We are back home in Hsinchu and I can finally post the photos from the first half of Saturday.
Here is a not so well made time lapse of the tide coming in.
The great big banyan tree
Yini hugging a cluster of air roots
Roots covering a carving
Several air root columns
The longest sea bridge in Taiwan
Part of the old bridge
Fields that have been walled in to block the wind
Apparently Penghu is famous for cactuses
Yini in front of an old house
An old house with rather special windows
Yini really liked the coral rock walls
A picturesque little alley
Incense drying in the sun
One last old house
The wall of lava pillars from different angles
You already saw the rest in my last post.
Since we had seen most of the really worth while sights on Saturday we took it pretty easy on Sunday. Penghu is supposed to be a good place for snorkeling and diving but all the diving tours seemed to have closed for the winter, so I simply bought a cheap mask and snorkel from a sports store on main street and then we headed out to one of the many beaches. At the far end, near some tall cliffs i found a nice area to explore, it was by no means as good as a coral reef but i still saw several colorful fishes. When i got out of the water slightly chilled and with a salty taste in my mouth we went to the next beach just a short distance along the coast and had lunch at a cafe there. The lunch was perhaps not great but the view of the smooth sand and turquoise waters was awesome.
In general I will say that Penghu has the best beaches I’ve been to in Taiwan, yupp it’s better than Kenting.
After taking a stroll along the beach, listing to he sound of the waves and picking up pieces of coral, I decided we should get back to the abandoned house from the day before because I suspected there might be more to see there. Boy was there more to see, the place had been a really large fish farm with several indoor pools as well as outdoor ones out in the bay. I was really excited to explore all of it, sadly, my phone, which up til that point had functioned as a replacement for my dead camera, started acting weirdly. I did manage to get a few photos but not as many as I had hoped.
When I had explored all the buildings and fish pools, we headed back into town, returned our scooter, then to a stroll down town checking souvenirs and such before heading out to the airport. Like I said at the start, we are back in Hsinchu now, but Penghu is really worth a visit. Perhaps even more so in the summer when water activities are abound.