Like most of Taiwan, Kaohsiung county has its share of geothermal activity... Including the so-called "muddy volcano" which is maybe 25 Kms north of the city...
Strange place, you can here the ground gurgling below you and see the hot mud oozing out of the ground in several spots....
Chuanfanshr, otherwise known as 'Sail Rock' is just off the southern coast. The rock is actually a piece of coral reef rock which broke off the tableland. It was given the name because from a distance the rock looks like an open sail. Some however have said that from a certain angle, the rock looks like the former President Richard Nixon.
Forming the Gorge
Taroka means beautiful in the Ami dialect and you will certainly see why when you visit. At Swallow Grotto you will see sheer cliff towers.
The gorges, waterfalls and rapids were formed from the flow of the Liwu River. Taroka Gorge located about 15 kms from Hualien.
Chuhuo is another area where there are several of these areas. Chuhuo is part of the Kenting shale. You are advised to go during the dry months as during the wet season, the fissures often block up with mud.
There are several areas in the Kenting National Park area where you will see the ground on fire. This is caused by fissures in the ground where natural gas is escaping and igniting. I believe there is now a wall built around one of these more popular areas for protection and safety of visitors.
Eternal Spring Shrine
Eternal Spring Shrine (a short hike from the highway) commemorates the workers who died in building the Central Cross Island Highway. Above the shrine, there is a traditional style bell and drum towers. The bell is rung to welcome the morning, and the drumbeat farewells to the setting sun. A waterfall passing through the pavilion.
Maolin/Tona Hot Springs
Suprisingly, the Maolin/Tona area is only a little more than one hour's drive from Kaohsiung.
The area extends about 25 KM's into the mountains from Maolin. Here you can find several waterfalls, an aboriginal center, natural hot springs (at Tona), and many places along the river valley where you can just hang out.
Try the native barbeque while you are here, also there are several stores that sell stone crafts in Tona village.
Be careful when down at the hot springs. The rocks around there are all shale, and can be slippery. (As Uncle Joe's bruised tail bone will attest to...)
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South Cross Island Highway
There are several ways to cross the island of Taiwan, the safest being to either bypass the mountains by looping around to the North or South.
However, the for the most scenic/scary adventure, try the South Cross Island Highway. This road bisects the island from Taitung to Tainan. Here you will cross 9000 ft high cliff hanger goat path roads and pass through tunnels that resemble leaky coal mine shafts. The area is complete with rainforest type scenery and monkeys scurrying about..
Driving across this road in the fog, I once almost ran head-on into a boulder large enough to bury a VW microbus.
The one saving grace is that there is usually not much traffic on this road, since even the locals are afraid of driving here. The best time to visit this area is fall/winter/early spring to avoid the rainy/landslide season...
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Kentung National Park
The park is on the southernmost tip of the Hengchun Peninsula in the Pingtung Area and boasts Taiwan's best beach resort. Within the park are coral reefs and tropical rain forests. There are wonderful varieties of plants and wildlife. On the furthermost tip is Oluanpi Lighthouse.
Taroko National Park
Situated at the junction of three counties: Hualien, Taichung, and Nantou. The Central Cross-Island Highway gives access to the spectacular views contained within the of Taroko National Park like marble and limestone cliffs, waterfalls.
When you are in Kaohsiung, you...
When you are in Kaohsiung, you might as well check out the southernmost point of Taiwan--Kenting. Even though it's a very touristy place, it's my favorite place in Taiwan. It's around 3 hours drive from Kaohsiung and on the way there, you could see some very interesting local thing--only found in Taiwan--betelnut booths and scarcely dressed sexy betelnut girls. (Watch the road, guys!!!) The White Sand Bay is my personal favorite. You need a car to get there. Look at the pic. That's the White Sand Bay. Aren't we having a great time???!!!
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AKA Marble Bridge
The Bridge of Mother Affection (or Devotion) is also known as Marble Bridge due to the huge marble boulders which have been tossed down the gully possibly by some ancient tremor.
Holiu - Bridge of Motherly Affection
This is where the Laohsi River joins the Liwu. At each end of this marble bridge, two marble lions, male and female, which stand guard. Nearby is a small marble pavillion.
All along the coastline of Kenting National park are wonderful coral and volcanic rock formations.
The rock coast extends from Oluanpi to Chialoshui some 15 kms.
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