Chuhuo’s natural flame

Not far past Hengchun’s East Gate was Chuhuo Natural Fire. I walked the half kilometre, then down wooden steps to a tree lined path that ended at a circular barrier.

Chuhuo, Hengchun

The barren site had cracks that formed in the mudstone where natural gases seeped out. In the rainy season, these cracks filled. While I was there at the best time of year to view this unique phenomenon, there was no more than a twenty centimetre flame wavering in the wind. 

The experience might have been better had I visited at night.