Ping Tung County

Right: Jialeshui on the East Coast. Manzhou Township, Pingtung.

Ping Tung is Taiwan's southermost county. This tropical region has a number of attractions for visitors including the Indigenous People's Culture Park at Sandimen, Kenting National Park, and the National Museum of Marine Biology as well as some nice beaches for recreational marine activities.

Jialeshui

Vase Rock

Left: Vase Rock, Hsiao Liuchiu.

Hsiao Liuchiu ("Little Okinawa") is a coral island off the western seaboard which has a bit to offer the casual visitor including caves, coral formations, coastal views, seafood and a small nature reserve.

Ferries regularly service the island leaving from Tungkang. Motorcycles will also be ferried.

The town of Hengchun is significant as one of the few places in Taiwan to have four remaining city gates and wall. The fortification was built in the 1870s in the face of a percieved Japanese threat. Hengchun has more recently been thrust into the spotlight as the location of "Cape Number Seven" a romantic comedy which is to date Taiwan's biggest box office success.

Kenting near the southern tip of Taiwan has a number of popular beaches for swimming including Nanwan, Shiaowan and Baishawan. Jialeshui and Nanwan are popular with surfers and diving is also an option. The area is also excellent for bird watching. The entrance to Kenting National Park is just north of town and further around is Sheting Natural Park which is a little more understated and very pleasant to stroll around.

The National Museum of Marine Biology is North of Hengchun near the town of Checheng on the west coast. (2 Houwan Rd. Checheng). Avoid the weekend and public holidays if you can when it becomes a bit of a madhouse!

Right: Aboriginal Dwelling at Sandimen

About an hour east of Ping Tung City is the small aboriginal community of Sandimen which is also the location of the Indigenous People's Culture Park. The park includes displays of each of Taiwan's nine indigenous tribes and there are regular song and dance shows in the auditorium.
Directions: From Ping Tung City head east on State Highway #24.

Sandimen