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Tianliao 田寮

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.