Moon World (Tianliao District)

There are three noted places with moonscape-type terrain in Taiwan: the Gutingkeng formation in Kaohsiung’s Tianliao, the Kenting melange in Pingtung’s Hengchun, and the Lichi melange in Taitung. Kaohsiung’s Tianliao, which is known as “Moon World,” is the most magnificent of the three. Tianliao’s Moon World has been shaped from erosion of a loose mudstone terrain. Over time, rain has crumbled the soil and gravel on the surface to create gullies of various sizes. Moreover, the high levels of salt in the soil here keep vegetation from growing, resulting in a barren landscape. Though not good for agriculture, the rugged characteristics of the badlands and the remarkable mud volcano springs have attracted tourists.