︱Kenting Forest Recreation Area︱
The area where the Kenting Forest Recreation Area is now located was originally known as Kueiyachiao, after the nearby Kueiyachiao Village of the Paiwan Tribe. During the period of Japanese colonial rule, the Japanese established botanical gardens here because of the many different trees growing in the area and the beautiful scenery; the area was also known as Kenting Park. In 1967, the Forestry Bureau established the Kenting Forest Recreation Area, which was also to be a center for academic research. The Recreation Area covers an area of 435 hectares, at an elevation of 230 – 300 m above sea level; it occupies 2.5% of the total land area of Kenting National Park. The area is dotted with coral reef rocks, formed by the sedimentation of coral, seashells and sea algae. There are over 1,200 different plant species in the Kenting Forest Recreation Area, which is divided into several distinct zones: coconut palms, tea trees, rubber plants, medicinal plants, tropical fruit trees, etc. Walking along the shady paths, the different colored leaves complement one another beautifully. There are 17 places of particular interest within the Recreation Area, of which the most popular with visitors include the Heritiera littoralis (a species unique to Kenting), the Immortal’s Cave, which features fascinating honeycombed rock formations, the Observation Tower, which affords spectacular views out over the Pacific Ocean; sometimes the distant Orchid Island can be seen, and the Valley of Hanging Banyans, with its impressive natural limestone formations.
︱Sheding Nature Park︱
Sheding Nature Park is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna, several limestone caves, areas of open grassland, and spectacular reef rock fissures. The 239+ species of plant in the Park attract nearly 100 different kinds of butterfly; particularly in the spring and summer, this is an ideal place to watch colorful butterflies flitting about. The combination of the Park’s geology and the effects of the strong northeasterly winds has created some unique sights, including plant species adapted to growing on coral reef rock, and stunted trees that grow at an angle in the southwesterly direction (because of the prevailing wind), facing towards the Park exit.
︱Kenting Cattle Ranch︱
Kenting Ranch is located in the area where the first Han Chinese settlers in the Kenting area established themselves. During the period of Japanese colonial rule, the Japanese decided that the climate here was too dry for arable farming, and converted the area to cattle pasture. Kenting Ranch covers an area of 1,149 hectares; it is bounded by the ocean, Mt. Dachien and Mt. Hsiaochien, and includes within its boundaries Mt. Dayuan and Lungtzupu. The cattle are allowed to graze freely, so visitors can see groups of cows scattered across the rich green grassland. Standing here, there is an exhilarating sense of freedom; Kenting Ranch is famous throughout Taiwan for its beautiful scenery, fresh air, pure water, and the quality of the milk that is produced here.