Around 15km off the coast of southern Taiwan is a tropical playground- a place of warm ocean winds, mysterious caves, vibrant marine life, and unspoiled views of the night sky. This is Xiaoliuqiu, a small speck of land in the Taiwan Strait that is home to around 13,000 people, many of them working in the fishing and tourism businesses. The coral island’s strange rocky formations, the religious customs of its people, the great snorkeling, and the relaxed pace of life attract full boatloads of visitors every year. As Taiwan’s north grows gray and damp, the winter there in the warm south makes this especially attractive time of year to visit. Today, with the help of local cultural expert and retired local schoolteacher of more than 40 years Hsu Chun-fa, we’re going to meet Xiaoliuqiu up close.