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The Magnificent Hengchun Peninsula in Southern Taiwan

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Billy Shyu
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Located in the most southern tip of Taiwan, Hengchun Peninsula (恆春半島) is a must-see destination featuring picturesque natural beauty and fascinating geology. In addition to the famous Kenting National Park, there are also many other popular attractions where visitors can enjoy the breathtaking coastline, shimmering seascapes, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the local culture and history.

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Longpan Park (龍磐公園)

Facing the vast Pacific Ocean, Longpan Park is an expanse of breathtaking grassland transformed from uplifted coral reefs on Hengchun Peninsula. There is a wooden plank walkway with a creative heart shape in the middle leading visitors from the roadside of a highway to a lookout point to explore slumping cliffs, skirt-like coral reefs, and other striking views.

Longpan Park is a spacious place for visitors to watch the sunrise, sunset, and the stars on Hengchun Peninsula. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
With a wide range of grassland, Longpan Park is a spacious place for visitors to watch the sunrise, sunset, and the stars. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Along the walkway, visitors not only can appreciate the expansive grassland and the red clay terrain, but they can also see tropical plants and flowers. At the end of the walkway is a perfect spot to take in the twists and turns of the coastline, amazing views of the horizon, and other impressive natural features. With three lookout points, the park is also a great location to watch the sunrise and sunset, as well as to gaze at the stars at night.

Longpan Park is a coral limestone tableland that is rich in slumping cliffs, caves, and fissures eroded by rainwater. (Image: Julia Fu / Nspirement)
Longpan Park is a coral limestone tableland that is rich in slumping cliffs, caves, and fissures eroded by rainwater. (Image: Julia Fu / Nspirement)

Fengchuisha (風吹沙)

About 2 kilometers away from Longpan Park is an amazing wind-eroded and aeolian landscape. This stunning natural phenomenon is called Fengchuisha, which literally means wind-blown sand.

Fongchueisha is formed by the particular weather in Kenting in southern Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
Fongchueisha is formed by a unique weather pattern in Kenting in southern Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

In the summertime, the mixture of red soil and sand is washed down the slopes into the ocean, resulting in the phenomena of sand waterfalls and rivers. From September to March, the strong winds of winter’s northeastern monsoons blow back the sand from the ocean to the inland, creating the landscape. These natural spectacles are best seen in winter.

Looking out over the cliffs and blue ocean from Fengchuisha,. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
Looking out over the cliffs and blue ocean from Fengchuisha. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Southernmost point of Taiwan (台灣最南點)

The southernmost point of Taiwan in Pingtung County’s Hengchun Township is as equally famous as Fugui Cape Lighthouse (富貴角燈塔) in New Taipei City’s Shimen District, which is the northernmost tip of mainland Taiwan.

There's a stone marker showing exactly Taiwan's southernmost point. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
There’s a stone marker showing exactly Taiwan’s southernmost point. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

At the end of a 500-meter-long stone-paved path shaded by thick tropical plants, a triangular pyramid-shaped marker of Taiwan’s southernmost point is located at a platform on the seashore. It is a perfect location to take in the Pacific Ocean on the left, and the Bashi Channel on the right, as well as a majestic view of the coral reefs.

The Southernmost Point of Taiwan is a great spot to take in the picturesque coast covered with coral reefs. (Image: Julia Fu / Nspirement)
The southernmost point of Taiwan is a great spot to take in the picturesque coast covered with coral reefs. (Image: Julia Fu / Nspirement)

Hengchun Peninsula’s Guanshan (關山)

Standing 152 meters above sea level, Guanshan is a seaside hill formed of coral reefs in Hengchun Peninsula’s flat section between Hengchun and Maobitou. Selected by CNN as one of the 12 superb sunset spots around the world, the “Sunset at Guanshan” (關山夕照) was in fact among the eight most popular scenic spots in the Hengchun region during the Qing Dynasty. The best time to enjoy the amazing view of the sun gradually setting into the ocean is between June and October.

Guanshan is the best place in Kenting National Park for viewing the sunrise or sunset. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
Guanshan is the best place in Kenting National Park for viewing sunrises and sunsets. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Guanshan offers a number of perfect spots for viewing the spectacular sunset, among them is the “Sunset Platform” erected on the top of the hill. It is also the best location to enjoy a magnificent view of Nanwan and the Western coast of the Hengchun Peninsula. Another spot to enjoy the superb sunset and the panoramic view of the breathtaking natural scenery is Gaoshanyen Fude Temple (高山巖福德宮).

Legend has it that this turtle- like rock was a stone that flew here from the Philippines hundreds of years ago. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
Legend has it that this turtle-like rock was a stone that flew here from the Philippines hundreds of years ago. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Close to Gaoshanyen Fude Temple, there is a turtle-like rock that is believed to be a stone that flew here from the Philippines according to an ancient legend. In front of the temple, there is also a small cave in the coral reef called  “Wisdom Cave.” Though it is a little tricky to enter the cave due to its narrow opening and small space, it’s still worthwhile to check it out.

Guanshan is in fact an elevated coral reef terrace. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
Guanshan is in fact an elevated coral reef terrace. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

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