Kenting National Park Facts

Kenting National Park Facts
Kenting National Park is a 129 square mile park located in Taiwan's Hengchun Peninsula. The park was established in 1984, and covers the majority of Taiwan Island's southern region, including the townships of Manzhou, Checheng, and Hengchun. Kenting National Park is a favourite destination for tourists who wish to snorkel, swim, dive, hike, or go sightseeing. Kenting National Park has a hot tropical climate, which results in high waves during typhoon season and beach closures are common. Kenting National Forest Recreation Area has one of the world's top 10 tropical botanical gardens.
Interesting Kenting National Park Facts:
Kenting National Park is most famous for its beaches, forests and vegetation, and corals.
Kenting National Park is featured in movies such as Cape No. 7 and Life of Pi.
Kenting National Park is Taiwan's oldest national park. It is also the country's most southern national park.
Kenting National Park plays host to the Spring Scream rock festival every year.
70 square miles of Kenting National Park is land while 59 square miles is water.
Kenting National Park has 15 mammal species, 310 bird species, 216 butterfly species, 21 freshwater fish species, and 59 reptile and amphibian species.
There are 26 land crab species in Kenting National Park, making this the largest number of terrestrial crab species in any one area on earth.
Kenting National Park's ocean current provides a home for a diverse species of marine life including sea turtles, sea birds, and although almost non-existent today - it used to provide a wintering location for a variety of whale species including humpback, baleen, and sperm whales.
Most of the whale activity in the waters of Kenting National Park ceased during the Japanese colonial period when whaling resulting in serious depletion of the whale population.
The endangered hawksbill turtle can be found in Kenting National Park's sea waters.
Sharks that can be found in the ocean currents of Kenting National Park include the whale shark and the bull shark.
The lighthouse of Kenting National Park, called Eluanbi Lighthouse, was finished in 1883 following a large number of shipwrecks. In order to build the lighthouse Chinese troops had to patrol the area to stop local tribes from destroying it. In order to protect it there was a fort built.
Kenting National Park has three forest layers because of its elevation including the first layer of arbores, second layer of bushes, and third layer of mostly low grasses.
Mammals that can be found in Kenting National Park include Formosan reeve's muntjac, Formosan hare, Formosan rock monkey, Formosan gem-faced civet, and several others.
Birds that can be found in Kenting National Park include the Chinese sparrow hawk, gray-faced buzzard hawk, geese, ducks, montane birds, and sandpipers, as well as many others.
Reptiles that can be found in Kenting National Park include the green bamboo viper, turtle-designed snake, Chinese cobra, Taiwan coral snake, and hundred pacer snake.
Amphibians that can be found in Kenting National Park include the narrow-mouthed frog, Chinese bullfrog, olive frog, Indian rice frog, and 22 more frog species.

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