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 example is the former command headquarters of Quemoy not serving as a museum. This single story, modest compound houses a variety of historic items as well as typical home furnishings. Buildings form a square with a huge foyer in the center. Here, large trees with hanging roots provided a peaceful respite in difficult times. Furnishing of bedrooms and living rooms filled some of the rooms while others displayed weapons, uniforms, maps and old photographs.
Completely opposite to this site on the tour is Qui Liang-gung’s Mother’s Chastity Arch, which serves as a memorial to the widow that lived for 28 years without remarrying while her husband served. The wonderful stone arch dates back to 1812.
Yet another highlight is even more unique. Mofan Street appears to be the model of a perfectly design street infusing Japanese style architecture on one side of the street and Fujian style on the others. All the structures are the same height as the one next to it and constructed of evenly colored red brick. Beautifully clean streets and walkways with well-preserved exteriors do appear to be an example of the ideal street.
More unusual features from octagon-shaped buildings to shutter doors and Romanesque columns can be seen along the route. The hour-long trek covers plenty of styles and periods.