Taiwan's green paradise

(Above) Niutoushan is a popular spot for spectacular sunsets. (Left) Zhaori Hot Springs is one of the world's few saltwater hot springs. (Below) Life-sized human figure cutouts turn the former Green Island Reform and Re-education Prison into a living
Niutoushan is a popular spot for spectacular sunsets. PHOTO: JACLYNN SEAH
(Above) Niutoushan is a popular spot for spectacular sunsets. (Left) Zhaori Hot Springs is one of the world's few saltwater hot springs. (Below) Life-sized human figure cutouts turn the former Green Island Reform and Re-education Prison into a living
Zhaori Hot Springs is one of the world's few saltwater hot springs. PHOTO: JACLYNN SEAH
(Above) Niutoushan is a popular spot for spectacular sunsets. (Left) Zhaori Hot Springs is one of the world's few saltwater hot springs. (Below) Life-sized human figure cutouts turn the former Green Island Reform and Re-education Prison into a living
Life-sized human figure cutouts turn the former Green Island Reform and Re-education Prison into a living diorama.PHOTO: JACLYNN SEAH

Green Island off the eastern coast of Taiwan hides unusual surprises, from a rare saltwater hot spring to the remains of a political prison

The first time I visited Green Island 10 years ago, I was convinced it earned its moniker from all the green-faced people stumbling off the ferry at the dock.

The hour-long journey from Taitung's Fugang Harbour to Green Island had been a stomach-churning one, with choppy waves rolling the boat from side to side and a chorus of retching seasick passengers.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 28, 2019, with the headline 'Taiwan's green paradise'. Print Edition | Subscribe