Here’s a collection of all lighthouses we have been to over the years and some we have yet to visit. We love lighthouses, because they are usually in scenic locations with sea view and you can always learn a thing or two about local history. We start in the north of the island, make our way down south, go to the east, and finally jump to the offshore islands.
New Taipei City
Fugui Cape Lighthouse 富貴角燈塔
Present structure built in: 1962 Height: 14.3 meters Location: At the northernmost tip of Taiwan, Fugui Cape; close by are Fuji Fishing Harbor and Laomei Beach (Laomei Green Reef)
Like the southernmost point of Taiwan (Eluanbi peninsula in the Kenting National Park), the northernmost point is also marked by a lighthouse, the Fugui Cape Lighthouse. Built in the late 19th century during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the black-and-white tower has been rebuilt several times, including after it was destroyed during World War II. It’s part of the Fugui Cape Park, an area with lush greenery, easy to follow pathways, and access to the Fuji Fishing Harbor southwest of the lighthouse and the Laomei Beach to its southeast.
Present structure built in: 1962 Height: 16 meters Location: On the west side of Keelung Harbor, close to Baimiwong Fort.
Qiuzishan Lighthouse 球子山燈塔
Present structure built in: 1956 Height: 16 meters Location: On the west side of Keelung Harbor, south of Keelung Lighthouse
New Taipei City
Tamsui Harbor Lighthouse 淡水港燈塔
Present structure built in: 1969 Height: 32.7 meters Location: On the right bank of Tamsui River, between the Tamsui Old Street Area and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Bitou Cape Lighthouse 鼻頭角燈塔
Present structure built in: 1971 Height: 12.3 meters Location: At the far end of Bitou Cape on the Northeast Coast. To the southeast is Longdong Bay and to the southwest is tiny Bitou Fishing Harbor.
Bitou Cape is well-known for its main trail, which brings you to high vantage points with rest pavilions from where you can enjoy marvelous 360-degree views of the coastal mountains and sea. One side trail takes you to the photogenic Bitou Cape Lighthouse, another to a former military barracks, recently restored and made accessible to tourists. The western end of the cape’s main trail is at the small, picturesque Bitou Fishing Harbor.
Present structure built in: 1935 Height: 16.5 meters Location: The lighthouse sits on Sandiao Cape, the easternmost point of Taiwan.
The Sandiao Cape Lighthouse is inland off the coastal highway. There is a sign with clear English at the entrance of the narrow road that heads up the hill. The lighthouse was built in 1935 by the Japanese after two Japanese ships were wrecked directly offshore. It houses a small display gallery with old lighthouse equipment, maps, period photos, and other items. There are short, well-maintained pathways around the lighthouse, one leading to a fine lookout with information boards that have English explanations of the immediate area’s geology and history.
Baishajia Lighthouse 白沙岬燈塔
Present structure built in: 1901 Height: 27.7 meters Location: The lighthouse is located in Taoyuan City’s Guanyin District, close to Guanyin Beach on Taiwan’s northwest coast.
One of the oldest lighthouses in Taiwan is the Baishajia Lighthouse in Taoyuan City. It has helped to guide ships through the waters of the Taiwan Strait since 1901. Originally standing 38m tall, after being damaged during World War II it was rebuilt to the current height of 27.7m. After undergoing restoration and redesign of its inner space, the lighthouse was reopened in 2020 to visitors. Inside you will find an informative exhibition with interactive elements.
Present structure built in: 1963 Height: 13.4 meters Location: Northeast of Hualien City, southeast of Qixingtan beach.
The first edition of the Qilaibi Lighthouse was built in 1931 during the Japanese era. After being destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt in 1963 as a pentagonal tower with a height of only 13.4 meters. The lighthouse is off-limits to the public, but is in full view from points to the south, enabling you to take photos of it with the coastline further to the north serving as backdrop.
Present structure built in: 1915 Height: 7 meters Location: On Sanxiantai Island in Taitung County
Once on the island you can follow a wooden boardwalk, passing strange rocks and tropical vegetation. Coming closer to the far end of the island turn right, leaving the boardwalk, and scramble across the sharp-edged black rocks, close to the water, to reach a steep staircase that leads to a small lighthouse. There you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the vast Pacific Ocean in front and the long mainland coastline in the distance behind.
Present structure built in: 1939 Height: 33.3 meters Location: In the northwest corner of Green Island off the coast of southeastern Taiwan
The Green Island Lighthouse is a beautiful white tower located in the island’s northwest corner close to Bitou Cape. It was a gift from the United States after the SS President Hoover liner hit a reef off the island and was grounded in 1937. Locals rescued the stranded passengers, and a year later, as an act of gratitude, the U.S. donated the funds to build the original lighthouse. The current lighthouse, built in 1948 after the original was destroyed in WWII, stands at just over 33m in height, and is reached by ascending a 150-step staircase. The lighthouse offers a 360-degree-view of Green Island. From March through May the area in front of the lighthouse transforms into blossoming fields of wild lilies. Close by is Wuyouku, a beach area with a large pool of saltwater that appears at low tide, teeming with sea creatures.
Present structure built in: 1901 Height: 13 meters Location: At the easternmost tip of Dongyin Island
The brilliant-white Dongyong Lighthouse’s physical setting – stark, lonely beauty. The lighthouse is perched, at first glance seemingly quite precariously, on the precipitous-angle flank of a mountain, the great sea looming before, nothing in view. The mountain’s upper half looms behind and above, nothing of human creation in view. On the dizzyingly steep complex walkways, you look straight down into the sea at your feet. Completed in 1877, designed by an Englishman in 18th-century British style, this lighthouse is Taiwan’s northernmost national heritage site.
Dongquan Lighthouse 東犬燈塔
Present structure built in: 1872 Height: 19.5 meters Location: In Dongju Island’s northeast corner
Dongquan Lighthouse is informally called the “Red-Hair Lighthouse.” The term “red-hair” was commonly used for Westerners during China’s imperial days after the Dutch appeared in regional waters. Like Dongyin’s lighthouse, the tall British-built facility, finished in 1872, guided foreign vessels into the nearby China mainland’s Min River after Fuzhou city was opened to trade following the Second Opium War. Britain built numerous lighthouses in the region – China had none – after losing many vessels. The highlight at the cape-tip stronghold below the lighthouse, beyond the stupendous seagull-angle views, is a massive gun poking from a camouflaged emplacement.