Entering the Park from Baoli (the Park’s west
entrance) along the west coast road, you will see
Gueishan to your right hand side. Shaped like a
turtle, its hilltop is the ideal spot for viewing
Sihchong River, Baoli River, and Hengchun Valley.
Houwan is a quiet little fishing village situated
along the beautiful coast, and is also the location
of National Museum of Marine Biology.
Syunguangzuei, or Shanhai, is a natural bay shaped
like the claw of a crab. A variety of corals and
marine life forms live along its beautiful shores.
Guanshan, or Gaoshanyan, is a coral tableland
rising 152 meters above sea level, and is covered
with coral reefs and fissures. To the north you
can see Dapingding Tableland, fringing reef shores,
and the fishing villages on the west coast; to the
east you can see Hengchun Valley, Longluantan, and
hills; and to the south you can see the entire coast
from Maobitou to Eluanbi. This is the best place
to watch the sunset in Kenting National Park.
Baisha is a pretty and quiet bay with a pure white
sand beach that runs for 400 meters. The beach consists
of sand that comes from corals and seashells, with
a calcium carbonate percentage of 87.6%. Shielded
by the tableland to its east, the bay remains calm
during winter, and is suitable for all kinds of
beach and marine activities.
Situated on the southernmost tip of the southwest
cape, Maobitou looks out to Eluanbi across the Bashi
Channel, and got its name from a cat-like rock that
broke off from the cliffs. Here you will find a
typical coral reef coast, with interesting landforms
such as fringing reef shores, slumping cliffs, eroded
fissures, columns, and potholes.
Houbihu is the largest fishing port in Hengchun.
Spring and summer catches consist mainly of umbrella
swordfish, flying fish, and Mahi-mahi; while autumn
and winter catches consist mainly of white and black
swordfish. The newly completed yacht dock now plays
an important role in the Park’s marine recreational
A large lake covering 175 hectares, Longluantan
is not only a water reservoir for irrigation but
also a paradise for migratory birds in southern
Taiwan during autumn and winter. The Nature Center
on the lake’s west shore is Taiwan’s first bird
exhibition hall. It provides exhibitions, as well
as bird watching activities.
Industry History Exhibition:
Formerly known as Hengchun Hemp Site, this place
belonged to Taiwan Sisal Hemp Co. during Japanese
occupation, and later belonged to Taiwan Agriculture
Industry after World War II. In 1984, Kenting National
Park Headquarters renovated the site and set up
the "Sisal Industry History Exhibition",
to preserve cultural assets and local features,
in the hope of helping people understand the influence
of the sisal industry on Hengchun’s economy and
Nanwan used to be a whaling area during Japanese
occupation, and is now a fishing village. It has
a soft, clean sand beach stretching 600 meters and
is perfect for all kinds of beach activities. Nanwan
Recreation Area also provides shower rooms, restrooms,
and restaurants for your convenience.
National Park Headquarters:
Located at Tanzihwan, Kenting National Park Headquarters
consists of the Administration Department and the
Visitor’s Center. The Administration Department
is responsible for the management of the Park, and
the Visitor’s Center provides inquiry services,
video presentations, guided tours, and exhibitions.
Youth Activity Center:
Located on the north of Cingwashih, this Fujian-style
architecture allows visitors to experience the way
of life in a traditional setting.
Cingwashih looks like a frog about to leap into
the ocean. It is part of the “Kenting shale”, as
is Dajianshan and Siaojianshan.
Dajianshan is the most prominent landmark in the
Park, and is famous for its different appearances
when viewed from different angles. At close range,
it looks like a giant slab of rock; but seen from
Eluanbi, it takes the form of a tall, sharp peak.
Siaowan is located to the south of Cingwashih.
Its white beaches are great for swimming, and also
ideal for diving and observing corals and tropical
Forest Recreation Area:
Formerly called Kenting Park, Kenting Forest Recreation
Area used to be a tropical botanical garden during
Japanese occupation. It is home to an abundance
of indigenous plants and tropical plants introduced
in earlier years. You will also find all sorts of
interesting caves and valleys in this area.
The area used to belong to the aboriginal Paiwan
people. It is covered with coral reef valleys, limestone
caves, and grasslands. Cicadas, butterflies, and
their host plants are abundant in this region, and
the trees stand proud despite the raging winter
winds. The east portion of Sheding Nature Park has
been set-aside for the Formosan Sika Deer, and is
now the center of wildlife research and conservation.
A piece of coral reef rock that broke off from
a nearby tableland, Chuanfanshih looks like a sailing
ship from a distance, and resembles the profile
of former U.S. President Richard Nixon when viewed
The most beautiful sand beach in Kenting National
Park, Shadao runs for 220 meters and is composed
of seashell sand (seashell, coral, and forams),
with a calcium carbonate percentage of 97.7%. It
is one of the many Ecological Protection Areas in
the Park, and contains the Shell Beach Exhibition
Eluanbi is the southernmost tip of Taiwan, and
also the point where the Bashi Channel meets the
Pacific Ocean. In Eluanbi Park, you will find huge
coral reef rocks, unique coral reef plants, and
tropical coastal plants. There is also the famous
historical building – the Lighthouse (constructed
in 1882), and a 5,000-year-old pre-historic site.
Tip of Taiwan:
Taiwan’s southernmost tip is located on the southeast
side of Eluanbi Park (Longitude: 120°50’59” E, Latitude:
21°53’58” N). You will find a monument and inscriptions
at the point.
A wide grassland lying between Jiae road and the
Pacific Ocean, Longpan is a coral limestone tableland
with slumping cliffs, caves, and fissures eroded
by rainwater. This place is perfect for watching
the sunrise, sunset, and the stars.
Hengchun Peninsula has very distinctive dry and
wet seasons. Heavy rains in summer wash the sand
to the seashore, while strong winds in winter blow
the sand back upon the cliffs, thus creating the
spectacular view of sand falls, sand rivers, and
Originally called Jialuoshuei (Fujianese for “waterfall”),
Jialeshuei is an outdoor geology classroom full
of oddly shaped rocks carved by strong winds and
roaring waves, including rock chessboards, rock
marbles, rock potholes, and rock honeycombs.
Gangkou River, the longest river in Kenting National
Park, runs through this area, watering fertile fields
along its way. The leeward slopes are scarcely inhabited,
and transiting gray-faced buzzards rest in the lush
forests every autumn, attracting bird watchers to
the nearby Lide Bridge.
Chuhuo is part of the Kenting shale, and contains
many fissures through which natural gas leaks to
the surface and ignites. During the wet season in
summer, the fissures are often blocked by mud, thus
we recommended that you visit this place during
winter and spring when the weather is dry.
Kenting National Park Administration Office 946 No.596, Kenting Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County 946, Taiwan (R.O.C))
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