Kenting National Park (墾丁國家公園; Kěndīng Guójiā Gōngyuán) attracted massive attention first as one of the settings for Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng’s hit movie Cape No. 7 in 2008, and later for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi in 2012. But long before this period of cinema-fuelled tourism spike, the park, which occupies the entire southern tip of Taiwan, was already drawing in flocks of visitors who came to swim, surf, snorkel and dive, visit museums, hike and enjoy a little nightlife – all year round. The average January temperature is 21°C and it’s usually warm enough for you to swim. In July it can get to a scorching 38°C.
Low mountains and hilly terraces prevail over much of the land in the park, along with rugged high cliffs and sandy deserts. The swimming beaches with yellow sands and turquoise waters are wonderfully suited to recreation, and sightseeing on a scooter or bicycle is highly enjoyable.
The spots belong to or spread around Kenting National Park are very different from each others because of the diversity of geography in this beautiful area. And that’s the reason why Kenting is so attractive to people. You have to take buses or even rent a car/scooter is better to travel from spot to spot. Here are some top sites you cannot miss while visiting.(Check the links out to see more detailed intro!Enjoy it!)
Taiwan‘s Southernmost Point:The location is 120o 50’ E and 21o 53’59″ N, on the brick of Bashi Channel, facing Pacific Ocean on left side. Everything on the earth originally coexists in peace like this. And actually the most south point of Taiwan is in a kilometer near ELuanBi Park!
Jialeshui:Here, everybody goes surfing, surfing, and surfing. It has even been described,”Unlike other Asian surf hubs—Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, the Philippines, and China’s Hainan Island—Southern Taiwan is much quieter” from one of the TIME reporter!
Eluanbi Lighthouse:The ELuanBi Park most south point of Taiwan is actually in a kilometer near the most south point! And the lighthouse is right in the Park. At night, you can have a peaceful view from the beach few miles away, enjoying the warm shimmering light from the lighthouse.
Kenting Forest Recreation Area:Kenting National Forest Recreation Area in Hengchun Town of Pingtung County is situated at the center of Hengchun Peninsula,the southernmost tip of Taiwan. Due to the tropical climate here, day-to-day temperature varies very minimally…
National Museum of Marine Biology:Planning for the museum began in 1991, and the museum itself was opened on February 25, 2000.In addition to the museum, the park surrounding the museum is an outdoor water park, which’s the largest in Taiwan!
Sheding Nature Park:Situated in a natural environment, Sheding Nature Park is covered with coral reef valleys, limestone caves, and grasslands. The park belonged to the aboriginal Paiwan people, and is now the center of wildlife research and conservation.
Kenting National Park
[墾丁國家公園 / kěn dīng Gúojiā Gōngyuán]
-Located in:Southern Taiwan
-Features:Nature Landscapes, Scenic Spots, Outdoor activities
-Highly recommend to:Outdoors Enthusiasts
-Opening Hours:Tourist Center
|By plane→Kaohsiung International Airport→take bus bound for Kenting.|
|By train→Kaohsiung or Fangliao Train Station→take bus bound for Kenting|
|Buses→HSR Zuoying Station:ground floor Kaohsiung Railway Station:on the other side of the street across the station|
-More detailed info:Kenting National Park’s Official Website
-Address:No.596, Kenting Rd., Hengchun Township, Pingtung County
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Info quoted from:Travel King
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