In accordance with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ (MOTC) promotion of 2021 as the Year of Bicycle Tours, Kenting National Park is allowing cyclists to purchase tickets and enter the park on foot on a trial basis from February 1 to December 31, 2021. In conjunction, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) has installed bicycle racks at Eluanbi Lighthouse so that cyclists can make a stopover at the lighthouse for sightseeing and picture-taking.
According to the MPB, the Eluanbi Lighthouse is located within the Kenting National Park and is one of the four lighthouses marking the extreme points of Taiwan’s main island. As such, its number of visitors has always been the highest among lighthouses open to the public. As Eluanbi Lighthouse is the southernmost point of "Light up Taiwan," it is very popular with cyclists. Due to the prohibition of bicycles in Kenting National Park, however, these cyclists were previously unable to enter the lighthouse with their beloved bikes. As coordinated by the MOTC, the Kenting National Park Headquarters is allowing cyclists to purchase tickets and enter the park on foot on a trial basis, thus assisting in the promotion of bicycle tourism activities in conjunction with the 2021 Year of Bicycle Tours initiative. The MPB has also set up bicycle racks in the lighthouse park to welcome cyclists. Nevertheless, cyclists are called on to observe the regulations established by Kenting National Park Headquarters by walking, not riding, their bikes along the designated trail to the lighthouse.
The MPB adds that, to create a friendlier, healthier and safer cycling culture and environment, it will also be conducting a comprehensive review of the installation of bicycle racks in lighthouse parks open to the public, so that cyclists can visit the lighthouses together with their beloved bikes.
The Eluanbi Lighthouse is located in Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan. The tower is a white, iron-made and round-shaped structure facing the southwest with the mountains as its backdrop. Constructed in the form of a cannon fort, the lighthouse features walls dotted with gunholes and trenches surrounding the structure, making it the only armed lighthouse throughout Taiwan. Rebuilt in 1962, the lighthouse was refurbished with a powerful rotating Fresnel lens that has the strongest luminosity in the country, making Eluanbi the lighthouse with the farthest optical path in the Taiwan and earning it great renown as the brilliant "Light of East Asia." Opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during winter time (November 1 to March 31), and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm during summer (April 1 to October 31). The lighthouse is closed on Mondays for maintenance.
Contact person: Lu, Hsueh-Feng, Section Chief, Maritime Safety Division
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