Hot Air Balloon in Tianliao Moon World – Jurassic Park in Kaohsiung

by boodingwang

Tianliao Moon World is famous for its barren land. Since plants are difficult to grow there, the landscape looks like the surface of moon. That’s why people called it the Moon World. However, comparing to the Moon World, I think it looks more like the scene in Jurassic Park. Feeling that dinosaurs will come out at any time. Recently, there is even a hot air balloon event held in Tianliao Moon World, which seems to be somewhat similar to Turkish Cappadoica. Follow Go Taiwan Lab‘s steps, let us take you to the moon!

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Travel Information


Nat’l Hwy 3 β†’ Exit at the Tianliao Interchange β†’ Prov. Hwy 28

Google Maps search “Moon World Landscape Park”, there is a parking lot right in front of the tourist center.


Take THSR to Tainan Station, transfer Kaohsiung City Bus 8042 to Moon World stop.

According to Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the queer terrain of Tianliao Moon World is officially called “badlands” in geography an adverse landscape caused by the strong erosion of rain and streams over the years due to “rejuvenation” of the earth’s crust. Many people should have seen the badlands on both sides when driving through the Tianliao section of the highway. However, because of the lack of management, Tianliao Moon World was just a place that people knew about but did not want to visit. It was not until the government set up a tourist center and trails recently that it gradually became a popular attraction.

Tourist Center

Tianliao Moon World Tourist Center

You will see a parking lot right in front of this tourist center. After parking the car, it’s a good choice to walk around the building. There are a few venders selling local fruits, vegetables, ice cream, and tea eggs. A farmer’s association supermarket is on the second floor. Don’t forget to buy some souvenirs when you return.

If you understand Chinese and are interested in a guided tour, you can also sign up for a tour at the information center. The most important is that remember to go to the toilet before starting your hiking!

Tianliao Moon World All Area Map

As you can see on the map above, Tianliao Moon World’s trails are connected. You can choose which way you want to take first. The route starting from Jade Pool is the most popular and the one we recommend today.

Jade Pool

When you see these goat trees, it means you are on the right way to the Jade Pool. Jade Pool is the first and the most famous photo taking point in Tianliao Moon World. Here you can take a panoramic photo of the Moon World, including the barren mountains and the vast lake. If you are lucky enough, you can even take a mirror reflection of the mountains in the lake in good weather.

After taking a good photo at the starting point, you need to decide which road around the Jade Pool you are going to walk. The left road in the photo below has many trees on both sides of the road. You can walk in the shadow, it is less hot. The other road on the right side is next to the mountain, which is better to take photos.

There are several explanation boards along the way. If you are interested, you can stop and have a look.

Badland Trail

There is an open space at the end of the Jade Pool. When you face it, you need to take the road on the right hand side. Then you are walking on the Badland Trail.

You will soon see this small rest area (picture above) on your right. Don’t forget to take an insta-worthy photo here!

Keep walking, you have to climb up this steep slope.

After climbing up, you will see many banana trees. Just keep going straight. You are almost there!

Unfortunately, the most amazing trail is closed now. There are rumors that it will not open in a short time. How come???

Sky Stairway

The Moon Pool is just on the top of this 156 steps of the staircase. You should not give up here.

Here you are, what a chill atmosphere! You can even take photos overlooking the Moon World from a corner of the moon pool.

Trail For Moon Landing

If you choose the same route as me, after Moon Pool is on the returning way. Just keep going downhill. However, for others who choose the opposite route, it is just the start of their journey. They have to climb all the way up to the Moon Pool, that is why they called it Trail For Moon Landing.

My personal advice is that if you hate climbing stairs, take the Trail For Moon Landing first. If you would like to take photos before you sweat, then follow my route.

On the way back to the tourist center, you will pass by Crescent Observation Deck and Moon Park. You can also take some photos here before finishing today’s hiking.

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More Photos Taken in Tianliao Moon World

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