There are few places in the world where you’d feel safer on the street than in Taiwan. They have a low crime rate. Taiwan is one of the most hazardous places to live, though, if you consider the possibility of earthquakes. The simplified explanation is that Taiwan was formed by the collision of two tectonic plates and lies over a line of major seismic faults.
At the same time, this created an island of landscape that is both geographically extreme, and extremely beautiful. There’s hardly any land between the beach and the mountains. In some places, there only cliffs over the water. Taiwan has fascinating topography, hot springs, beaches and rivers that beg to be photographed. In a future post, we’ll cover Taroko Gorge, a place whose majesty cannot be captured in pictures.
For now, we’re photo-blogging the Kenting National Park. On the top of this 1000-foot mountain, there is coral rock that had been pushed up from the ocean when the island was formed. Coming from mostly sea-level Florida, I was duly impressed. This public park has two caves: the Stalagmite Cave and The Silver Dragon.