Kenting in Any Weather

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Hello everyone. Welcome to Time for Taiwan. My name is Michella Jade Weng. In the summer, Kenting is known for its surfing and water sports. And altough it's on the Hengchun Peninsula in the southernmost part of Taiwan, it's actually pretty accessible. You can take the high speed rail to Zuoying, then get on the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle and you're there. That's where we're headed now.

Locals and tourists take this bus to get to Kenting, which also stops at Dapeng Bay on the way.

Kenting is surfing paradise for many people. Most come in the summer, and many even come in the winter.

Hear that sound? That's Hengchun folk music. If you get rained out or need a break from all the sunshine, this museum for local music can be quite interesting, especially if you are not afraid to embarrass yourself with a lesson on this two-stringed fretted lute.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
I can't sing and play at the same time!

Chen Li-ping, Hengchun Folksong Expert:
When I think of you.
These two are for the last word.

I better keep my day job and let the professional handle this...

There are eight melodies in Hengchun folk music, sung to lyrics that have been handed down through the ages or made up on the spot.

Michella Jade Weng, Host
So that's Hengchun folk music. Next let's see how local delicacy salted duck eggs are made.

Jheng Siou-huei, Duck Farmer:
Look at this. These are salt granules.

Several weeks later when enough salt and minerals have passed through the shell, it's officially "salted" and ready to eat. The most common way to prepare them is by steaming or boiling for eating with congee. Here, you can make your own salted eggs, bring them home and patiently wait until they're ready to eat.

If you can't wait that long, you can easily find a local restaurant that incorporates these eggs into its dishes, like fried rice.

Another specialty here is the pork knuckle chock full of collagen and infused with locally produced tea. Also there's a seafood hot pot in a milk-based broth that tastes surprisingly good.

This trip really has been full of surprises, starting from how easy it is to get to Kenting and all the things one can do even in rainy weather.