By TTNews Reporter Tsu Chan-Chang
Penghu County, Taiwan –
Departing from North Sea Visitor Centre, you definitely will pass this white sand island on the way to Jibei Islet. There is one housing stood on this small island. The clear, blue water surface sparkles under the dazzling sun. Coming to this small white sand island, you definitely will fall in love with such picturesque and postcard-like stunning scenery right away! This white sand island called “Sianjiao” Islet is the one and only uninhabited pearl shell sand island in Taiwan.
From the first impression, it is really hard to associate this beautiful small island with the word “sian”, literally “dangerous” in Chinese. Sianjiao Islet won its name due to the vast amount of submerged reefs around the islet. The islet itself is composed by shell sand and the entire terrain is quite flat as well. However, because the peripheral sea areas of the islet are suffused with coral reefs, submerged reefs had caused many vessels and ship ran aground in the early days, so that is how it got such terrified name.
Although Sianjiao Islet may be dangerous, ships no longer have the problems of ship grounding with the help of modern technology. Sianjiao Islet in 1990 has become one of the most important tourist attractions in Penghu. The entire islet covers an area of 4 hectares, and the main and only building on the islet was built in 2003 during the drama filming. This building called “8 Centimetres Blue” has become the most noticeable landmark of Sianjiao Islet.
If you come to Sianjiao Islet during the day, you can engage in a wide range of water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, diving, strolling along the sand beach, etc. In the evening, tourists can have fun in BBQ and night fishing. At last, you lie down on the beach stargazing and listening to the sound of ocean waves. Sianjiao Islet surely will be special and unforgettable holiday vacation choice!
English and Chinese
Sianjiao Islet: 險礁
Jibei Islet: 吉貝島