The city of Hengchun is the entry way to Kenting National Park, the oldest and southernmost National Park in Taiwan. The park is well known for its tropical climate and sunshine, scenic mountain and beach. Kenting (墾丁) means pathfinders or pioneers.

Day 1

Hengchun Township

Hengchun Township

As the southernmost township in Taiwan, the city of Hengchun is the entry way to Kenting National Park and is the gateway to the tropical beach resorts and night markets of downtown Kenting. It was built during the 1st year of GuangXu's reign of the Qing dynasty in 1875 and completed in 1879. The old town was once completely surrounded by a city wall; now about half of the wall remains intact, as well as the four city gates. Because of this, Hengchun is one of the best-preserved historical towns in Taiwan. The township is served by its Hengchun Airport, serving domestic flights from Taipei Songshan Airport.

Kenting National Park

Established in 1984, it is Taiwan's oldest and southernmost national park, covering the southernmost area of the Taiwan island along Bashi Channel. This national park is well known for its tropical climate and sunshine, scenic mountain and beach, the Spring Scream rock-band festival held in every March, and has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Taiwan. With coral sea cliffs teemed with fringing reefs along the west coast, the park features a large number of mountains in the north, and coral tablelands and foothills in the south. The park also hosts rich terrestrial biodiversity of fauna and flora including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and various insects.

Kending Street

Also known as Kenting Night Market, this street is the main road of Kenting filled with food stalls and restaurants serving a wide variety of traditional Taiwanese snacks, especially grilled seafood given the location of Kenting. There are also many stores and vendors selling souvenirs and accessories.

Eluanbi Park

This park is located in Cape Eluanbi. The cape was recognized as the southernmost point of the empire during Japanese colonial periods, and served as an important shipping port during war times. There are nature reserves in the park such as the Longkeng Ecological Protection Area that protect coral reefs.

Eluanbi Lighthouse

The lighthouse is located in between the Pacific Ocean and the Taiwan Strait, facing toward the Luzon Strait. Thus, it has a splendid panorama. It was first built in the Qing dynasty, and rebuilt by the Japanese government in 1898. After being destroyed during the war, it was restored again. It was chosen as one of Eight Views of Taiwan in colonial times. Today, Eluanbi Lighthouse is called "The Light of East Asia", because it shines the most powerful light among Taiwan's lighthouses.

Most Southern Point in Taiwan

It is the southernmost point of Taiwan. Facing the water, the Pacific Ocean is on visitors' left and the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines is on the right.

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