Taiwan may be small, but it’s beautiful! As a native Taiwanese person, have you traversed the country’s gorgeous scenery? Taiwan is surrounded by tons of small islands, and perhaps you’ve been to Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, Ludao, Lanyu, Ryukyu, and more. But actually, there are some other islands scattered throughout the seas that are so beautiful you will gasp in wonder!
1. Penghu Danger Reef Islet
I remember that once there was a journalist in a plane who looked out and saw, in the clear blue sea, a little piece of pure white beach. Scattered on this island were a couple of blue and white huts, painting a truly idyllic scene. This island was actually the filming location for the old idol drama “The Original Flavor of Summer,” which brought it into the public consciousness. It is located between Kapok Island and Chikan Island. Normally, if you want to come here, you should rent a speedboat and head towards the North Sea’s Kapok Island. Keep an eye out for this dreamland – it’ll be on your right. Danger Reef Islet also has a guesthouse (one of the little blue and white huts), and you can have a barbecue or play beach volleyball on the shore.
2. Penghu White Public Islet
White Public Islet used to be called Big White Sand Islet, and its huge sand dunes led to it being an uninhabited place. Only locals knew about this secret island. If you take a boat from the Penghu main island, it’ll be about a 5-6-minute journey. The popular indigenous author Rou Lu says that in all of Taiwan, the place that left the deepest impression on him was this private island. To quote, “White sand dunes come together to create a little sandy island. People can climb up the sand dunes and the see tiny ripples created by the gentle caress of the wind. It’s like being in a foreign desert.” He recommends that after you climb the sand dunes, you roll back down them. According to him, this is the most fun way to explore the area.
The Penghu national landscape management section chief Chen Shunxu said that since White Public Islet in an uninhabited island, you have to charter a boat if you want to get to the island. Since there’s no one around on this island, take extra care and stay safe.
3. Penghu Little White Sand Islet
Rou Lu also recommends this Little White Sand Islet, located in the sea north of House Islet. Little White Sand Islet’s southern section, composed of hardened lava, has been put on the volcanic conservation list. As a result, there are often boats chartered to come out and see this little island. Rou Lu has said, “This island has a real exotic feel. As soon as you step off the boat, you’re in shallow waters, and it’s a great place to stroll in the shallows.”
4. Matsu Tungyin
Matsu Tungyin is further divided into Eastern and Western Yin Islands, which are connected by bridge. Although it’s not usually tourists’ first choice, but its magnificent topographical landscape and rich ecology are part of its charms. The Matsu national scenery management commissioner Yu Zhengzhe especially recommends Tungyin, saying, “Boats only come to Tungyin once a day, but it’s actually Matsu’s richest island in terms of landscape and ecology. Furthermore, at Tungyin you’ll have an opportunity to see the reddest blue tears.”
He further states that Tungyin’s geographical landscape is definitely worth a visit. In recent years, they published locally some information saying that you should see its unique undulating geography. It’s also the natural habitat of the black-tailed gull and is an excellent vantage point to observe these birds flying majestically above and swooping down to snatch a fish out of the sea. Western Yin Island is Taiwan’s northernmost territory and is thus home to Taiwan’s northernmost post office, 7-11, guesthouse. A trip here will infinitely improve your vacation. Also here is the country’s northern border and border marker. The island’s most notable sight is its lighthouse, perched amidst the uneven geography.
5. Matsu Eastern Ju Island
The author Ku Ling once lived isolated on Eastern Ju Island in order to write. He wrote a book in which he described the island as peaceful, but not desolate. No matter how many times you see it, the beautiful scenery never gets old. Yu Zhengzhe recommends Eastern Ju Island’s Fuzheng beach, “When you stand atop the hills and look down on the U-shaped bay, looking at the boats floating peacefully on the water, or watching a sunset are all the embodiment of beauty. The magical part is that every time you look, the scene is slightly different.”
6. Penghu Eastern Ji Islet
Some people describe Wangan’s Eastern Ji Islet as a forgettable place. It has a population of 250, but in reality, there are only about 10 people who actually live there. It’s hard to imagine that in early days, this used to be a way station on shipping routes and was so busy that it was called “Little Shanghai.” In stark contrast, it’s now basically deserted. If you take a boat from Makung City, it should take you around an hour. Follow the northern point and climb up the rocky slope. At the top, you get a beautiful view of the ocean in all directions. With an elevation of 47 meters above sea level, the wind whips powerfully by, and the short thickets and wild grasses have spread without restraint. The locals breed and raise sheep, so it looks like a wild west scene for as far as the eye can see.
7. Matsu Big Hill Island
Big Hill is located in northern Peikan and used to have troops stationed on it, but when they withdrew the troops, the island became completely overgrown with weeds. Even now, the island’s only resident is the guesthouse owner Hu Jinjiang. He mended and rebuilt his building and worked on it until it became habitable. He even made all of the tables and chairs by hand and named the native sika deer. Before coming to Big Hill, he did research and tried to raise the wild “centipede hen.” He opened the Big Hill Ecological Paradise. Hence you can follow the snaking forest trails to chase the herds of shy deer. You can then stop in the guesthouse to get a taste for artisanal, hand-made furniture. When you spend time here, you really get a deep sense of what it means to have human-nature symbiosis.
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