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Kenting

Located in Pingtung (píng dōng 屏东), a beautiful city in southern Taiwan, Kenting is a popular, enchanting holiday destination for all types of travelers. Having a tropical climate, summer in Kenting is usually hot and mild in winter, which makes Kenting a pleasant Taiwan holiday destination to visit all year round.

Kenting is the paradise of leisure and fun, as well as the home to tropical forests, meadows, and seaside cliffs. The Kenting National Park has an area more than 33 hectares covering notable Kenting attractions include Eluanbi Park (é luán bí gōng yuán 鹅銮鼻公园), Nanwan (or South Bay, nán wān 南湾), Maobitou (māo bí tóu 猫鼻头), Longluantan (lóng luán tán 龙銮潭), and many others. Discover Kenting, the wonderful Taiwan tourist destination that enthralls travelers of all ages.


Overview

Kenting’s natural environment draws thousands of tourists from overseas to relax in these ideal weather conditions. The Taiwanese also flock to taste the freshest and finest seafood. Water Kentingsports enthusiasts benefit from the large variety of activities, including scuba diving. The best place for scuba diving is the reef between South Bay and Maobitou. There you can find soft corals, and view the vibrant marine life. You can find it attractive for Kenting National Park Tour, Maobitou, Eluanbi, Kaohsiung and Taroko Gorge National Park (tài lǔ gé guó jiā gōng yuán 太鲁阁国家公园) Tour, Cheng Ching Lake (chéng qīng hú 澄清湖) Tour.


History

The history of the Kenting area is as old as the history of Taiwan itself, although its days as a national park are far fewer. Long before Taiwan established the Kenting National Park Project, the area was perhaps most famously known for its fortified lighthouse, the Elaunbi. In the 1860s, the Chinese government received requests from both the Japanese and the American Kentinggovernments to build a lighthouse at this location, as a number of American and Japanese ships had shipwrecked in the nearby tidal waters. It took almost two decades to build, during which time the Chinese military had to keep watch over the lighthouse to protect it from raiding tribesmen, who did not want the lighthouse on their land.

Elaunbi was completed in 1883. Over 70 feet high with a light that projects 185 feet above the water for more than 27 nautical miles, the Elaunbi lighthouse still performs its duty.


Attractions

Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park (kěn dīng gúo jiā gōng yuán 垦丁国家公园) is a national park of Taiwan, located in Hengchun (héng chūn 恒春), Pingtung County, Taiwan. The park is the oldest and southernmost park in Taiwan and was established on January 1, 1984. It is located near Kenting on a bay a short distance from Taiwan's southernmost tip. The park is famous for its coral reef cliffs, and for housing the historical lighthouse of Eluanbi.

Kenting National Park has a beautiful landscape that is divided into 2 parts by the long and narrow Hengchun Longitudinal Valley Plain. This Taiwan national park is gifted with a combination of coral tablelands, sand waterfalls, coral cliffs, sunken caves, stalactites, as well as diverse topography, geography and ecosystem that attraction large number of visitors each year.

Location: Situated in Hengchun Town, Pingtung County, Taiwan
Tel:
+886-8-886-1321
Opening Hours:
09:30-17:00
Admission Fee: TWD 150/adult; TWD 75/child (for reference)

Transportation

By Plane:
Take plane to Kaohsiung International Airport, and then take bus bound for Kenting.
By Train:
Take train to Kaohsiung or Fangliao Train Station, and then take bus bound for Kenting.


Nanwan

Nanwan
Have fun at Nanwan (South Bay, nán wān 南湾), the fishing village that has a soft white sand beach that stretches 600 meters long, and is also the longest bay with a plain slop along the coast providing an excellent place for water activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and more. There are shower rooms, restaurants and restaurants in the area, in which visitors may simply take a shower or enjoy a culinary feast. Each year around April to July, visitors may also find a vibrant, distinctive scene of fishermen fishing milkfish with traditional tools.

