Taiwan has a truly unique natural beauty, active crustal movement in this subtropical volcanic island, forceful monsoons, turbulent waves and copious rainfall, all of which have created magnificent landscapes: numerous hot springs, cavernous lava rock coastlines, rugged mountains that rise straight out of the Pacific Ocean and many natural spectacles that can’t be found together anywhere else. Also, the complex currents and seabed terrain of the surrounding waters have formed a rich and unique marine ecology.
Xitou Nature Education Area, Nantou
Xinyi Township, Nantou
Taiwan, in addition to the sweet potato shaped main island, there are about 121 outlying small islands fall into 11 groups, the diversity of these small-island groups could be classified by different geological origins. There are granite-origin continental islands which are close to China's coastline (e.g., Kinmen and Matzu island groups), volcanic oceanic islands (e.g., Green Island, Orchid Island, Turtle Island, Penghu Archipelago), and islands based on raised coral reef or atolls, these islands are great for scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, swimming and bird watching.
Green Island and its rich ecology