Need to escape for a few days? Breaking free for the weekend is easy in Taiwan, especially when you don't need a passport to feel like you're worlds away.
As the entryway to the magnificent Kenting National Park – one of Taiwan's seven national parks – Hengchun often houses more tourists than locals.
As the main export hub in Taiwan, Kaohsiung City is home to important ports and Taiwan's navy, in addition to manufacturing, shipbuilding and refining businesses, giving the city an industrial character since the last century.
Kenting has long been famous for its Phuket-esque atmosphere, with alluring beaches and even more alluring teeny weeny bikinis.
Pu Du (universal salvation) are sacrificial rites with the intention of appeasing ghosts with no heirs to care for them. Jung Yuan Pu Du falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
One of Taiwan's largest lagoons, Dapeng Bay (大鵬灣) has been earmarked for development into a major tourist resort since the late 1990s.
It's always a delight to be able to get out of the city and up into the mountains into the fresh air, beautiful scenery and amongst the chirping birds.
No visitors traveling the Southern Cross-Island Highway should miss a stop at Tianchih (天池) and Chang Ching Temple (長青祠), because they are the central part of the highway.
There's no doubt about it: Taiwan is home to some pretty odd sights. On this small island you can find such minor geological wonders such as fire-water sources (which spout water and flammable gas simultaneously)...
Xiao Liuqiu (小琉球), the solitary little island off the coast of Taiwan's southernmost Pingtung(屏東) County, has been a popular tourist destination for many years, thanks both to its beauty, and to the fast and efficient yacht service which connects the island with mainland Taiwan in just 25 minutes.
2009/4/27, 1 Comment