We started off the day getting up at 5:30 to watch the Rose Bowl pregame and the Rose Bowl, which I will speak no more of for obvious reasons. At about 7:30 we headed out the door for the Mai train station, which acts as a hub for all of the public transportation in Taipei. After making our way through the station, we boarded our train and took our assigned seats. Already I was loving high speed rail; there’s so much leg room it’s mind boggling, and the seats recline more than the two inches you get in a plane. If there was a magical high speed train running from America to Europe or Asia, I’d be the first customer for this train alone. Check out Dawin totally extending her legs while in the seat.

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90 minutes after departing, we arrived in one of the closest large cities to the southern tip, Zuoying, a trip that would take 5-6 hours by car. To get the rest of the way to the tip, we took a bus along the coast, winding through little seaside towns. The first 215 miles of the trip took 90 minutes – with stops – and the last 70 miles took at least two hours.

Arriving at the resort in Kenting, we dropped off our stuff and hopped in a van to head out to the actual southernmost tip of the island, where there’s a park. We found the smallest palm trees ever (see below picture of me playing Godzilla) near the entrance.

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We made our way down to the ocean first, climbing up on the rocks near the path. All of the rocks along this stretch of the beach are formed from old coral, so they’re rather difficult to walk on. This type of rock was found everywhere during our two days at the southern tip, even up at one of the highest points of the area.

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Further along, we came upon the lighthouse marking the southern tip of the island and a nearby marker indicating the official southern tip where distances are calculated from to determine the boundary of Taiwan’s territorial waters.

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On the way back to the hotel from the park, we stopped at a rock sticking up out of the ocean to snap some pics. What’s so special about this rock, you ask? See for yourself.

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Yep, as Dawin and Mina are pantomiming, that rock looks like Richard Nixon’s head staring out into the ocean. What are the odds of that?

After exploring around the hotel grounds a bit, we headed down the road for dinner. The town that was quite dead during the day was very much alive at night. It was a curious mix of California surfer, Taiwan, and Ybor City in Tampa, with plenty of bright street signs and loud music playing from every door. Street vendors lined the road, and hipster surfers came out of their daytime hiding places. It was quite the experience, more so for the fact that this hustle and bustle was taking place in a town that wasn’t much more than one street stretched out along the coast for 3/4 of a mile.

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Tomorrow, we’ll check out the Kenting Forrest Recreation Area and head back north to Taipei.