Hengchun is located within the Kenting National Park and is the gateway to the tropical beach resorts and night markets of downtown Kenting, therefore it is also one of the most well known tourist towns in Taiwan, best known as “Hengchun Old Town” (恆春古城). The “Hengchun Old Town” is one of the best-preserved historical towns in Taiwan. The city itself was once completely surrounded by a city wall; now about half of the wall remains intact, as well as the four city gates. It was built during the 1st year of GuangXu’s reign of the Qing dynasty in 1875 and completed in 1879.
There is no shortage of places to eat in Hengchun. Street vendors on every corner selling snacks and literally hundreds of restaurants within a short 5-10 min walk from Waverider House. Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai cuisine, you can find it all. There is also a number of restaurants selling western food, including 711 and a new McDonalds.
Every Sunday night is the Hengchun Night Market. Unlike the touristy Kenting Street Night Market, this is where you will find more traditional Taiwanese foods and snacks, a perfect place to buy souvenirs to take back with you.