, forests, pasture, lakes, sand dunes, beaches, and coral reefs imply everything you could desire when you want to get up front and personal with Mother Nature.
     

  • Lung Ran Lake
    The Lung Ran Reservoir was built in 1946. and is used not only for irrigation purposes but also is a scenic area and has become a nature center and bird sanctuary that is popular with bird watchers.
     

  • Mt. Dajianshr
    Mt. Dajianshr, or Mount Big Point, stands 318 meters high and is the symbol and foremost landmark of Kenting National Park. Its appearance varies with the angle and distance from which it is viewed. Although at first it looks as if it would be impossible to climb, it is actually very easy to get to the top. In fact there are two ways up the hill,a steeper trail to the south and a gentler path to the north. Both footpaths can be reached from the entrance to the Kenting Forest Recreation Area. Upon reaching the top you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the farm's green pasturelands and the ocean near South Bay.
     

  • Mt. Guan (Guanshan)
    Mt. Guan is located near the western coast, between Hengchun and Maubitou. It is formed of coral and stands 152 meters above sea level. Standing above this predominantly flat section of the Hengchuen Peninsula, it provides spectacular views of Lungluan Lake, South Bay, and the length of the western coast. At the top of Mt. Guan is the Fude (Earth God) Temple , one of only a very few old temples that have been constructed of coral rock. The temple is a popular spot from which to watch the sunset.
     

  • Sheding Park
    Uphill from the Kenting Forest Recreation Area is Sheding Park. This park provides visitors with an opportunity to see flora and fauna in their natural state (in contrast to the Kenting Forest Recreation Area, in which the display is much more formalized). The front section of the park contains a number of walkways and birdwatching pavilions,which provide an ideal location for watching some of the larger birds that stop over in Kenting on their migrations. The best time to view these birds is around October. Further to the south, the park has been left largely undeveloped, giving visitors with enough time and energy the chance to explore the lush forests of Kenting in their unspoiled state.

MUSEUM / GALLERY / MEMORY

  • National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
    National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium( NMMBA) is located at Checheng National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium( NMMBA) is located at Checheng Village of Pingtung County, as the largest marine life museum in Asia. The main exhibit halls for the present are "Waters of Taiwan", " Coral Kingdom Pavilion", and "Waters of the World" which is scheduled to open in 2006. To take Taiwan as its model, NMMBA demonstrates the waters of Taiwan in ecological sense, carefully dividing under water species according to specific environments, from high mountain streams, brook edges about riverbeds, inter-tidal waters, and then to the deep, immense ocean area. The Coral Kingdom invites you to encounter with a variety of colorful coral as well as those cheerful, friendly cetacean creatures, through the 80- meter- long underwater corridor. Speaking of the now-constructing "Waters of the World" hall, it is going to show the interactions and impacts occur among main waters and civilizations globally, giving directions for exploring those mysterious marine habitats by virtual tunnels or 3D theaters. The wavy shaped roof--- motif of the major part of museum---was meant to arouse among visitors the idea of water, which goes well with those mountains and ocean in sight. Besides, you may also find within NMMBA some restaurants with a nice view, seaside coffee shops suitable for a stroll around, gift stores selling marine life curios?and more services of the sort. Being a neighbor to Kenting National Park, NMMBA has made itself another great spot on the long list of museums contributed to education of natural life in Hengchun, where is famous for its abundance in original resources and scenery.
     

  • Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park
    Historical Background : In order to preserve aboriginal culture and resources, the government established Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park in Pingtung County in 1987. The park is 82.65 hectares in area, presenting the 9 aboriginal tribes and their characteristics. The park is next to Fu Ku Wan, which as a natural and graceful scenery. There are no modern architectures in the vicinity. With the convenient transportation, the park is perfect for holiday recreation.
    Cultural Highlights : The Taiwan Aboriginal Park has traditional tribal cabins, including Tai Ya, Sai Hsia, A Mei, Ya Mei, Tsao, Pu Nung, Pai Wan and Lu Kai. The cabins are located according to each tribe's tradition and lifestyle. There are a wax figure room, a multimedia room and an exhibition room in the park, presenting the development and culture of the aboriginal tribes. The handicraft room shows how the aborigines create their unique handcrafts.

     

  • The Sisal Industry Historical Monument
    In 1901, sisal was introduced for experimental planting in Taiwan. Within 20 years it developed into one of the major crops of the Hengchun Peninsula. Huge demand for sisal by-products, mostly packaging materials and high quality ropes, meant that large areas were cleared to become sisal plantations. By the 1960s, just prior to the collapse of demand for sisal following the development of nylon and other synthetic fibers, a quarter of all farmers in the region planted sisal. While sisal plants can still often be seen around Kenting and elsewhere on the Hengchun Peninsula, it is no longer a major crop. The Sisal Industry Historical Monument exhibits some of the equipment used to process sisal and some of the old buildings that used to form the main processing center during the period of the Japanese occupation.
     

