Yuwongdao Lighthouse

Penghu Islands

Almost comically small, this cast-iron lighthouse was built in 1878 by Brits who initially staffed the place on 10-year shifts. The main attractions are the moorland landscapes and bracing sea views.

About a minute's drive east, a 'bridge to nowhere' is actually the viewing platform to look down onto the Wai'an Decoy Cannon (外垵餌砲; Wài'ǎn Ěrpào), a two-bore 6m gun made in concrete as a cunning ruse by the Japanese to fool reconnaissance that the island was heavily fortified.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Penghu Islands attractions

1. West Fortress

1.32 MILES

The largest of Penghu's five fortress sites, this was one of a pair rebuilt in 1887 following the end of the Sino-French War. Four heavy Armstrong guns …

2. Daguoyeh Prismatic Basalt

3.74 MILES

This minor geological curiosity is a vertically contoured wall of basalt forming a small outcrop in the grass-and-scrub landscape. There's a glass-box…

3. Erkan Old Residences

4.32 MILES

Penghu's only really 'complete' traditional village, low-slung Erkan oozes charm and is appealingly set on a grassy plateau raised above the sea…

4. Fengkuei Cave & Youfu Pavilion

5.06 MILES

At the southernmost tip of Fengkuei is Fengkuei Cave, where strong waves create long rectangular spaces under the coastal basalt. When the tide rises,…

5. Dutch Fort site

5.09 MILES

For fine views and nice walks, follow signs to Snakehead Hill (蛇頭山; Shétóu Shān) and discover some grassy terraces on which once stood a Dutch fort.

6. Duxing 10th Village

5.84 MILES

This self-contained 'village' was once the living quarters of military families. The partly derelict area is now being valiantly reworked into a small…

7. Da-yi Temple

5.86 MILES

The 200-year-old Da-yi Temple is dedicated to Guandi, the god of war, with 4m bronze statues guarding the entry stairs.

8. Magong Old Wall

5.92 MILES

A quick walk west along Zhongshan Rd from central Magong takes you to Shuncheng Gate, the only restored portal in the largely overgrown old city wall.