Kinmen Journals

Where's a, what's a Kinmen?

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A September 2012 trip to Kinmen by nmagann

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Quote: An island only 30 minutes off China's coast belonging to Taiwan is a world away. How history is literally a part of modern Kinmen Island. It's fairytale beginning continues today and is reminiscent of the little train that could.

Jinma Yutang Home Stay

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Hotel | "Old Home Style"

Jinma Yutang Home Stay Photo, Kinmen, Taiwan
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I had gotten a book that listed home stays all over Taiwan with four listed on Kinmen Island. Since I could not fathom where they were, my process of ranking as if I had a choice included price and check-in/check-out time. Three included breakfast which meant little to me.Why these home stays, considered guesthouses and bed and breakfast to some, appealed to me was the buildings. Structures from the 19th century constructed in traditional Southern Fujian design ranged from being previous government buildings to teach houses. Not unlike plantations and ranches, they are located in rural areas.The one I wound up at, as per my entry about finding a place, was in a small villag...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 24, 2012

Jinma Yutang Home Stay
Houhu Village
Kinmen Island, Taiwan

Civil Defense Tunnel

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Civil Defense Tunnel Photo, Kinmen, Taiwan
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Three flights below central area of Jincheng, the Civil Defense Tunnel runs underground stretching more that 1250 meters. The free tour offered every couple of hours is nearly a more of a race as the guide moves non stop and times the group at 20 minutes to reach the other end.Although the ceiling is low, about 6 feet in height, and not wide enough for walking two abreast, it is straight forward. Only a few less-than-90 degree turns from the center of town to the high school evacuation point.At the exits was a museum with a scaled model of the city. Current locations of schools and hospitals were overlaid to give a good idea of where the tunnels ran underground in relation t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2012

Civil Defense Tunnel
Jincheng Town
Kinmen Island, Taiwan

Jhaishan Tunnel

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Attraction | "Jainshan Tunnel"

Jhaishan Tunnel Photo, Kinmen, Taiwan
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Jainshan Tunnel, located on the tip of the southwest corner of Kinmen Island is really pleasurable. The path leading to the tunnel displays a variety of transport and troop ships along with other military equipment.Upon first entering the tunnel, there is a large display of photographs and articles tell the story of military preparations and usage. For those that understand Chinese, a short black and white video brings history to life.Beyond the displays continue walking along the tunnel to set of stairs where a descent just two flights is worthy of Pirates of the Caribbean comes into view. Large enough for ships, this incredible watery passage branches off into two directio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2012

Jhaishan Tunnel

Kinmen Island, Taiwan

Jinchen Walking Tour

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Jincheng offers a very nice self-guided walking tour that begins at the information center, which is conveniently located next to the bus station and entrance to the Civil Defense Tunnel. Although the map isn't in English, photos with the names of buildings are in English and the walking streets are highlighted making it easy to follow. Also next to the information center is one of many free bicycle rental facilities providing other options for sightseeing.In addition to three beautiful old Buddhist temples still in use, complete with bright lanterns and elaborate dragons climbing the lengths of the eaves, there are several old structures with historic significance.One such e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2012

Whew! A Place to Sleep.

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Kinmen Island, Taiwan Photo, Kinmen, Taiwan
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With map in hand pointing to Chinese characters meaning Wutong Pier to the taxi, I arrived at the ferry dock. Choosing a seat by a window, I realized all were too dirty to see out. A man sat down next to me and began talking in English, clearly knowing that was my native tongue. He was a businessman from Taipei who was taking the ferry from Xiamen to Kinmen in order to get a reasonable flight to Taipei.George was an affable gent I felt comfortable asking questions. I learned the Taiwanese felt as I did regarding Mao, which contradicts the sentiments in China. China is viewed as communist as well, whereas Taiwan is democratic.He told me his driver would take me to my hotel....Read More

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nmagann

nmagann
Ventura, California