Thursday, September 3, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Kenting 垦丁 - Eluanbi Park 鹅銮鼻公园


Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: No. 301, Eluan Rd, Hengchun Township, Pingtung Country, Taiwan 946 屏东县恒春镇鹅銮里鹅銮路301号

Leaving Shadao Ecological Reserve / Sand Island 砂岛, we headed off to Eluanbi Park 鹅銮鼻公园.


Eluanbi Park (also known as Oluanpi Park) 鹅銮鼻公园 is located at the southern tip of Taiwan and part of Kenting National park 垦丁国家公园.  The name 'Eluan' (鹅銮) is derived from Paiwan language meaning "sail" while the Chinese word 'bi' 鼻 which means nose, refers to the shape of the cape.

Within the park, there is Eluanbi Lighthouse 鹅銮鼻灯塔, an iconic landmark of Kenting. Standing at 21.4 meters in height, the lighthouse is built during the Qing Dynasty in 1888, between the Pacific Ocean and Taiwan Strait, facing towards Luzon Strait. Due to frequent raids by local aboriginal tribes, a trench was built around the it with cannon holes in the wall, making it the only armed lighthouse in the world.

Operating Hours
Eluanbi Park is open daily from 7 am to 5.30 pm. Hours of operation is extended from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm during the month of April to October.


Period
Operating Hours
January - March
7.00 am – 5.30 pm
April - October
6.30 am – 6.30 pm
November - December
7.00 am – 5.30 pm


However, please note that the park will be closed during typhoons period.

Admission Ticket

Unlike Sail Rock Scenic Area 船帆石 or Shadao Ecological Reserve 砂岛, admission to the Eluanbi Park is not free. The price of admission is as per below:


Types of Ticket
For who
Price
Adult
General Public
TWD 40
Discounted
(50 % Discount)
- Aged 65 – 69 Years old
- Local military and  police
- Local and foreign students with ID
TWD 20

Group
(20 % Discount)
- Group of 40 & above
TWD 32
Free
- Locals aged 70 years old & above
- Children under 115 cm or pre-schoolers
- Disabled & one accompanying person
- Volunteers & Veterans with ID
- Primary school & charities with approval
- Retired civil servants with ID
- Hengchun resident with ID
-



We arrived at a large car park with plenty of parking spaces to accommodate all size vehicles, with plenty of souvenir stores lining along the side of the paved pathway.


Most of the souvenir stores offer a variety of beach wear and sea shell related items such as jewellery, hanging decorations and other ornaments.


We arrived at the end of the street to Eluanbi Park and bought our entrance tickets.


Upon stepping into the park, we were immediately greeted by a vast, open grassland, set against the clear blue sky.


The park was surprisingly crowded with tourists (mainly from Mainland China) on a normal weekday. I cannot imagine how crowded the weekend would be.

Although it is crowded, the park is huge and spread out, so we did not feel like we were in a large crowd. It was very comfortable to walk around the park.

Be prepared to do some walking uphill, so it will be best to equipped yourself with comfortable shoes. Unfortunately. the attraction is not entirely wheelchair or stroller accessible, but the vast majority of the park is. Thus, it is still possible for young children and people with reduced mobility to explore most of the park.


Due to tropical climate, the weather in Kenting can be quite hot and humid. Please remember to apply sufficient sunscreen on your skin and drink plenty of water while having fun in the sun. You might want to wear a hat or carry an umbrella to shade yourself from the sun.


Although crowded, it is still a peaceful and lovely place to spend a day in the sunshine.


With plenty of fresh air and open grassland, this is an ideal spot to have a picnic and kite flying. Spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy a leisurely lunch on the sprawling, green lawn. Perhaps. you would also enjoy reading a good book under the shade of a tree or taking a nap in the warmth of the sun.


As we make our way up, we came upon a stone with the Chinese character "Eluanbi" inscribed on it. It was not a surprise to see lots of tourists (mostly from Mainland China) gather around the inscribed stone, eager to snap some keepsake photos of their trip.

We did not join in the queue just to take a photo with inscribed stone. There was nothing really special about it, so it was not worth our time to do that at all. 


The view from the top is magnificent, offering an excellent view of the ocean in every direction. I was overwhelmed by the breathtaking beauty of its natural landscape and love how the shimmering blue ocean merged with the cloudless blue sky. It was so picture perfect.


Surrounded by the untouched natural environment, this is an ideal place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. As we breathe in the fresh air, we felt a sense of peace and tranquility and enjoyed being surrounded by open spaces and natural scenery.


The picturesque landscape also offer plenty of opportunities for relaxation, recreation and photography.


Walking a little further into the park, we finally reached the base of the iconic lighthouse. The lighthouse was severely damaged on two occasions - during the First Sino-Japanese war in 1894 and allied bombing during the Aerial Battle of Taiwan-Okinawa in 1944. Repaired and re-built in 1966, the cylindrical lighthouse is painted entirely white with small windows and a balcony.


The still-functioning lighthouse does not only serves a guide for maritime navigation but at the same time, is an important landmark of Kenting. Due to its strong light intensity, Eluanbi Lighthouse is also known as the "Light of the East Asia".


There is nothing much to do except walk around, enjoy the natural scenery and snap some photos. We spent about 3 hours exploring and snapping tons of photos around the park. It was more than enough time to see everything in the attraction.


The historical lighthouse makes a great backdrop for photo-taking and surprisingly, it was not crowded around that area.


We enjoyed moments of uninterrupted photo-taking time without having to wait for other visitors to walk pass before proceeding.


However, even with ample sunlight, the photos did not come out as well as expected.


Up ahead, there is a local specialty store where you can buy some snacks and drinks. However, remember not leave your trash behind.


We walked a little further up and entered the lighthouse compound just to get a better view of the historical lighthouse.


This was the first time I get to see a lighthouse up close. It stood tall and white against the clear blue sky. So gorgeous!


Next to the lighthouse, there is a mini exhibition room where visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the lighthouse. However, we did not visit the exhibition room since we were not interested in history.


Unfortunately, the lighthouse itself is off-limit to the public. No visitor can enter or walk up the lighthouse as the door at its base is locked.




We exited through a series of souvenir shops offering a wide array of jewellery and art and crafts for visitors to choose from.


Being one of the major tourist attraction in Kenting, Eluanbi park is undoubtedly a must-visit. However, for some unknown reason, I have the feeling that we were visiting just for the sake of visiting this famous and iconic landmark of Kenting.

With an entrance fee of TWD 40 per adult, I would not deny that this was a very cheap and worthwhile experience. Of course, there are other much scenic places to visit in kenting, but I would strongly recommend you to include a visit to Eluanbi Park if you have some spare time. A visit to Kenting is certainly not complete without seeing the iconic Eluanbi Lighthouse.

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your trip description. Was in Taiwan a long time ago (maybe more than 20 years) and friends wanted to go to Eluanbi from HengChun. But I did not join them. Now I can read what it is about.

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