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While Taiwan’s size on the map may be modest, its natural landscapes are anything but. In fact, the country’s eastern coast provides a great backdrop for a family-friendly road trip.
Kenting National ParkSuggest families start in Kenting National Forest Recreation Area. Thousands of years ago, this forest was completely underwater. But today, visitors of all ages can take a walk through geological wonders such as canyons and limestone caves.
From here, clients should drive 20 minutes to Kenting National Park, where they’ll find Cape Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan. The dense biological diversity found in these waters makes Kenting a prime destination for diving and snorkeling. For some post-adventure noshing, families should check out Kenting’s fresh and remarkably affordable seafood fare or Smokey Joe’s, a Taiwanese Tex-Mex novelty serving kid-friendly classics such as mac and cheese, quesadillas and chicken fingers.
Fugang Geopark (“Little Yehliu”)Once back on the road, clients will see one breathtaking seascape after another. Explore a maze of eroded sandstone formations at Fugang Geopark (located about two hours from Kenting). Also known as “Little Yehliu,” the geopark’s variety of rock formations closely resemble Taiwan’s northern Yehliu Geopark, home of the iconic “Queen’s Head” formation.
Fuyuan Butterfly ValleyMore ecological wonders await farther north in Hualien’s Fuyuan Butterfly Valley. Located in a dense forest of camphor trees (the largest number of such trees in Taiwan), Fuyuan National Forest Recreation Area is an ideal ecotourism destination for kids with an interest in nature. Children will be especially thrilled to see native butterflies up close at the Butterfly Eco House, which hosts more than 70 species during peak season (March through September). Taiwanese macaques are also known to put on a show for spectators, which is sure to enthrall animal lovers.
Active crews looking to get their blood pumping can hike the valley’s main trail before soaking in the hot springs at Butterfly Valley Resort.
Note: For families seeking additional hiking opportunities, recommend they end their road trip with a scenic drive through Taroko National Park (two hours north of Butterfly Valley Resort).
The DetailsTaiwan Tourism Bureau www.taiwan.net.tw