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Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park (墾丁國家公園; Kěndīng Guójiā Gōngyuán) drew lots of attention first as a setting for Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng’s blockbuster Cape No. 7, and later for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi in 2012. But long before this cinema-fuelled tourism spike, the park, which occupies the entire southern tip of Taiwan, was drawing in flocks of visitors who came to swim, surf, snorkel, dive, hike and enjoy a little nightlife – all year round. The average January temperature is 21°C and it's usually warm enough for you to swim. In July it can get to a scorching 38°C.

Low mountains and hilly terraces prevail over much of the land in the park, along with rugged high cliffs and sandy deserts. The swimming beaches with yellow sands and turquoise waters are wonderfully suited to recreation, and sightseeing on a scooter or bicycle is highly enjoyable.

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These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Kenting National Park.