Summer Vacation in Liuqiu

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Hi everyone. Welcome to Time for Taiwan. My name is Michella Jade Weng. White sandy beaches, interesting looking giant coral formation and just 14 kilometers off the coast of Pingtung's Donggang, today we're headed to Liuqiu!

A short, 30-minute ferry ride later, Liuqiu and its crystal clear waters appear before visitors. At 6.8 square kilometers, this is one of the largest coral islands in the world, now a major tourist spot for young travelers.

Along the coast, you can see people playing on white, sandy beaches and gazing at coral formations several meters high, like this one, called the Vase Rock.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Where there's coral, there are usually some pretty nice looking underwater organisms. And you can get a closer look by going scuba diving!

You can join short snorkeling tours to get a glimpse of underwater life here, including coral, sea urchins and all kinds of fish. Prices start at NT$200, which is quite affordable, but of course, the more you spend, the better the equipment, guide and experience will be.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Where there's coral, there's usually some pretty interesting looking underwater organisms. You can get a closer look by going scuba diving.

Made from deep fried, thinly sliced sweet potatoes and thick sugar syrup, these crispy squares can be bought all over Taiwan, but they are rarely handmade. Mrs Lee has been making these for over 30 years, and now her grandson is taking over the business, to keep the tradition alive.

There are a few other snacks people like to try when they're here, like these fried and glazed braided bread sticks, and steamed rice cakes with meat sauce and taro or pumpkin.

Though once completely depopulated following a massacre during the Dutch colonial era in the 17th century, Liuqiu is now a favorite destination among young people with a limited budget.

小琉球夏日風情

主持人翁郁容:
大家好,歡迎收看 Time for Taiwan,我是翁郁容。白色沙灘,奇特珊瑚岩,距離東港才14公里,今天我們要帶您到小琉球。

搭上交通船,只要30分鐘就能抵達水質湛藍又清澈的小琉球。面積6.8平方公里,小琉球是全世界最大珊瑚島之一,這裡的遊客幾乎都是年輕人。

沿岸,可以看到民眾在白色沙灘上晒太陽、玩水,也能看到不少人望著好幾米高的珊瑚奇岩,在它周圍找小生物。

主持人翁郁容:
通常有珊瑚的地方都有一些蠻好看的海地生物。想近距離接觸嗎?那就跟著我們去潛水吧!

島上有不少浮潛業者能帶您進入海底世界,看看珊瑚、海膽、各式各樣的魚類。費用才200元起跳,很划算,不過一分錢一分貨,想要品質較好的設備、解說,和體驗,建議還是別貪小便宜。

主持人翁郁容:
來到小琉球,能夠吃什麼呢?目前這邊還有一些傳統小點心是用手工做的。像這一個,地瓜酥。

和紙張一樣薄的地瓜片,炸成金黃色之後,和糖漿一起攪拌,接著放進模子壓一壓,滾一滾,地瓜酥台灣許多地方都有賣,但很少像這邊,是用手工做的。李奶奶的地瓜酥已經有超過30年歷史,現在由她的孫子李佳旗接手傳承。

來到這邊,還有些其他的當地小吃可以試試,這些阿姨們看起來像在打麻將,但其實是在做小麻花捲。另外,聽說這裡的芋頭粿和金瓜粿有都很有特色。

在17世紀,小琉球曾經發生大屠殺,有一段時間,完全沒人住在這兒,但走出黑暗歷史,如今成為年輕人的經濟旅遊景點,不妨改天也來走走吧。