Hengchun Peninsula is surrounded by Taiwan Strait, Bashi Channel and Pacific Ocean.
The coast of Taiwan Strait encompasses the west side of Hengchun Ancient City, right side of Provincial Highway 26 south and from Mountain Gui Trail in Checheng County to Mao-bito.
Tourist attractions abound along the coast. If you feel like walking along the scenic coastal trail, we recommend that you go to Mountain Gui Trail, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Won-li-ton, Guan-shan and White Sand Bay.
Mountain Gui Trail
Getting back on Provincial Highway 26 north after leaving Hengchun Ancient City, you will arrive at the entrance to Mountain Gui Trail after you take the Township Road Ping 153 toward National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.
It takes a little over 10 minutes to get to the hilltop. There are several lookouts on the hilltop, giving you the pleasure of viewing the sea scenery; we noticed some partially collapsed boardwalks along the way. Be aware of them while hiking.
The name Mountain Gui originated from the shape of the mountain that resembles a turtle. The word Gui in Chinese actually means "turtle."
At an elevation of only 72 meters on the hilltop, you can see National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium to your left; to your right are the Sizhong River and Bao-li River mouths. You can also see Hengchun Airport, the calm sea, clean beaches and water. It's hard to imagine this being a historic battle site.
After the Mudan Incident in 1874, the Japanese invasion of Taiwan took place at the river mouths that you saw from the lookout.
Being a good vantage point providing 270-degree field of view, the hilltop became the command center for the Japanese guiding the amphibious troops that went upstream along the river towards the Native Taiwanese tribes .
At the upper reaches of the river, which is the Shihmen Ancient Battle Field near Sizhong River Hot Spring Area, an intense battle broke out.
The hill and river mouth played a strategic importance. The bunkers built by the Japanese are left intact on the hill. The bunkers can be used as observatories. The Taiwanese Navy utilized the river mouth to fire cannons from the sea onto the land shooting range during naval gun exercises in the early days.
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, with a total area of 96 hectares, is the largest of its kind in Taiwan, featuring the longest underwater tunnel in Southeast Asia.
The museum is divided into Waters of Taiwan, Coral Kingdom Pavilion, and Waters of the World including a 3-story aquarium, a underwater tunnel and perhaps the cutest penguins and beluga whales, giving you an almost vicarious experience of exploring underwater.
The package tour the museum provides is worth mentioning. They provide sleeping bags and breakfast for overnight stays. It's a bit like the movie Night at Museum, where you get to sleep with the fishes except without the fear of getting eaten by them.
Won-li-ton, Guan-shan and White Sand Bay
Going on the scenic coastal trail, you'll have beautiful views along the way. Won-li-ton, Guan-shan and White Sand Bay are all great attractions.
You can see this part of the beautiful coast from National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. The blue sea along the coast of Won-li-ton is abundantly clear. This is the designated location for future Underwater Park.
Guan-shan is a tableland, making it a fantastic place for observing sunset. White Sandy Bay has Guan-shan shielding the northeast monsoon during winter. With its clean white sandy beach, this place is good for swimming and snorkeling all year round.