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Tianliao 田寮

Tianliao 田寮 is a sparsely populated rural district in Kaohsiung 高雄 on the border with Tainan 台南. It is home to the southern continuation of Taiwan's badlands, also found in neighbouring Zuozhen. Here you will find the infamous "Moon World" park, a small mud volcano, and many obscure temples in the rolling countryside.

Exploring the Badlands of Southern Taiwan

Sundown in the badlands
Sundown in the badlands of southern Taiwan.

The badlands of Taiwan 台灣 are one of the island’s most captivating and unusual landscapes. There are several scattered around the island but the most extensive badlands can be found along the hilly borderlands of Tainan 台南 and Kaohsiung 高雄. Known locally to Taiwanese as Yuèshìjiè 月世界, literally “moon world”, these landscapes are composed of weathered mudstone outcrops that erode too quickly for plants to grow.