An Abandoned Lookout on Guanshan

The view from the top deck of an abandoned restaurant on Guanshan in Kenting National Park.

Not far off the beaten trail leading up and around Guānshān 關山, a modest mountain in the southwestern corner of Kenting National Park 墾丁國家公園, one will find a recently abandoned restaurant and cafe with some great views of the South China Sea. Guanshan is an uplifted coral reef—it lay beneath the waves mere millions of years ago. Nowadays it is widely considered to be one of the best places to catch a sunset in southern Taiwan. I didn’t stay long enough to find out—it was a quick operation, in and out, with no time to snap anything more than this forgotten vista, receding into memory.

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