Tour Suggestions

¡@Situated on the edge of mainland and surrounded by sea on all sides makes a small island ecosystem to Kinmen. With the characteristics of cold in winter, fogy in spring, small streams with strong evaporation, many artificial lakes or reservoirs been built to preserve waters and therefore provides the best habitat and food source for living creatures. Although the long term development makes larger wildlife resources rarely seen in Kinmen, there is still the existence of the conservation species of Otter, and the bird resource is quite abundant. The development of Kinmen can be traced back to to Eastern Qin Dynasty, the humanity resources of Kinmen is abundant; and experiencing the protective battles for the peace of pedestal sea , many precious battle historical sites were also left behind.

¡@The Cabinet-Level National Council for Sustainable Development defined an ecotour as in "Ecoturism White Paper" at the end of 2003: "A tour form carry out in the natural region, emphasize the idea of ecosystem conservation, and take sustainable development as a final target".

¡@Under the premise that the conservation and the developments are equally important, we should keep the idea of respecting the nature and respecting the residences in mind, experiencing the utmost beauty of the natures, and understanding the importance of ecosystem. We should see in a more responsible attitude and feedback to protect the ecosystem and culture resources, and furthermore to keep balance on the Tourism, Conservation and Local Developments to all-win situation.

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Ci Lake

Ci Lake is the best place for winter birds in Kinmen, every year thousands of cormorants spending their winter here. It provides the best opportunity to appreciate the magnificent view of cormorant gatherings. In the transitional seasons of springs and autumns also attract numerous waterfowls, Scolopacidae,Charadriidae Laridae and Ardeidae are the most. The broad tidal interval outside Ci Causeway is also an attraction for the waterfowls looking intensively for food sources.

Guningtou Battle Museum

The history of Guningtou battle was recorded and introduced with the exhibition of 12 huge oil paintings in the museum together with the demonstration of war appliances and photographs. Here you may watch the main weapon of "The Bear of Kinmen", and the precious 13-minute multimedia film of "Guningtou Battle" for the military processes.

Beishan Residency

Beishan Residency is with abundant humanities and battlefield resources. The Zhenwei Residence is the old residency of Commander Li Guang-xien of Qing dynasty, now recognized as the 3rd class national historical relics. The Shuiwei Pagoda with the dragon design on top stands for the images of gathering fortune and ward off evil spirits from waterways in Chinese geomancy, now a county recognized historical site. The bullet-ridden Beishan Old Western Style House was once the defending spot against the communist China. The Guningtou Arch in Lincuo was also an important site of the Guningtou battle.

Shuitou Residency

Located by the pier, the social scales are more complicated here with the look of multiple clans. The saying "Even you have the fortunes of Shuitou, you may not at the same time have the houses of Shuitou" describes the beauty of the architectures in Shuitou. The famous 18 beams to the remaining nine traditional houses with two stages mansions of Qianglung Reign, Qing dynasty; the Western Style Houses in the suburban built in late Qing dynasty to early R.O.C.; and the defensive Deyue Tower are all well preserved in Shuitou Residency. The one and only architecture with the design of gardens and ponds of Huang Family Youtang Villa is recognized as the National historical site. Within the residency, many old style and western style historical houses could also be visited.

Zhaishan Tunnel

To meet the war preparedness, the Zhaishan tunnel was constructed in 1961. The work of the digging was skillful and took 5 years for the completion. The tunnel is 357 meters in length with the preparedness waterway in A matrix. Inside the tunnel are equipped with docks and stops for small boats carrying the transportation and supplements.

Jincheng

Jincheng is the most prosperous area in Kinmen where the county government and the administration center of Jincheng Township are located. Jincheng, formerly called Houpu, has been the most important center of political, economy, military and culture for the last 300 years. Except for the enjoyment of delicacies and specialties shopping in Jincheng old streets, you may as well visit the Qiu Lianggong Mother Chastity Arch; the Troops Headquarters; the Wujiang Academy; the modesty Model Street; the Civil Defense tunnel; and JuGuang Lake, etc. It is worth for arranging a slow and nostalgic visit here.

