Theme Week Taiwan – Penghu

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Double-Heart of Stacked Stones © Zeze0729/cc-by-sa-3.0

Double-Heart of Stacked Stones © Zeze0729/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Penghu or Pescadores Islands are an archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait. The largest city is Magong, located on the largest island, which is also named Magong. Covering an area of 141 square kilometers (54 sq mi), the archipelago collectively forms Penghu County of the Taiwan, and is the second smallest county, after Lienchiang. The traditional English name of the islands, the Pescadores, comes from the Portuguese name Ilhas dos Pescadores (“Fishermen Islands”). The islands have also been called Pehoe from the Minnan name Phêⁿ-ô·. Pescadores was also the name given by the Spanish expedition of Hernando de Grijalva in 1537 to the Micronesian atoll Kapingamarangi.

Penghu is served by Magong Airport in Magong City and Qimei Airport in Qimei Township. Both airports opened in 1977. Daily Air operates flights between Penghu to Kaohsiung. Magong Harbor hosts ferry connections with Kaohsiung, Tainan, Chiayi and Kinmen.

Penghu © Wing1990hk/cc-by-sa-3.0 West Islet Lighthouse in Fisherman Island © Jill11tw/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old city walls of Magong © peellden/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mudouyu Lighthouse © Mimicat1531/cc-by-sa-4.0 Magong City God Temple © peellden/cc-by-sa-3.0 Jibei Cultural Museum of Stone Tidal Weirs in the morning © flickr.com - YangChen(TW)/cc-by-2.0 Double-Heart of Stacked Stones © Zeze0729/cc-by-sa-3.0 Catholic Church in Magong © 雲角/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Jibei Cultural Museum of Stone Tidal Weirs in the morning © flickr.com - YangChen(TW)/cc-by-2.0
Due to its restricted geography, fisheries have been the main industry for Penghu. The Agriculture and Fisheries Bureau of the Penghu County Government governs matters related to agriculture and fisheries in Penghu. In 2016, the bureau placed a ban on the harvesting of sea urchins due to their declining population. However, the ban was lifted in 2017 but catches are limited only to those species larger than 8 cm (3.1 in) in diameter.

The Penghu National Scenic Area was established in the early 1990s, comprising most of the islands and islets of the archipelago. Tourism has since become one of the main sources of income of the county. Historical sites include Central Street, Mazu Temple, Four-eyed Well, Penghu Reclamation Hall, Qimei Lighthouse, Xiyu Eastern Fort, Jinguitou Fortress and Xiyu Western Fort. Museums in the county are Chuwan Crab Museum, Ocean Resources Museum, Chang Yu-sheng Memorial Museum and Penghu Living Museum. Other attractions in the county include the Double-Heart of Stacked Stones, Little Taiwan, Whale Cave, Xiaomen Geology Gallery and South Penghu Marine National Park. Since 1 January 2015, tourists from Mainland China can directly apply for the Exit & Entry Permit upon arrival in Penghu. This privilege also applies to Kinmen and the Matsu Islands as a means to boost tourism in the outlying islands of Taiwan.

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Read more on Government of the Penghu County, Taiwan Tourism – Penghu County, Wikitravel Penghu, Wikivoyage Penghu and Wikipedia Penghu. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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