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Hengchun Township, Pingtung County


Maobitou and Eluanbi mark the two southernmost tips of Taiwan. Maobitou is situated at the southeast of Hengchun Peninsula, between Taiwan Strait and Bashi Channel. At 3.5km away from Baisha, it is a typical coral reef area eroded by ocean waves. Maobitou looks like the rim of a pleated skirt when observed from above. Thus, it is also known as a fringing reef area. The waves bring about salt crystallization, undercutting of sands, and corrosion, and interesting formations such as slumps, moulin potholes, reef pinnacles, and interlayer caves can thus be found. They are all worth some research and observations. On a side note, Maobitou, protruding reef rock by the shore, acquires the name because it looks like a squatting cat.

The area boasts a wide range of algae, which grows especially well in the winter. Along the coasts, all sorts of algae swing along ocean waves. Blue clear water, colorful tropical fish, and protruding coral reef rocks are worth some appreciation. Between Maobitou and Houbi Lake, there is the gigantic Thunderstruck Rock. The small, graceful beach nearby is ideal for picking shells, and it boasts a world-class rock view. In fact, the area from Maobitou, Thunderstruck Rock, to Houbi Lake, is a special scenic zone of Kenting National Park. The ocean is clear and beneath the sea is a beautiful world. Stony corals and soft corals are so many that they cover the seabed. There is also a huge variety of tropical fish, eels, shrimps, shells and algae—the diversity is the best in Taiwan, even in the whole world. Last, but not the least, Houbi Lake is Kenting National Park's largest fishery port. Throughout a year, all sorts of fish can be caught. Before the night falls, locals and visitors gather up to purchase fresh seafood, making the port especially busy.

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(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)

Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Nanzhou Interchange → Prov. Hwy 1 → Prov. Hwy 26 → Checheng Coastal Highway → Township Road Ping 153 → Township Road Ping 161


Take THRS to Zuoying Station, transfer Kenting Express Line 9189 to Hengchun Bus Station, and transfer Kenting Shuttle Bus 102 Blue Line to Maobitou stop.

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Last update time: 2022-10-21
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