Qionglin Residency

In the ancient civil service examinations days, the literary atmosphere is prevailing in Wuzhou Island (the ancient Kinmen), and Qionglin is the leading among them. Situated in the central part of Kinmen with the main clan of Cai Family¡¦s 5 major neighboring units, the structures in the residency remain the same as the middle of Ming dynasty. The architectures within are well preserved with the style of one stage mansion with two or four sided rooms and two stages mansions, forming a most scaled ¡§Natural Village¡¨ in Kinmen. The ¡§Seven Ancestral Temples and Eight Ancestral Shrines¡¨ in Qionglin are now recognized the second-class national historical relics. The Wind Lion God inlaid in the wall is also a scenic spot you would not want to miss. You may as well enter the Qionglin underground tunnel to experience the differences with other spacious military tunnel.

Taiwu Mountain

Taiwu Mountain is the highest peak in Kinmen with the consisting of clear joints of granite and gneiss in geology. In the district, you can observe the plants, butterflies, and birds in the surrounding forests and bushes. The peak on the mountains is a good spot for watching eagles. You may also arrange a remembering tour and visit the Haiin Temple in Shimen Gate, the Wan Shi Dian Tou Inscription, Taiwu cemetery, Wu Wang Zai Ju Inscription, etc.

Shanwai

Shanwai is where the administration center of Jinhu Township, and many government offices, schools, and the Kinmen General Hospital are all located in this area. Many shops and small food stands are everywhere and a modernization area in the southeastern part of Kinmen. If you want trying some delicacies of Kinmen flavor and buying local specialties, Shanwai can not be missed.

August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum

A place to review the history of August 23rd Artillery Battle and look back to the important members as Ji Xin-wen, Jao Jia-xian, Chang Jie-Zheng, and Yu Da-wei, the Minister of National Defense, etc. The emulation theater makes personal experience-like artillery scene for visitors and following with the model demonstrations also helps to learn the changes and histories between the cross-straits. The nearby Yu Da-wei Memorial and the Tai Lake with wider water are also worth for your visit.

Shanhou Residency

The well-known Shanhou Folk Culture Village is specifically meant for the Zhongbao Residency. Situated in the northeastern part of Kinmen with the main clan of Wang, the Shanhou Residency is a village mostly consisted by overseas natives in late Qing dynasty. The famous Zhongbao 18 Residences of two stages mansion style were constructed since 1876, second year of Guang-Xu reign of Qing dynasty, and completed in 25 years of time. The residencey of Shanhou is in an overlooking view in Chinese geomancy. The layouts are coherent and delicate, and the sculptures of the mansion are skillful and worth for a deep appreciation to the fine decoration arts.

Jinsha Reservoir

Consisted of a huge water area from Jinsha River, Jinsha Reservoir to Tiendun Fishery, Jinsha Reservoir is one of the winter habitats for Anatidae. The Tiendun Causeway and the surrounding fisheries are the winter habitats for Anatidae and Scolopacidae. The best timing in this area for bird watching is from autumn to next spring, before rising tides and after falling tides.

Mashan Observation Post

This is the nearest place from Kinmen to Mainland China. The Mashan Observation Post was built in a concealing tunnel alongside small hills by the seashore. The Mashan Observation Post is equipped with big magnification telescopes, and through the telescopes, the grand view of Mainland China is almost by sight. Next to is the former Mashan Broadcasting for placing psychological strategies to the people cross-strait, and the famous singer Miss Teresa Teng was once doing her broadcasting here toward Mainland China. Going down to the south, around the circle of Guan-ao is the inscription of Mashan Brave.

Shamei

Shamei is where the administration center of Jinsha Township, and in addition to the government offices and schools, the scenery of old streets are still well preserved. It was once the playground and the livelihood supplies for many soldiers, residents and students. Nowadays, you may as well appreciate the local delicacies; visit historical architectures of old style or western Style; look for the petite Wind Lion God, and enjoy the warm welcoming of the residents.

