[quote=“cranky laowai”]Penghu was great. Still warm. Quiet. Few people, despite this being a weekend. Once September is over, the crowds drop off considerably.
My wife and I stayed in a new B&B, hǎi tiān yī shè (海天一舍), and got low-season rates. The “breakfast” part of “bed and breakfast” was some doujiang and a few things from a breakfast place down the road; but that was fine with me. The bed was nice. The room was large and had a balcony overlooking a large bay, which was directly outside the window. And the laoban, who’s a teacher in his day job, let us use his scooter for free. (We paid for the gas.)
The only drawback to the trip was that the wind started to pick up in the late afternoon, which isn’t too bad if walking around but considerably more intense if riding a scooter into a headwind. My guess would be that it would be too windy to ride a scooter comfortably any later than the first half of November. But in October it’s fine; and Penghu’s cheap and relatively deserted then.[/quote]
I was only in Penghu once in the late 70s. And I think it was during the windy season. IT was real windy and bleak feeling. The plane I took there, tail number 1870 from CAL was later lost making a landing attempt at that very airport. I guess the winds make landing especially challenging? Probably the prop planes do better there. I think thats all they fly there now? OR?
I remember FAT had these ancient Vickers Viscount VC8, 4 engine prop planes going out there at that time along with their 737. The only domestic airlines at that time was FAT and CAL. On the way back I took a FAT 737 flight to Tainan and that was the shortest jet flight iv ever taken. We skimmed the waters at low altitude and the flight from wheel up to wheel down was only something like 13 minutes.
I didnt do a lot in penghu, having only flown there in the morning and out in the PM. IT seemed like it would be a place to go in the summertime. Im sure its alot more fun nowadays. Do any tourist go there during low season or is it basically shut?
Kenting seems like a place where one could experience the sort of high winds found on Penghu?