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Penghu: the art of knowing what to avoid

Forget about the cutesy restored villages and the selfie hordes, grab your bike and you’ll find tranquility just around the corner on Penghu

By Han Cheung  /  Staff reporter

There’s no point criticizing the crowded, ridiculously painted coral cave beneath Dayi Temple (大義宮) that held several sea turtles in small pools and wishing wells. The tourists tend to stay close to their motorcycles and tour buses, and tranquility is just around the corner.

GETTING THERE

Penghu can be reached by boat from Budai Port in Chiayi County, where a number of ferry companies have set up ticket counters. The trip takes between 80 and 100 minutes. Budai Port can be reached by bus or taxi from Chiayi HSR Station, the trip is about 40 minutes.

Flights are available from Songshan Airport, round trip is generally between NT$3,000 and NT$4,500.

Where to stay

Guesthouses are in abundance on Penghu’s main islands with seemingly endless construction of new ones. I suggest staying close to Magong as there are no bicycle rentals outside town and amenities are scarce. Pescadores Coral Reef Homestay (www.coralph.tw) has clean and cozy double rooms for NT$1,600 per night in downtown Magong. Green Hotel (www.greenhotels.com.tw) is a bit further away but is worth checking out as the only establishment to average 5.0 stars on Tripadvisor.com; double rooms go for NT$3,000. There are also plenty of options by the shore that average between NT$2,000 and NT$4,000 a night. A complete list of hotels and homestays on all of Penghu’s main islands can be found at: taiwanstay.net.tw/tourism_web/index.php

Bike rentals

All three bicycle rentals are located in Magong. KHS Mountain Bike is the closest to the port at 49-1 Chongqing St (重慶路49-1號), mountain bikes go for NT$200 a day while road bikes are NT$500. Many hotels and guest houses offer free bicycles for guests.

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