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Caota Sand Dunes is a must see, city’s first geological park in Taiwan’s Taoyuan

Guanyin Caota Sand Dunes is the most complete "desert" along Taiwan's coast. This mysterious work of nature is sculpted by the river and wind.

The Caota dunes are up to 15m tall and extend 8.1km along the coast in a northeast-southwest direction. Environmental conservation group the Taiwan Environmental Information Association has listed the dunes as one of nine coastal sites nationwide that warrant preservation.

The only other geological parks in the nation are in Matsu and Yunlin County’s Gukeng Township. Caota Sand Dunes is a must see according to Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan.

“Everyone must visit once in their lifetime,” the mayor said.

The area would be split into three sections from a conservation management perspective, comprising a core area with fully formed dunes, a restoration section and a regular section.

Standing on the sand dunes, you can look out over Taiwan Strait while surrounded by windmills; such contrasting images in the same view are a sight to behold. Wait until sunset, when the desert is painted orange and images are carved into the sand by the wind.

Between Xucuogang and Baiyu Village, Guanyin District, Taoyuan City Taiwan

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