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Visit Hengchun

Learn about local culture at the preserved city wall near the gateway to a vast national park, where you can scuba dive and see monkeys.

Hengchun is an urban township lying at the southern tip of Taiwan. Pass through the agricultural area south of Pingtung City to Kenting National Park to experience stunning beaches and tropical forests. See the city wall for a sense of the majesty and rich tradition of this mystical part of the world.

The region’s name literally translates to “Eternal Spring Town.” The area has pleasant temperatures year-round with a wet season from May to October.

Start at the Hengchun Ancient City Gate to appreciate the region’s history. The well-preserved wall stretches about 1.6 miles (2.7 kilometers) of the township. Walk along its length and encounter the majestic gates and the Queen of Heaven Temple. Look for the remarkable eternal flame at Chuhuo Bridge, made from the burning of natural gases escaping from the earth.

After learning about local culture and history, enjoy the beach. Enter Kenting National Park and go to the sandy shore of Nan Wan Beach, where you can rent diving equipment and speed boats. Eat at a restaurant across from the beach, with views of the ocean and the green cliffs.

Explore the small town of Kenting for its restaurants and market before a trip to the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. It is home to many exhibits showcasing remarkable creatures from around the world. Walk through the underwater tunnel and see the whale show.

The township was founded in 1873 as part of the Qing dynasty, before passing through the hands of the Japanese and ultimately the Chinese again.

The nearest major transportation hub is the Kaohsiung International Airport, 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Hengchun. A bus ride from the airport will take 7 hours. Once you arrive, rent scooters or cars or take a taxi to get around.

Visit Hengchun to explore remnants of the Qing dynasty and Japanese empire along preserved walls, an exceptional armored lighthouse and a scenic park.

Where to stay in Hengchun

Beautiful sunset at Kending

Big Beach

5/5Exceptional!(23 area reviews)

Big Beach is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kenting National Park and Kenting Night Market.

Big Beach
White Sand Beach, Hengchun, Taiwan

White Sand Beach

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in White Sand Beach. You might want to make time for a stop at Kenting National Park or White Sand Bay Beach.

White Sand Beach
Sail Rock Beach, Hengchun, Taiwan

Sail Rock Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Sail Rock Beach is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kenting National Park and Sail Rock.

Sail Rock Beach
Nan Wan Beach showing a sandy beach and a sunset

South Beach

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

South Beach is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kenting National Park and Nan Wan Beach.

South Beach

Top Hotels in Hengchun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Caesar Park Kenting
Caesar Park Kenting
5 out of 5
6 Kenting Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Located in Hengchun, this beachfront hotel is in a national park, just steps from Little Bay Beach and Kenting National Park. Kenting Night Market is 0.7 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,890 reviews)

"Great facilities and location, it offers a private beach across the road supplied with towels, chairs, etc. The outdoor swimming pool is clean and spacious with onsite lifeguard. However the hotel is a bit outdated and definitely due for renovation. Very friendly staff and great service."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/17

Caesar Park Kenting
Howard Beach Resort Kenting
Howard Beach Resort Kenting
4 out of 5
No. 2 Kenting Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County

Located in Hengchun, this beachfront resort is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Kenting National Park and Little Bay Beach. Kenting Night Market ...

4/5Very Good! (1,238 reviews)

"Everything are ok, except for: 1. Share same beach with Caesar, but comparing Caesar, no free towel, bench and umbrella is provided. 2. Remember to ask the staff for the short cut to go outside, otherwise it’s very far away to walk from the hotel lobby to the street 3. Some areas are under construction ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/2

Howard Beach Resort Kenting
Chateau Beach Resort
Chateau Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
No 451 Kenting Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5

Located in Big Beach, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kenting Night Market, Nan Wan Beach, and Dajian Mountain. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (494 reviews)

"The property itself is nice. The fact that a nuclear plant stands close by a bit less !"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/8

Chateau Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Hengchun

Kenting Night Market
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Kenting Night Market

4/5(31 reviews)

When you visit Kenting Night Market, a favorite shopping spot in Hengchun, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Wander the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

Eluanbi Lighthouse
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Eluanbi Lighthouse

4/5(19 reviews)

Visit Taiwan’s armored lighthouse at the southern point of the island for panoramic views of the ocean.

Hengchun Old Town South Gate
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Hengchun Old Town South Gate

4/5(13 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Shanjiao with a visit to Hengchun Old Town South Gate. Wander the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

Sail Rock
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Sail Rock

4/5(16 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Sail Rock during your travels in Hengchun. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Eluanbi Park
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Eluanbi Park

4/5(8 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Eluanbi Park, a lovely green space in Eluan. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Longpan Park
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Longpan Park

4.5/5(6 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Longpan Park might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Hengchun. While you're in the area, wander around the parks.

Reviews of Hengchun


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
4 - Good 50%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 13.636363636363637%
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4/5 - Good


Dec 31, 2019

A small and quiet town that has nice vibes; not particularly worth a visit but a good stopover on a longer trip or a road trip.

4/5 - Good


Dec 18, 2019

feel like a slow city. Don't be hurry. just relax and enjoy the local food and tea. lightly walking around the town.

5/5 - Excellent


Sep 16, 2019

Nice place to hit just to relax. There are plenty of food options, from local Taiwanese, to American and Italian. Highly prefer getting seafood there.

4/5 - Good


Jul 14, 2019

Too hot~~~~

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 23, 2019

Would love a hotel shuttle that transports people to the aquarium, lighthouse, or national park. Liked that the Matisse Café was open late. Appreciated the friendly staff!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 23, 2019

Pretty average.