The bait, a Doraemon-painted fishing buoy hanging from a doorway. And we took it, stepping inside an previous home transformed into a store in Erkan Village, north of Penghu Island. We had been quickly swallowed by a case of cuteness overload. All over the place we seemed, colourful buoys playfully painted to painting characters from Spiderman to Peppa Pig. We had been hooked and everybody began on the lookout for the very best angle to pose for a photograph. This actually wasn’t what I used to be anticipating for our Resorts World One shore tour in Penghu, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a pleasant shock.
BOOKING A RESORTS WORLD ONE CRUISE
|RESORTS WORLD ONE ANCHORED AT PENGHU’S HARBOR|
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DOCKING AT PENGHU ISLAND
|A GLIMPSE OF PENGHU FROM RESORTS WORLD ONE|
We arrived at Penghu Island early. So early that we needed to eat breakfast as quickly because the inclusive eating places opened make it on time. From the deck, Taiwan’s smallest county got here into view. From what I can see, an orange-roofed temple atop a hill, a towering bronze statue of the ocean goddess Mazu, desolate amidst blue inexperienced waters—Penghu appears to be even sleepier than Cijin Island. I’m liking its vibe.
|OUR FERRY RIDE TO PENGHU’S MAGONG ISLAND|
In contrast to our earlier Resorts World Cruises shore tour to Kaohsiung, the ship anchored fairly a methods away from the dock. We needed to trip a small ferry from the ship to land at Penghu. It’s truly the primary time I skilled this—enjoyable!
RESORTS WORLD ONE SHORE EXCURSION
|PENGHU HAS A VIBRANT AZURE SEA|
Resorts World One has three shore excursions accessible for Penghu. Our group selected the North Penghu Tour. And sure, you’ll be able to alight from the ship and discover DIY if you happen to don’t wish to avail of those excursions. Simply be again on time.
Penghu Scenic Tour – HKD 320.00
Penghu Aqua Farm & Seafood Tour – HKD 480.00
North Penghu Tour – HKD 430.00
|A BUCOLIC SCENE AT PENGHU|
Once more, these are on a first-come-first-served foundation, so guide early on the ship’s foyer. And remember to carry your stamped passport copy, which is supplied as early because the night time earlier than your shore tour.
|A WOODEN HOUSE IN MAGONG CITY|
Composed of ninety islands and islets, Penghu County is situated on the western aspect of Taiwan. We docked on its fundamental island, Magong Island, the place Magong Metropolis is situated. Our information associated to us how small the inhabitants is on the island, since a lot of the children go straight to Taipei after graduating to work. And certainly, there have been hardly any individuals on the road throughout our go to.
|WIND TURBINES AT PENGHU’S BAISHA ISLAND|
It’s a really quiet island, however completely progressive—there have been a number of business institutions, towering workplace buildings, and even glitzy inns. It’s a full blown metropolis, full with 7-Elevens and quick meals institutions—the one factor missing are individuals.
PENGHU TIANHOU TEMPLE
|THE OLDEST MAZU TEMPLE IN TAIWAN IS IN PENGHU|
We had been the primary group to depart from the dock, boarding a van to Penghu’s Tianhou Temple. The fifteenth century temple is the oldest of its type. It’s devoted to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea—just like Cijin Island’s Tianhou Temple. The temple’s Mazu idol, made out of a single piece of wooden, is estimated to be round 700 years previous.
|THE PENGHU TIANHOU TEMPLE|
The town of Magong was truly constructed across the Tianhou Temple, rising in measurement as time glided by.
PENGHU BROWN SUGAR CAKE
|MAGUNG BROWN SUGAR CAKE FACTORY IN MAGONG CITY|
Earlier than going to Xiyu to see the island’s columnar basalt rock formation, we dropped by MaGung Brown Sugar Cake Manufacturing facility, a well-liked store that produces Penghu’s famed brown sugar cake or hei tang gao. The journey would take round forty minutes, so we get to have some free style of the cake first plus some cups of free espresso too, earlier than we drove round to the western aspect of Penghu.
The cake’s truly good—you’ll be able to undoubtedly style the molasses taste of the brown sugar used. The feel is moist and spongy. However, it was a tad too related with our very personal puto or rice cake, that almost all of us determined to cross—opting as a substitute for his or her different choices, like their almond-encrusted seaweed snack and their jarred cooking condiments.