Location:
Situated in Kenting National Park,Hengchun Town, Pingtung County, Taiwan
Tel:
+886-8-889-5350
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Close on Tuesday)

Transportation

By Bus:
By Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR):
Take HSR to Kaohsiung HSR Zuoying Station and continue with Bus: Guo-Guang (guó guāng kè yùn 国光客运), Chungnan (zhōng nán kè yùn 中南客运), Kaohsiung (gāo xióng kè yùn 高雄客运) or Pingtung (píng dōng kè yùn 屏东客运) to Linhai (lín hǎi zhàn 邻海站) or Nanwan stop (nán wān zhàn 南湾站).
(Buses leave every hour between 8:40am-10:40pm)
By plane:

Kaohsiung International Airport and continue with Bus: Guo-Guang, Chungnan, Kaohsiung or Pingtung to Linhai or Nanwan stop.
By Train:
Kaohsiung Train Station and continue with Bus: Guo-Guang, Chungnan, Kaohsiung or Pingtung to Linhai or Nanwan stop.


Spring Scream Festival

Spring Scream Festival
Spring Scream Festival (chūn tiān nà hǎn 春天呐喊) is one of Taiwan’s largest international music festivals with a history over a decade. It was first organized by 2 Americans, Jimi Moe and Wade Davis to perform their music. Today, the stage is opened to all musicians all over the world, including underground bands, performers, artists and composers globally. You’ll surely be amazed by the creative and passionate cross-cultural performances.

Location:
Eluanbi Park
Opening Time: April
Admission Fee: Free


Baishawan

Baishawan
Located northwest of Maobitou (Cat Nose) in Kenting National Park of Pingtung County, Taiwan, Kenting Baishawan (or White Sand Bay, bái shā wān 白沙湾) features a 500-meter-long white sandy beach, calm bay, suitable for all kinds of water activities such as swimming, diving, riding motorcycles and many other water sports. The white sand beach is composed of shell sand and embraced by beautiful coral reefs offering a calm and tranquil atmosphere making it a private Kenting scenic spot, suitable to visit both during day and nighttime.

BaishawanBaishawan (White Sand Beach) is one of the nicest beaches in northern Taiwan. It’s long, clean beach is popular with Taiwanese and expats alike. Swimming is permitted during the day, but life guards can be a bit over zealous and refuse to let anyone swim past chest deep water. Beach tent rentals are available and there are a few Taiwanese restaurants near the entrance. There is also a new visitor’s center located at the entrance, with bathrooms, showers and travel information.

Location: In the northwest of Maobitou in Kenting National Park of Pingtung County, Taiwan


Maobitou


Maobitou (māo bí tóu 猫鼻头) is the southernmost tip of Taiwan with a distance of 3.5 km away from White Sand Bay (Baisha Beach) on the southeast corner of the Hengchun Peninsula. Being one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Kenting area, the scenic area Maobitoufeatures a giant piece of coral jutting out the sea. The name “Maobitou” which means “cat’s nose and head” in Mandarin comes from its unique appearance like a crouching cat.

Maobitou is an excellent place to appreciate magnificent ocean views and watch coral seashore being crashed by the waves. The coast of coral reefs features spectacular landforms that are affected by wave erosion, efflorescence, and salt-soaking. The natural landscapes such as wave erosion caves, ditches, and pillars are amazing sceneries that shall not miss out while visiting Kenting. Also, the sunset views here at Maobitou are one of the eight notable sceneries of Hengchun.

Location: In the southeast of Hengchun Peninsula
Tel:
+886-8-8861321
Transportation:
Take Taichi Bus (tái qì kè yùn 台汽客运) - Baishan (bái shā 白沙) or Beishulin (běi shù lín 北树林) route to Shui - Chuan Stop (shuǐ quán zhàn 水泉站), and take about a 30 minute walk to Maobitou.
Opening Hours: 8:30-18:30 (April 1-October 31); 8:30-17:00 (November 1-March 31)
Admission Fee:
Free

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:56
 

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