TAIPEI (The China Post) — From June to September, the summer season is the best time of the year to view and photograph the Milky Way in Taiwan.
In clear, sunny weather with no clouds, no light hazards, and a wide-open view, you can look up and see a starry sky across Taiwan.
The sparsely populated areas are especially suitable for stargazing, including mountains, suburbs, and the beach.
Here are a few places in Taiwan that are suitable for stargazing!
Sanxiantai, located in Taitung’s Chenggong Township, has been selected as one of the “14 Most Beautiful Starry Skies in Taitung.”
The attraction was once chosen as one of Taiwan’s top five stargazing sites by a travel platform, attracting countless astrology fans and photographers from around the world.
It is very romantic to sit on the shore and listen to the waves while looking up at the starry sky. With the signature eight cross-sea arch bridge as the backdrop, many photographers will capture the stunning night sky from the shore.
The Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung, the southernmost part of Taiwan, features many perfect stargazing locations due to its flat land, low light and limited air pollutions.
The most popular scenic spot, Hengchun Mobitou Park, located near the Kenting National Park, is one of the best stargazing spots in southern Taiwan.
Besides, the park is also where the annual event “Milky Way Tour” on Chinese Valentine’s Day unfolds each year.
Mobitou is located on the western promontory at the southern tip of Taiwan, where there is little light pollution, and as long as the weather is clear with little moonlight, the chances of seeing the glittering Milky Way are very high.
Hehuanshan (Mount Hehuan)
Hehuanshan in central Taiwan is another popular stargazing spot. Last year, the area was designated as the nation’s first Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
Thanks to such international recognition, the spot has drawn countless photographers to capture the breathtaking starry night sky.
The four best spots for stargazing include Kunyang Parking, Wuling Parking, the cabin at the foot of Shimenshan and the first observatory on the Hehuanshan main peak trail (Maya observatory).
Gangkou Suspension Bridge & Pingtung Majia Leisure Farm
The agricultural and recreational park in Majia Village, Pingtung County, has an altitude of about 900 to 1,100 meters above sea level. It offers a pleasant and quiet environment for getting away from hustle and bustle of city life.
The Gangkou Suspension Bridge, also known as the Ping-E Highway in Pingtung County, is where the Gangkou River flows into the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the most iconic landmarks on the east coast of Hengchun Peninsula.
The bridge is also far from the city center, offering the Milky Way’s best view.