Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park Pingtung County

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Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park is located on the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, the southern tip of the island. It's one of nine national parks in Taiwan and filled with lush greenery, white sand beaches, and a variety of coral species. Summertime temperatures are known to reach 38 degrees Celsius, but the southern coast has plenty of snorkeling, surfing, diving, swimming, and hiking to beat the heat.

Kenting Forest was once an underwater coral reef. Now the landscape is filled with limestone caves, narrow canyons, and cliff walls laden with the roots of banyan trees. Kenting's most famous landmark is the still-functioning Eluanbi Lighthouse. Dating back to the 1880s, the lighthouse is situated inside Eluanbi Park, at the southernmost end of Taiwan's Central Mountain Range. The park has many hiking trails, coral rocks, a coastal walkway, and plenty of lookout points to enjoy the view and sea breeze.

A favorite spot among ecotourists, families, and picnickers is Shedding Nature Park. A walking trail stretches through bamboo groves, crevices between coral rocks, rolling hills, and open grasslands. Sika deer, dozens of butterfly species, macaques, and wild boar are commonly spotted here. For some history, explore Hengchun Old Town, the first castle town ever built in Taiwan. It's the only castle town in the country that still has all of its gates standing. The south gate is the most well-preserved of all the gates. The small town also has plenty of eateries and shops, perfect for a day trip.

Cool down among the coral.

Post cover photo “Shadao, coast of Kenting National Park” by Jing Shin Chang is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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