Spring Scream in Kending

So, for all the indie and mando-pop music lovers, you’ll know about 春天的呐喊, Spring Scream Festival. It’s like the place to be in if you enjoy indie and mando-pop music, the beach, a bit of that hippie culture. Anyway, as a self-proclaimed Mayday fan, I’ve always been chasing after this free-spirited culture, and ever since I heard about this festival eons ago, I’ve been wanting to go there!

So this year, I finally had the chance to make it to the festival. Our timing was a little off (we were there on the first day and missed out the 2nd and 3rd day) because of some wrong information.

**Scroll down for the trip summary**

Anyway, here are some pictures from the trip!

The Great Wall of.. Heng Chun! It surrounds the old town and links up the four old gates. Great way to have a walk!
The Great Wall of.. Heng Chun! It surrounds the old town and links up the four old gates. Great way to have a walk!
One out of the four gates in Heng Chun.
One out of the four gates in Heng Chun.
Chu Huo 出火, natural fire from underground!
Chu Huo 出火, natural fire from underground!
Go-Karting is one of cheapest in Heng Chun! Is that why they call it cheap thrill?
Go-Karting is one of cheapest in Heng Chun! Is that why they call it cheap thrill?
Fish market at Houbihu Port where you can eat fresh seafood right away!
Fish market at Houbihu Port where you can eat fresh seafood right away!
Oops we found the yellow submarine!
Oops we found the yellow submarine!
Kending Night Market - for all the Taiwanese food lovers!
Kending Night Market – for all the Taiwanese food lovers!
Great views of the Pacific Ocean from eastern Kending.
Great views of the Pacific Ocean from eastern Kending.
Riding down the roads on Eastern Kending. Great views of the sea and grassland!
Riding down the roads on Eastern Kending. Great views of the sea and grassland!
Jia Le Shui, a preserved coastal park at the very north-eastern tip of Kending.
Jia Le Shui, a preserved coastal park at the very north-eastern tip of Kending.
The Purple Mushroom Stage at Spring Scream Festival. With the sunset behind it :)
The Purple Mushroom Stage at Spring Scream Festival. With the sunset behind it 🙂
Red Temple Stage at Spring Scream Festival. Awesome music!
Red Temple Stage at Spring Scream Festival. Awesome music!

Trip summary: 4 Days in Hengchun & Kending for Spring

Day 1 – Hengchun 恒春 old town & the amazing 出火 (Chu Huo, Eternal Flame)

  • Getting there:
    • Taipei to Zuoying 左营, Kaohsiung on the HSR (about TWD 1,100)
    • Take the local MRT to Kaohsiung Main Station and walk to the Kaohsiung / Pintung Bus Company depot (opposite U-bus Company)
    • Take Kending Express Bus 9188 from Kaohsiung Main Station to Hengchun Town (about TWD 280, 2hrs)
  • What to do:
    • Walk around the old fort walls and visit the fort gates (It took us about 2hrs to walk the entire thing in the baking hot sun. -_-)
    • Film site of Cape No. 7
    • Visit Guanshan 关山 for it’s beautiful sunset (you’d have to get a cab)
    • Chu Huo (It’s about 15 mins walk from East Gate, or you can catch a bus too)
    • Dinner at Hengchun old street 恒春老街

Day 2 – Go-Kart at Hengchun 恒春 & Houbihu 后壁湖

  • Getting there:
    • From Hengchun bus terminal, take the blue loop line #102 to Houbihu (TWD 50, 30mins)
    • From Houbihu, catch the same bus to Kending Main Street (15mins)
  • What to do:
    • Go-Kart on the outskirts of Hengchun! (Apparently one of the cheapest in Taiwan @ TWD100 for 7 mins. It’s a 15 mins walk from the South Gate, or you can take bus #9188.)
    • The blue loop bus goes to Baisha 白沙 and Maobitou 猫鼻头 , two scenic areas in western Kending before Houbihu.
    • At Houbihu Port, there is a fresh seafood market where you can eat fresh seafood at the restaurants!
    • Kending main street night market!

Day 3 – Eastern Kending & Spring Scream!!

  • Getting around
    • We rented a scooter (not a moped ‘coz we’re cooler than that, yo!) for 400TWD for a whole day. Of course if you can’t ride, then a moped is a good but slow alternative. It took us about 5hrs to circle all the different beaches and coastal areas before ending up in Eluanbi for the festival.
  • What to do
    • Chuanfanshi 船帆石– great sea view and view of the Chuanfanshi rock
    • Sha Dao 沙岛– another beautiful beach along the coast of Kending & small sand museum
    • Eluanbi 鹅銮鼻– Southern most point of Taiwan, and also the filming site for Cape No. 7
    • Long Pan 龙盘– A stretch of grassfield perched high up on the seaside cliff facing the vast Pacific Ocean. Winds are strong and it’s a steep drop down to the rocky beach, but the views are impressive.
    • Feng Chui Sha 风吹沙– A stretch of the cliff, known for the large amount of sand carried up by the strong winds from the sea.
    • Gangkou 港口– A small quiet port town (not really sure if you can consider it a “town”), but there is a nice suspension bridge across the river mouth and also some family-run eateries for lunch.
    • Jialeshui Park 佳乐水– At the end of the road, is Jialeshui Park, a protected rocky coastal area. It is definitely a different sight from the sandy beaches.

Day 4 – Sheding NP 社顶公园 & Kending NP 垦丁公园

  • Getting around
    • We rented the scooter (again) til late afternoon. This time, it cost us TWD300.
    • Late afternoon, we caught bus #9188 back to Kaohsiung. (3-4hrs due to heavy traffic, TWD 320)
    • Overnight bus from Kaohsiung main station to Taipei main station.
  • What to do
    • Shending NP – It’s a small (compared to Kending NP) NP but there are some nice pavillions that offers great views of the coastal and inland areas. Very quiet too, and you don’t have to worry about the crowd.
    • Kending NP – It’s a loonng walk in from the entrance, and this park is more like a botanical garden than a nature park. If you go further in, there are more “natural” stuff to see like the caves, and observation deck that gives a panoramic view of Pintung.
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2 thoughts on “Spring Scream in Kending

    1. Hey Yvonne, there r a few bus companies (2 if im not wrong) doing the route from Kaohsiung to Taipei. We used Ubus, it cost us 510TWD. I think the standard was pretty average, but if you’re used to overnight bus journeys, you can probably get some good sleep like we did 🙂

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