Thursday, 26 June 2014

#68 - Guishan Island (Turtle Mountain Island), Yilan

Postcard : Guishan Island, Taiwan (ROC)
Sent : 24 April 2014 (from Taiwan)
Received : 13 May 2014
Distance : 3,478 km (2,161 miles)
Travelling : 19 days

Guishan Island or Steep Island or Turtle Island also known as Kueishan Island, is an island in the Pacific Ocean currently administered under Toucheng Township, Yilan County, TAIWAN and located 9.1 km (5.7 mi) east of port of Gengfang Fishery Harbor. The island is the top of an andesite stratovolcano which rises from the seafloor. It is the only active volcano in Taiwan, displaying active fumaroles and solfataras. It has an area of 2.841 square kilometres (1.097 sq mi), and the highest point reaches 401 m (1,316 ft) above sea level.
Yilan County is a county in Northeastern Taiwan. Its name comes from the aboriginal Kavalan tribe. Yilan is officially administered as a county of Taiwan. The county's official name was Ilan before 2009. During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, Yilan County was administered under Taihoku Prefecture. After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China in 1945, Yilan County was established on 16 August 1950 as a county of Taiwan Province. Yilan County is divided into 1 city, 3 urban townships and 8 rural townships. Yilan City is the seat of the county and houses the Yilan County Government and Yilan County Council.

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