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Kenting

Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans ( by Chai Youn-chun )

Time established: in September 1982
Total area: 32,570.14 ha ( land area 17,678 ha; marine area 14,891 ha )
Administrative region:
Situated on the Hengchun peninsula, stretching over Chechen rural township, Hengchun township and Manjhou Rural Township, Pingdong County

Official Website

Landscape and Geology


Kenting National Park has gorgeous terrains and landscapes. Shaped long and narrow, the park extends across the Hengchun Valley Plain from south to north, bisecting the park into an eastern and a western section. The extensive surface of Longluan Lake lies silently at the bottom of the valley. Two extended arm intrude to the ocean southward from the park. The one on the left is Maobitou cape and on the right is Eluanbi cape Along the 70km coastline there are rich landforms, including the strange and delicate coral reef, the pure and fine sandy beech, and the ever-changing sandstone coast. Walking toward the inland, there is a quiet and tranquil lake basin, a precipitous isolated peak and a sea cliff. All these display the rich and varying terrains in Kenting National Park.

Flora and Fauna


A wide range of flora is found within the park covering the mountain forest and coastal plain due to the terrains and tropical climate. Plants include a rare coastal forest, a primitive tropical monsoon forest and coral reef plants that fear neither wind nor wave. The flourishing and well-structured plant communities also provide ideal habitats for animals. The rich Flora and fauna make the park a treasure of biology.

Kenting National Park is the first national park in Taiwan particularly to include both marine and terrestrial areas. In the marine area of the park, the Black Current runs across and maintains the annual water temperature at 22-29℃. Also, as there is no emission from the river, and the water is clear and temperate; the park is ideal for its wide range of living organisms. The coral reef is a magnificent underwater palace where colorful coral fishes, shells and algae grow there to form a natural undersea wonder.

Historical and Cultural Sites


Besides the rich natural scenic resources, there are many valuable cultural assets in Kenting National Park. Currently, 70 prehistoric sites have been discovered, and the Kenting and Eluanbi prehistoric sites are the most representative.

Kenting map
Kenting map

Sea anemone
Sea anemone ( by Chai Wang Cing-hua )

Beautiful Kenting


Since 5000~6000 years ago, an ethnic group of mariners already cultivated the Austronesian civilization in this place surrounding by mountain and sea.

In the mid-18th century, this caudal fin in the south was once a part of the world stage.

The tropical climate here has nourished an exuberant flora. The downhill wind ushers in many migratory birds every winter and makes Kenting National Park a sacred place for bird watching.

Combining the pulse of the mountains and the breath of the sea, Kenting National Park has too many beautiful scenes to be fully appreciated all at once.

Kenting National Park has gorgeous mountain and river views, magnificent marine scenery and distinguished cultural assets. It is an ideal place for visitors who enjoy traveling and recreation, and is a perfect spot for professionals to experience natural landscapes.

Blue sky, sunshine, azure sea and white sand are the best illustrations of this tropical national park which affords citizens the opportunity to see a blue coral reef without traveling overseas.

Sea anemone
Sea anemone ( by Chai Wang Cing-hua )
Threadfin butterfly fish
Threadfin butterfly fish ( by Cai Yong-chun )

Kenting National Park Headquarters


596 Kenting Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 94644
Service hours: 8:30-17:00
Tel: 886-8-886-1321
Fax: 886-8-886-2047
Website: Kenting National Park Headquarters

Transportation Guide

Kaohsiung-Kenting

  1. Take buses of the Kaohsiung Bus, Pingtung Bus, Koukuan Bus and Bus Chunnang companies.
  2. Schedule: 40-50 minutes a bus between 00:00 and 04:00. 6-10 minutes a bus during peak hours and 15-20 minutes a bus during off-peak hours.
  3. Dial 886-7-235-7841 to the joint operation center or visit the King Bus website for details.

Precautions

  1. Please study the information relating to the characteristics, difficulty and length of trails and weather information before departure.
  2. Please do not enter the park after a typhoon or earthquake.
  3. Please follow the trail routes and stay away from the cliff during high winds.
  4. Beware of poisonous plants & animals
  5. Please do not collect shells, reefs and plants or disturb the wildlife.6. Please bring away all garbage.

Baisha Bay

This is a beautiful and quiet bay with a clean, white sandy beach about 400m long and a platform barrier in the east. It is quiet even in winter and is perfect for all kinds of beach and marine recreational activity.

Maobitou

As a cape in the west of southern Taiwan, Maobitou is a typical coral reef abrasive landform overlooking another cape, Eluanbi across the Bashi Channel. It is called the “tip of the cat’s nose” because the shape of the adjacent coral rock fallen from the cliff.

Guanshan

The entire area is an uplifted coral reef platform filled with reefs and karsts. It is a superb spot for watching the sunset and the vistas of the park.

Longluan Lake

This deep-water pool has an extensive surface. The water is ordinarily used for irrigation and attracts migratory birds in autumn and winter, and has therefore become a paradise for birds. The nature center on the west bank is the first bird ecology museum in Taiwan and provides exhibitions of bird ecology and dynamic bird observation activities.

South Bay

Previously known as the dabanle, it was a whale-hunting site during the Japanese colonization and is now a fishing village. Its clean and pure beach of about 600m long is ideal for all kinds of beach activities.

Kenting Forest Recreation Area

Previously known as the Kenting Park, it was developed as a tropical botanical garden during the Japanese colonization. There are uplifted coral reefs and thick forests in the area. Besides the native species, there are imported tropical plants. Wonderful scenes, such as the limestone cave, a rift valley, the buttressed root of the looking-glass tree and the pending banyan valley are all worth visiting.

Sheding Nature Park

The entire area is an uplifted coral reef covered with a coral reef rift valley, limestone cave and grassland. The wind shaped trees always facing the northeast monsoon are like natural bonsai looking trees.

Shadao

A shell sand beach about 220m long, the islet contains high levels of calcium carbonate, at 97%. Therefore, it is a protected area of the national park. On the islet there is a shell sand exhibit house for visitors to learn more and see more about shell sand.museum in Taiwan and provides exhibitions of bird ecology and dynamic bird observation activities.

Eluanbi Park

Eluanbi is a cape located in the furthest southern tip of Taiwan at the intersection of the Bashi Channel and Pacific Ocean. The park is covered with coral rocks, unique uplift coral plants and tropical marine plants. Besides the well-known lighthouse, there is a prehistoric site from about 5000 years ago.

Fongchueisha

The dry and wet seasons on Hengchuan Peninsula are clearly divided. The southwestern air current in summer brings in lots of rain to the region, and the rain washes away sand on the peninsula into the ocean. The powerful downhill wind in winter brings the sand back to the top of the cliff from the shore. This makes for a unique weathering landform in the area.

Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon ( by Lin Ying-dian )
Chinese goshawk
Chinese goshawk ( by Shu Jin-rong )
Wind blown sandy coast
Wind blown sandy coast ( by Wang Cing-hua )
A bird’s Eye View of Kending National Park
A bird’s Eye View of Kending National Park ( by Lu Jia-huang )
Kidney shaped needle coral
Kidney shaped needle coral ( by Wang Cing-hua )
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