Little Liuqiu, Taiwan coral island teeming with turtles, temples and fantastical banyan trees

It’s the fourth day of the fifth lunar month and dragon boats are being readied alongside the jade waters of Donggang River, in Pingtung County, southwest Taiwan. Tents have been erected to shade spectators from the sun while a fair in a nearby park is preparing for days of festivities.“Want a balloon, foreign friend?” asks a sun-bronzed vendor. “Bendi xia hao chi,” suggests a smiling cook, waving barbecued shrimp in my direction.Firecrackers explode outside the 300-year-old Dong Long Temple, a…

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