Shuiwaku is one of the most beautiful places in all of Kenting National Park. It features a large grassland that covers the southern tip of Taiwan. has great views of the shoreline on the east side of the peninsula, featuring a wind-cut sandy landscape and sea cliffs.
Shuiwaku literally means "Water Frog Hole." It was first settled about 100 years ago by local residents (including both Han Chinese and those with aboriginal ancestry). They would fish for milkfish in the summer, and in the winter time when the weather was not good for fishing they planted crops here at the grasslands of Shuiwaku. One can also often see Sika deer grazing here.
Kenting was first settled by Chinese during the Qing Dynasty. The word Kenting comes from twp words that mean cultivate (ken3 墾) and strong man (丁 ding1). During that time, a group of strong men (or Zhuang Ding 壯丁) came from Guangdong, who were basically Chinese pioneers of the area to cultivate the land, hence the area was named Kenting for them.
The area was considered to be made into a park during the Japanese occupation due to it being the only tropical location in the Japanese Empire, but was never officially created.
During the Japanese era Nanwan was used as a whaling area and there were a few fishing villages here.
Kenting National Park was established in 1984 as the first national park in Taiwan after WWII.
Kenting became a major vacation spot, becoming a center for hostels and hotels for travelers.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: Take provincial highway 26 on the east side of Kenting until you come to Shuiwaku on the left side of the road. There is parking on the side of the road.
By bus: From Hengchun, take bus 8249 to Shuiwaku bus stop.
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I have often admired the grasslands at Shuiwaku, but I have only driven to Shuiwaku village once. It is definitely a unique place in Taiwan, an island with very little natural grassy land.
The most striking and photogenetic parts of this place are the white picket fences and of course green grass as far as the eye can see.
There are also a few hostels inside Shuiwaku Village.
I imagine that some cows pasture here and there is also a herd of Sika deer.
View to the north.
view looking south.
Another view to the south, with an off-limits weather tower in the background.
If you have time, you can also check out Longpan park where you can also enjoy the grasslands on the south side of the peninsula.
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