Southwest Coast National Scenic Area In contrast to the northern and eastern coastlines, which are characterized by steep cliffs and rugged mountains, the western coast of Taiwan is largely flat. The stretch of coast from Taipei in the north to Kaohsiung in the south is heavily industrialized, but there are a number of areas that serve as natural habitats for wildlife including migratory birds and other coastal dwellers. In order to protect these precious habitats and to create a recreational area for visitors at the same time, a new national scenic area was established in the end of 2003, which is administered by the ROC Tourism Bureau. The Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, which includes the coastal areas of Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan counties, is known for its sandbanks, marshes, river deltas, and wetlands, which are home to a large number of endemic bird species and serve as a resting place for many migratory birds during the winter. Besides its ecological value, this new scenic area also has a lot of other attractions, such as the traditional production of salt from seawater, the local fishing industry, old temples and other historic sites that make a trip worthwhile. Chiayi County Related sites National ParkYu Mountain (Yushan) National ParkNational Scenic AreaBudai Salt FieldsAogu WetlandsHaomei Village Nature ReserveFenqihu Scenic AreaRuili Scenic AreaSouthwest Coast National Scenic AreaSiraya National Scenic AreaAlishan National Scenic AreaNational Forest Recreation AreaAlishan National Forest Recreation AreaSceneryRenyi Lake ReservoirCengwen ReservoirNight Market/SnackBudai Tourist Fish MarketMuseum/Gallery/MemorySouthern Branch of the National Palace MuseumFarmsChiayi Farm (temporarily closed) Recommendation 4 Recommendation QR code Travel Information （Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.） TEL：+886-5-347-0051 (Budai Visitor Center)Address：No. 61, Shun'an Rd., Budai Township, Chiayi CountyLongitude/Latitude：120.155343/23.382286Web：http://swcoast-nsa.travel/Home/EngIndex?lang=66Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 1 → Chiayi System Interchange → Prov. Hwy 82 → County Hwy 157 → Prov. Hwy 17 → Shanghai Rd. → Shun'an Rd. → Budai Visitor Center.Public：Take the train to Xinying Station, transfer Xinying Bus (bound for Budai Harbor) to Budai Visitor Center stop.