Penghu Islands

Overview

Introduction

This archipelago of more than 60 islands lies off Taiwan's southwestern coast: Of those, only a few are regularly visited, and only 20 are inhabited. Clear seas, white-sand beaches and dramatic skies make Penghu a favorite resort destination for Taiwanese. During the migration season, many species of birds pass through these islands.

The main island, Makung, has several temples that should be seen. Penghu Island is also worth a visit; it's joined to two neighboring islands by bridges. Hsiyu Island holds the Hsitai Fort, and Paisha Island boasts a huge and historic banyan tree. Penghu may be reached by boat in summer or by air year-round. 55 mi/88 km northwest of Tainan.

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