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Kenting best spot in Taiwan to view first sunrise of 2024

12/27/2023 11:56 AM
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The first rays of sunlight of 2017 shine through clouds in Kenting. File photo courtesy of Pingtung County Government
The first rays of sunlight of 2017 shine through clouds in Kenting. File photo courtesy of Pingtung County Government

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) The first rays of sunlight to appear in Taiwan in 2024 will be seen in Kenting on the island's southern tip, while the last sunset of 2023 will be seen at Qigu lagoon on the coast of Tainan, according to the Central Weather Administration (CWA).

The first sunrise of 2024 in the country will occur at 6:32:32 a.m. on New Year's Day on Orchid Island off the coast of Taitung County, while the first sunrise on the island of Taiwan will occur in the Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve at 6:35:02 a.m., the CWA forecast.

The New Year's Day sunrise on Keelung Islet can be best seen from along the Tiaoshi (跳石) coast in New Taipei's Jinshan District, while Waiao Beach in Yilan County's Toucheng Township is the best location to see the sunrise over Turtle Island (Gueishan Island).

The sunrise over Taitung County's Green Island can be seen in the Jialulan (加路蘭) area of Taitung just north of Fugang Fishing Harbor, while the best location to see the sunrise over Orchid Island will be Dawu Coast Park.

The year's last sunset on Taiwan proper will be at 5:24:49 p.m. in the Qigu lagoon, and the last sunset on Taiwan's outlying islands will come at 5:29:16 p.m. on Lieyu Island in Kinmen County, just off China's southeastern coast, according to the CWA data,

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and Evelyn Kao)

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