DAGUOYE COLUMNAR BASALT ROCK FORMATION
|THE DAGUOYE COLUMNAR BASALT IS JUST BESIDE THE ROAD|
Most of us fell asleep as we handed by means of Penghu’s pine-laden roads. And shortly sufficient, we had been alighting from our van. And proper in entrance of us, on a hill overlooking the ocean, stands the Daguoye Columnar Basalt rock formation.
|A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DAGUOYE ROCK FORMATION|
The curious formation was unearthed by the Japanese after they had been planning to construct a wharf within the space. These type when basalt lava cools down and cracks into hexagonal shapes. Essentially the most well-known of those are present in Eire’s Large’s Causeway—which made it to Led Zeppelin’s Home of the Holy album cowl.
|THE SMALL POND AT THE BASE OF THE ROCK BASALT IS PERFECT FOR REFLECTION PHOTOS|
Whereas Penghu’s columnar basalt rock formation most likely gained’t make it into any LedZep albums, it nonetheless seems spectacular. At about twelve meters excessive, it stretches for a couple of hundred meters on a hill overlooking Chi’-tung Fishing Harbor. A shallow pond sits under its base, excellent for reflection photographs.
|THE FORMATION RISES TO A HEIGHT OF ABOUT TWELVE METERS HIGH|
There are literally multiple place to see the columnar basalts in Penghu—there are formations in Neian, Dachi, and Chixi. And like Daguoye, they’re all on the township of Xiyu. Of those, the Daguoye Columnar Basalt is the best to entry because it sits proper beside the highway.
ERKAN HISTORICAL VILLAGE
|A GIANT TEAPOT AT THE ERKAN HISTORICAL VILLAGE IN XIYU|
Nonetheless in Xiyu, our subsequent cease was the Erkan Historic Village. It’s a group of over forty conventional homes designed within the Southern Min model utilizing pink bricks and coral stones. Our information mentioned that these are the oldest homes in Penghu.
|A SHOP SELLING SOUVENIRS|
Like Magong Island, most younger residents have left for the massive cities. Nonetheless, because the inflow of tourism in Erkan, a couple of have returned and has began repurposing the homes as retailers, eating places, and lodgings. An effort to revive, revitalize, and preserve the historic village.
Essentially the most well-known home in Erkan is the Chen Home—being devoted to its unique design.
|INSIDE ONE OF THE HOUSES AT ERKAN HISTORICAL VILLAGE|
In its naked type, the homes right here someway reminds us of these in Batanes. And it’s not that onerous to grasp why. Each islands are windswept and so they’re each by the ocean.
|A VERY CHARMING VILLAGE INDEED|
The village is small however extraordinarily charming—low buildings, slender stone roads—I can think about staying right here at the least for an evening to see the way it seems come night. It should be fairly romantic.
THE GREAT PENGHU BRIDGE
|A VIEW OF THE OLD AND THE NEW GREAT PENGHU BRIDGE|
Simply earlier than going again to Magong Island, we stopped by the Nice Penghu Bridge, which connects Xiyu Island to Baisha, which then connects to Magong Metropolis. Inbuilt 1965, it stretches for nearly two and half kilometers lengthy.
|YUWENGDAO STATUE AND THE GREAT PENGHU BRIDGE ENTRANCE|
A colourful statue of an enormous fish and an previous fisherman stands on the bridge head, the Yuwengdao statues. Being a fishing city, Penghu was as soon as named by the Portuguese as Pescadores, which suggests fish, after they occupied the island within the 1600s.
|SEAFOOD AT FESTIVAL HOTEL IN PENGHU|
And eventually again at Magong Metropolis, it was time for lunch. And, in fact, it’s seafood!
Lunch was on the eating corridor of Competition Resort close to the port. Once more, we had been seated on a spherical desk fitted with a lazy susan. And one after the other, plates of boiled shrimp, clams in vegetable, steamed fish, braised pork knuckles, scorching squid, abalones, pork cutlets, and an area Penghu squash soup had been laid on our desk. There was additionally a hotpot stuffed with veggies and seafood for everybody. Scrumptious and undoubtedly filling.
|A LOCAL SQUASH DISH WITH WHAT SEEMS TO BE RICE NOODLES AND SEAFOOD|
Once more, if you happen to’re touring as a pair or a small household, you’ll be able to at all times request to be seated individually so that you gained’t be pressured to share meals with full strangers.
~ THIS TRIP WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY RESORTS WORLD CRUISES. VIEWS & OPINIONS, ALL MINE.