By TraNews Reporter Tsu, Chan-Chang
PENGHU, TAIWAN (TraNews) – The Penghu Islands are an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan surrounded by deep blue ocean. Penghu’s temperate climate, miles of rolling coastline and white sand beaches make this county the perfect tourist destination, attracting throngs of travelers from the mainland Taiwan and from abroad.
Shanshui Beach is located 20-minute drive from Magong City. In the summertime, a large influx of tourists will gradually show up after four o’clock. In recent years, the beach has been heavily visited by the local surfers, students, soldiers and tourists. With the white sand beach stretching for miles and the sparkling blue ocean, this is just the place you will want to plunge into the cooling water.
Shanshui used to be called “sow fell into water”. Such an intriguing name was actually derived from a local legend. Back in the early days, the local residents didn’t set up pigpens, so sows can often be spotted walking on the beach. However, the locals witnessed sows being attacked by the giant octopus and dragged into the sea; hence, people called this place “Sow fell into the water”. It was later renamed “Shanshui.”