HERITAGE / TEMPLE

  • Wanchin Catholic Church
    Wanchin Catholic Church is located in the small town of Wanchin. It was established by a Philippino priest during the Ching Dynasty. Completely restored in 1960, it is Taiwan's oldest church and qualifies as a third-class historic site. It has been called the "Holy Cathedral of Mary" by Pope Paul II. An inscription on a stone plaque inside, dating back to the Ching dynasty, implies the church was erected by consent of the Manchu authorities.
     

BEACHS / ISLANDS

  • Chia Le Shui
    Historical Background : Chia Le Shui is situated in Manjhou Hsiang on the east side of Heng Tsun Peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean. It used to be called Chia Lo Shui, which meant waterfall. In 1975, late President Chiang Ching Kuo renamed this place "chia Le Shui" because it means happiness in Chinese. There is a stone pavement as long as 2.5 kilometers, leading to Shan Hai Waterfall. The waterfall is formed by 3 streams gathering here and there is grass above the waterfall with expansive views.
    Cultural Highlights : Chia Le Shui stretches as long as 2.5 kilometers and faces the Pacific Ocean. With the constant erosion by the sea and strong wind, the terrains here are very special, forming unique rock shapes, such as the rabbit rock, the ball rock, the frog rock, the grid rock, and the beehive rock. Some of the rocks look like chessboards. The beehive shaped rocks are eroded by the sea or the wind when there are remains of living creatures in the rock. There is abundant wildlife in this area and there are plenty of marine lives here. With Kuroshio (the Japanese current) passing here every year, fish resources here are very rich and many fishing lovers would come here at leisure.

     

  • Eluanbi Park
    Kenting's rugged coastline provides some of the area's most outstanding attractions. The most prominent of these must be Eluanbi, also known as "Taiwan's Tail". This is the island's southernmost point. Eluanbi Park was created in 1982 to provide an appropriate venue for people coming to visit Taiwan's southernmost point and one of the peninsula's most notable landmarks, the Eluanbi Lighthouse, also called "The Light of East Asia". It stands 21.4 meters high and is reputedly the brightest lighthouse in Asia. The park covers an area of 59 hectares. Within the park there are a number of recreational facilities and a wide range of interesting geological, botanical, and ornithological features. The area covered by the park is also one of the sites of Kenting's prehistoric cultures. To reach Eluanbi just follow the Pingtung-Eluanbi Highway to its southernmost point (the 40-kilometer point of that road).
     

  • Little Liouciou
    Historical Background : Little Liouciou is Taiwan's only zero cay insular, which locates at the southwest of the Kao Ping Stream in Southern Taiwan. Start from Tung Port of Ping Tung, you can reach the place traveling eight sea miles by ship. Little Liouciou earliest in the historic record is chasing back to the ancient time that the Dutch called this place "Golden lion island". For the Chinese clan it was about a man, Lee Yueh Lao, from Tung An Town of Fuchou saw the island like the small ball on the sea in 1755 (The Ching Year of 20th). He called it Little Liouciou. And the name is been used till now. The main purpose to Little Liouciou is to see the seabed world. Because it is belonging to the clay insular, the bottom of the island contains many kinds of tropical fishes. They are colorful. Paisha Bay is a best place for diving. The white sand beach is the optimum place for floating. Because the affection of the landform that is not suitable for agriculture procreation, 80 percent of the job is catching fish. The fishermen in Taiwan have great belief in Ma Buddha. But the fishermen here have the great belief in Chen Chin Goddess, the Wu Fu God, and the Kuan Buddha of Bi Yun Cloister. The people in the island have great belief in Kuan Buddha, no matter marriage or praying for hopes, people will come to Buddha to ask for directions. It has become the prayer center of the people.
    Cultural Highlights : Vase Stone (rock) is the sign of Little Liouciou. The head of the rock is big and the neck is thin. The rock is about nine meters high. The most funny part is that the flowers grown on the head of the rock which has no soil on it.

     

  • Sand Island (Shadau)
    There is a beautiful stretch of beach further to the east of Sail Rock at Sand Island (Shadau; at the 39-kilometer mark of the Pingtung-Eluanbi Highway). The sand here is particularly white, for it is made up primarily of ground seashell. The unusually high level of purity (97.68% seashell sand) has made Sand Island a protected area and the beach is off limits to the public. Located near the beach is the Seashell Sand Exhibition Hall, which has a hands-on display of the special sand of Sand Island.
     

  • South Bay (Nanwan)
    On reaching the coast traveling south from Hengchun, one of the first towns you come to is South Bay (at the 28-kilometer mark along the Pingtung-Eluanbi Highway). The beach here is about one kilometer long and is fully equipped with marked swimming areas, lifeguards, shower/changing room facilities, and ample parking. The street that runs behind the beach is lined with shops renting a wide range of equipment for water sports. The most popular activities in this area are swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing. There are also a number of restaurants, coffeehouses, and bars in the area.

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