Shuitou Pier

Shuitou Pier is situated in Shuitou village in Jinchen Township facing the Jinlie waterway and a key access between Kinmen proper and Little Kinmen. Formerly a fishing port, the traveler¡¦s service center of Shuitou Pier was built after July. 2002. After the open of Mini-Three Link, Shuitou Pier is expanded as the busiest pier for travelers in Kinmen. To Jiugong Dock: 7:00-19:00, every 30 minutes for a vessel; Last Vessel: 21:00.

Jiugong Tunnel

The Jiugong Tunnel is with the design of double T waterway, 790 meters long, including 4 exits to the sea, 5 docks for transportations and supplements, and is more than twice to the Zhaishan Tunnel.

The Hujingtou Battle Museum

The battlefield related documentation and history records of Lieyu were archived in this museum, and the mounting of high magnification telescopes give a distance view for the coastal scenery of Mainland China. The northen Maogongshi coastline in Putou is a special tourist spot with red beehive-like rocks.

Lingshui Lake

Consisted of the Xi Lake in Zhungdun, Lingshui Lake in Shangku, and Qingyuan Lake in Qingqi and the interval fishery farms, the Lingshui Lake area forms a habitat for Anatidae and Black Coot, and the mudflats by the shore are the habitats for the Scolopacidae. The mornings and the evenings in winters and in springs are better timings for bird watching. By the time of sunset, the scenery of shinning reflection even get reputation as ¡¨Golden Waves upon Lingshui¡¨.

Jiugong Dock

The Jiugong Dock is another gateway through Kimen proper and Little Kinmen, as Shuitou Pier. Jiugong Dock was reconstructed for a new waiting area since July to October in 1974. The original dock was moved forward 50 meters to minimize the tide influences to the natives and the soldiers traveling throughout the Kinmen proper. To Shuitou Pier: 7:00-18:30, every 30 minutes for a vessel; Last Vessel: 20:30.

Gugang Lake

A rare natural lake in Kinmen area, surrounded by forest and park with low hills in the suburbs, is an attraction and habitat for waterfowls and land birds all year round. The Gugang Tower is also a good site for distance views and bird watching without disturbances. The nearby Zhushan Residency, the nostalgic Jinmen Gate and the Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc. to the south are also worth paying a visit.
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
9:00
Jinsha Reservoir Area
10:30 Heading to Mashan Observation Post
10:40
Mashan Observation Post
11:20 Heading to Shanhou Residency
11:30
Shanhou Residency
12:20 Heading to Shamei
12:30
Kinmen Flavor Delicacies in Shamei, Strolling Shamei Old Streets
15:00 Heading to August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum
15:20
August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum
16:50 Heading to Shanwai
17:00
Kinmen Flavor Delicacies in Shanwai
19:30 Heading to Qionglin Residency for Accommodation
8:00 Kinmen Flavor Breakfast
8:30
Qionglin Residency
9:30 Heading to Taiwu Mountain District
9:50
Taiwu Mountain Trail
11:50 Heading to Shanwai
12:10
Kinmen Flavor Delicacies in Shanwai
13:00 Heading to Shuitou Pier
13:20
Vessel to Lieyu Township
14:00
Jiugong Tunnel
15:40 Heading to Hujingtou Battle Museum
15:50
Hujingtou Battle Museum
16:30
Lingshui Lake
17:30 Heading to Jiugong Dock
17:50
Vessel to Shuitou Pier
18:30 Heading to Jincheng Township
18:50
Kinmen Flavor Delicacies, Strolling Jincheng Old Streets
20:30 Heading to Shuitou Residency for Accommodation
8:00 Kinmen Flavor Breakfast
8:30
Shuitou Residency
9:30 Heading to Ci Lake
9:50
Ci Lake
11:00 Heading to Guningtou Battle Museum
11:10
Guningtou Battle Museum
11:40 Heading to Beishan Residency
11:50 Heading to Beishan Residency
12:50
Beishan Residency
13:50 Heading to Jincheng Township
14:10
Strolling Jincheng Old Streets & Visiting Historical Relics
15:00 Heading to Zhaishan Tunnel
15:20
Zhaishan Tunnel
16:00
Gugang Lake
17:00 Sweet Home