︱National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium︱
Located in Checheng Township, Pingtung County, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium opened in February 2000. Its beautiful, smooth-flowing exterior design adds a special touch to aerial views of the Hengchun Peninsula. The Museum has extensive collections, including a wide range of adorable sea creatures, such as the Beluga Whale and Blue-fin Tuna. There are special exhibitions on Taiwan’s marine environment, coral reefs, and global marine environments. The Museum and its Aquarium have become a must-see for visitors to Kenting.
Baisha Bay is famous for its 500 m long, 40 m wide white sandy beach; consisting mainly of sand created from coral and seashells, the sand is 85% pure calcium carbonate. The sheltered bay is ideal for swimming, diving, sailing and other water-sports all year round. Baisha Bay is relatively undeveloped, making for a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. In the autumn and winter, the views of the sun setting in the ocean are particularly spectacular.
Maobitou (“Cat Nose Head”) takes its name from a lump of reef rock resembling a crouching cat that broke off from the cliff. This is the demarcation point between the Taiwan Strait and the Luzon Strait. As a result of the crystallization of salt particles and the effects of erosion, Maobitou has spectacular reef rock pillar and cave formations, making it a first-class “natural geology classroom”; the area is particularly famous for its slumps and fringing reef shores. Coral reefs can be glimpsed beneath the azure sea, and there are impressive views of the whole Kenting area.
Guanshan, also known as Gaoshan Rock, is a coral tableland rising to a height of 152 m above sea level. On the summit, there is the 300-year-old Fu-teh Temple (dedicated to the “God of the Land,” a tutelary deity), which is built from coral, and was the original site of Checheng Township’s renowned Fu-an Temple. There is also a large lump of reef rock on the summit; as the local people could not understand how it came to be on top of the hill, it was traditionally called the “Flying Rock.” Standing on Guanshan in the evening when the sun is going down, there are incredibly beautiful views of the Taipingding Plateau, the lights of the fishing village of Shanhaili, and the fishing boats returning to harbor amidst the rosy glow of the setting sun.