Kenting

  • The strait of Formosa, the Pacific Ocean and the verdant mountains come together at the southern end of Taiwan to create superb landscapes. Listed as a National Park since 1982 (the first one in the country), the region of Kenting is home to the most beautiful beaches in the country, the most popular one being Baisha, a heavenly beach with white sand where it is perfect to go for a swim. Another beach, ...
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    Kenting

    The strait of Formosa, the Pacific Ocean and the verdant mountains come together at the southern end of Taiwan to create superb landscapes. Listed as a National Park since 1982 (the first one in the country), the region of Kenting is home to the most beautiful beaches in the country, the most popular one being Baisha, a heavenly beach with white sand where it is perfect to go for a swim. Another beach, ...

  • Kenting is famous for its lively nightlife thanks to its many bars, restaurants, shops and trendy nightclubs, as well as its night markets.
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    Kenting

    Kenting is famous for its lively nightlife thanks to its many bars, restaurants, shops and trendy nightclubs, as well as its night markets.

  • Beer contests are popular in Kenting's night markets!
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    Kenting

    Beer contests are popular in Kenting's night markets!

  • This rock on the ocean shore is indeed reminiscent of the face of the former American president.
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    Kenting

    This rock on the ocean shore is indeed reminiscent of the face of the former American president.

  • The Formosa Strait, the Pacific Ocean and the verdant mountains come together in the far south of Taiwan to form superb landscapes.
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    Kenting

    The Formosa Strait, the Pacific Ocean and the verdant mountains come together in the far south of Taiwan to form superb landscapes.

  • The country's most beautiful beaches are in Kenting.
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    Kenting

    The country's most beautiful beaches are in Kenting.

  • The streets lit with flashy neons are packed with people and the music is pumping.
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    Kenting

    The streets lit with flashy neons are packed with people and the music is pumping.

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Taïwan

The strait of Formosa, the Pacific Ocean and the verdant mountains come together at the southern end of Taiwan to create superb landscapes. Listed as a National Park since 1982 (the first one in the country), the region of Kenting is home to the most beautiful beaches in the country, the most popular one being Baisha, a heavenly beach with white sand where it is perfect to go for a swim. Another beach, Seido, is 98% covered in seashells: the only one in the world, it is so unique that it is prohibited to walk on it! Kenting also has a great nightlife, with its many bars, restaurants, shops and trendy nightclubs, not to mention its night markets.

Kenting: what to do?

Kenting also has great nightlife, with its many bars, restaurants, shops and trendy nightclubs, not to mention its night markets. It is a place where you can taste the delicious local specialities (stinky tofu, hundred-year-old eggs, etc.) and where youth have plenty of fun (games for toddlers, beer contests for those a little older, foot massages, etc.). The streets lit with flashy neon lights are overflowing and the music is pumping. Some of the bars open directly onto the sand, from where you can watch the fireworks (during the many festivals throughout the entire year) while sipping on a tasty cocktail. There is a decisively hippy-like ambiance with bongos and campfires.

This is where you will find the heavenly white sand beaches where it is ideal to go for a swim. The loveliest ones are in Kenting. The small Baisha Beach (120m long) is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. This white sand beach boasts crystal-clear and exquisitely warm water. 87.6% of it is made up of shells and coral. Another beach, Seido, is 98% covered by seashells: the only one in the world, it is so unique that it is prohibited to walk on it! Another oddity in the region, Sail Rock, at the edge of the water, which curiously looks like the face of former US president Richard Nixon. The region has been listed as a National Park since 1982 (the first one in the country). The strait of Formosa, the Pacific Ocean and the verdant mountains come together at the southern end of Taiwan to create superb landscapes.

  • The heavenly beaches.
  • The festive ambiance.
  • A protected National Park with superb landscapes.
  • The limited cultural offering.
  • The nuclear power plant close to the beaches.

Reminders

Take business cards with you, the Taiwanese love them! They are given out using both hands while tilting your head slightly forward. When given one yourself, take your time reading it so as not to offend whoever has given it to you. The island of Taiwan is located in a region of high seismic activity. It is strongly advisable to seek information on what to do in case of an earthquake. At the southernmost point of Taiwan, Kenting is the only region on the island with a hot and humid tropical climate. The typhoon season stretches from July to October. Many Taiwanese speak English, but we still recommend you write down your destination in Chinese on a piece of paper, for taxi drivers in particular.

To avoid

Avoid typhoon season, which lasts from July to October. It is prohibited to walk on Seidao Beach, which is unique in the world for the purity of its sand and the fact that it is 98% covered by shells!

Kenting: what to eat?

Taiwanese cuisine is one of the great things about coming here. One of the world's most refined, it is full of Asian influences. Those feeling especially courageous will be able to taste the stinky tofu and the hundred-year-old eggs at the city's night markets. Taking part in a tea ceremony is a not-to-be-missed experience in Taiwan. Oolong green tea is the most famous.

Kenting: what to buy?

Life is really cheap in Taiwan and you can especially find electric equipment and computers at rock-bottom prices. Fans of 'Hello Kitty', the famous little white cat from Japan, where it is inescapable, is just as widespread in Taiwan! Many derivatives of the brand are sold for much cheaper than in the UK. A trip to Taiwan also presents the opportunity to bring back some of the most famous teas in the world, as well as a tea service to go along with them. Do not hesitate to buy a Tee-shirt with "I love Kenting" written on it so that when you get back you can say: "What? You don't know Kenting?"

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