Chaoyang Cave


At the jutting point that marks the boundary between One Hundred Step Beach and One Thousand Step Beach, 'Sun-facing' Cave is a small, rarely visited grotto with altars inside to Guanyin. The sound of the roaring waves here is said to imitate the chanting of the Buddha; it's also known as the island's best sunrise spot.

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1. One Hundred Step Beach

0.26 MILES

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2. One Thousand Step Beach

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3. Buddhism Museum

0.43 MILES

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4. Puji Temple

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5. Duobao Pagoda

0.46 MILES

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6. Fayu Temple

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7. Guanyin Cave

1.07 MILES

Crouch with an arched back into this magnificent, smoky and mysterious old grotto with a low, head-scraping ceiling to witness its assembly of Guanyins…

8. Foding Mountain

1.13 MILES

A steep but beautifully shaded half-hour to 45-minute climb can be made up Foding Mountain – Buddha’s Summit Peak – the highest point on the island. This…