Donggang's Huaqiao Seafood Market is a popular place to shop and eat in Dongang Township of Pingtung. It is also right next to the ferry terminal to Xiaoliuqiu (Lamay Island) which is just a few kilometers offshore. Because of this, the seafood market is usually packed with people. Popular foods here include sashimi, fried fish balls, oyster omelets, and crab cakes. It is definitely worth a stop on your next trip to Pingtung, or on the way to Xiaoliuqiu.
Donggang (literally east harbor) gets its name from early settlers, who thought of the place as east of the Goaoping River. At the same time Qijin was known as Xigang (west harbor) and Linyuan was known as Zhonggang (middle harbor). Originally the area around Donggang was a wetland before it was settled by farmers and fishermen from mainland China.
Like many oceanside cities in Taiwan, Donggang is famous for its seafood and is a popular place to buy freshly caught fish the same morning it is brought in by the fisherman. Another reason the area is so popular is that it is the main ferry terminal to Xiaoliuqiu (Lamay Island) which is just a few kilometers offshore. Because of this, the seafood market is usually packed with people.
About noon to 7 PM.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take provincial highway 17 south to Donggang and turn into the city center. The harbor is in the western part of the city. There is free scooter parking and paid car parking at the fishing harbor (30 NT per car), but the fishing harbor does not allow overnight parking.
By TRA/bus: From Nanzhou TRA station, you can take bus 519 about 20 minutes to the seafood market.
Please see below:
I have been to Dongang's seafood market six times. I visit every time I go to Xiaoliuqiu, and I have also visited a few times just to eat seafood here. It is one of the largest seafood markets in Taiwan.
View of the entrance to the fish market. Traffic out in front can be crazy.
There is limited scooter parking in front.
A little up the road are the ferry terminals to Xiaoliuqiu.
There are usually quite a few people going to and from Xiaoliuqiu, and many of them stop in for a snack at the seafood market.
Another view from the ferry terminal.
east entrance to the seafood market.
Famous fish balls, which are sold in quite a few places here.
More fish balls. Fish balls are made of leftover fish meat and flour.
Dried fish products.
Fried crab cakes.
Bags of fish for sale.
Dried shrimp and fish products.
More dried seafood products.
More fresh fish on display.
More fish products.
Wax apples for sale.
More stalls outside the market.
Another sashimi shop.
Dried fish products.
For more photos, check out the gallery above.
For no reason I just want to share that after we left, we found a rat that had died from falling off a telephone pole wire, and happened to land on our car.
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