Worth the Effort?
Wanggong is a place that may not appeal or interest most folks, but it certainly appeals to me. It may not be Taiwan’s hottest and ‘must-see’ attractions, but that could very well be why I enjoy going there so much. There is nothing fancy about the place, nothing extravagant. However, the incredible natural views is enough to have me returning again and again.
A Video of Wanggong
Wanggong is a coastal town located on the west coast of central Taiwan. It is not far from the historical town of Lugang, which is also located in Changhua County. Some people opt to visit both of these places to make the ideal day trip – a splash of old and man-made with a dash of nature.
What to See and Do [and Photograph]
~1~ Eat Seafood
Once you leave the parking lot, there is a row of vendors selling a wide variety of seafood, drinks, and snacks nearby. Seating is provided and the area is shaded with a roof providing shelter from the blaring hot sun common in Taiwan during several months of the year.
I personally gravitate towards the pogo sticks [hot dogs on a stick] just because of the Chinese characters of ‘Wanggong’ and ‘harbor’ written on the outside with batter. It’s a pretty clever marketing tool if you ask me [it captured my attention anyway.]
~2~ Boardwalk and Coastal Views
There is a boardwalk circling the perimeter with trees and other types of vegetation providing some shelter from the elements on each side. There are a few dead ends that branch off the main path which serve as lookout points with pretty good views. It is not really long, but there is a gazebo along the way for those who would like to rest or just take it easy for a while. I should also mention that there are power generating windmills can be seen in the far off distance. Some consider them an eye sore, but I think producing natural energy is the way to go.
~3~ The ‘Zebra’ Lighthouse
When the boardwalk subsides, you are right smack dab in front of the lighthouse. And this is not just any lighthouse, it is one with black and white stripes running up and down, one that I always refer to as the ‘zebra’ lighthouse. This lighthouse can also be admired from a distance at several vantage points along the boardwalk.
Entrance into the lighthouse is not permitted. [However, I recently read that admittance will be granted to the public to enter certain lighthouses in Taiwan in 2015 and 2016.]
~4~ The View and Activities during Low Tide
Wanggong has become increasing popular in recent years as city dwellers descend upon the town for a unique coastal experience. I have never personally participated myself, but there are several motor powered vehicles [similar to tuk-tuks in Thailand] that will take travelers to pick clams and what not when the water subsides during low tide. They retreat back to land before the tide becomes high again. The round trip ride will set you back NT$200 and these vehicles are available for hire at the parking lot.
I prefer to enjoy the view from the breakwater wall, with access just meters away from the lighthouse. At low tide, you can see oysters nets from afar. Plus, the sun dancing and shimmering on the water creates such a beautiful, almost mystical, view for photographing.
~5~ The Sunset
Visiting Wanggong is all about timing. Most people [including myself] usually arrive in Wanggong in the late afternoon or early evening, right before the sun descends from the sky and night falls upon the town. I am not entirely sure, but it may be one of Taiwan’s best kept secrets, as the sunset views here are pretty awesome and spectacular. Additionally, there are a few bird-watching huts that extend out from the breakwater wall. Bird-watching enthusiasts use these structures to locate wildlife. However, I use them as for composition purposes when I am capturing images of the setting sun.
~6~ The Blue Bridge and Its Arches
Once you take in the breathtaking coastal views and sunset, the bridge with the tall blue arches will lead you over the harbor and right back to the parking lot. If you haven’t had enough and you wish to take in more scenery, then veer right, climb up onto the breakwater wall, and continue exploring. That is where you will find the pebble stone arches pictured below.
[The pictures included in this post were taken on three separate occasions during the past three years.]
What type of attractions do you prefer? Natural or man-made? Be sure to drop me a line in the comment box below!