The astonishing 300-year-old Tugliang Banyan Tree in front of Bao’an Temple wraps, creeps and twists around a cement frame that stabilizes the tree like the lattice arch of a bower. The spread of branches and aerial roots provides tourists comfortable shades.
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Travelling Around Penghu
Tungliang Banyan Tree
Daguoye Columnar Basalt
During the Japanese occupation period, a wharf was planned to be built at the seaside of Daguoye to improve marine communications between Xiyu and Magong. While workers were digging earth and stones away, they found the impressive columnar basalt. It has become a popular attraction in Penghu.
Xiyu Lighthouse, also known as Yuwengdao Lighthouse, is a lighthouse located at the south of Xiyu. Since it is relatively taller than surrounding islets, it became an important indication of shipping route since hundreds of years ago. There are a number of mist-cannons built next to the lighthouse since the Qing Dynasty and an exhibition room. Tourists can admire the breath-taking scenery of sunset on top of the lighthouse.
The building is a two-story building with three main sections, consisting of a seashore exhibition area, a reef exhibition area and an ocean exhibition area. The exhibition on the second floor covers three major themes which are marine fisheries, aquaculture, and environmental problems etc.. Aside from the display, visitors can not only see the intertidal zone life such as fiddler crabs, waterfowl etc. but also can overlook Yuanbeiyu and Zhongtudao from the observation deck on the second floor.
Xiyu West Fort
During the ruling of the Qing Emperor Kuang Hsu, China and France had a war and signed a truce. The Qing government ordered magistrate Liu Ming-Chuan to build 10 fortresses to protect Taiwan from the harassment and attacks of pirates and bandits. Xiyu West Fort was one of them. It is also the best-preserved and largest ancient fortress in Penghu.
Erkan Historic Village
Erkan is one of the very few remaining traditional settlement protection areas of Taiwan as well as one of the 100 important buildings in Taiwan architectural history for its high historic and cultural value. Tourists can visit the Museum of Children’s Folkgame, Museum of the Traditional Life, and Museum of Intertidal Zone in this area. Moreover, they can also try the distinctive almond tea and tofu pudding.
Xiaomen Geology Park
Xiaomen Geology Park is a perfect place for people who are interested in nature and geology. It gives you an overview of Penghu’s geology and receives a good reputation as an ‘outdoor geology classroom’.
Penghu Great Bridge
Once called “the longest ocean-crossing bridge in the far east”, Penghu Great Bridge can be seen as the starting point of tourism industry in Penghu. The neon lighting at night paints a shimmering rainbow in the water.