24 Dec, 2013 in Itineraries, Kinmen Island

The best unexpected surprise of my travels this year was Kinmen Island. Having lived in Taiwan before Kinmen was one place I always wanted to visit but the distance from mainland Taiwan made it somewhat difficult. A fellow Tainan blogger – Hanjie – wrote a post in 2011 that inspired me to try and make […]

23 Dec, 2013 in Kinmen Island
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The number one attraction of Kinmen island and the highlight of my trip was the insane City God festival celebrated in Kinmen’s capital – Jincheng Town. I was just plain lucky, I did not plan to attend the festival but when preparations for the celebrations were everywhere and the street ghost clearing routine the night […]

20 Dec, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Jincheng Town - Kinmen Island (1)

The night before the City God festival and following the ghost clearing ceremony in Jincheng Town at Kinmen Island, I did a short walking tour around Jincheng. Though it was night time, many of the historical attractions and the local temples were open so I just wondered in to have a look. Jincheng is a […]

15 Dec, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Jyuguang Tower - Jincheng - Kinmen (2)

There are a few things to do down south from Jincheng Town in Kinmen island. You can stay an overnight in an old Fujianese style house at Oucuo (e.g. Piano Piano) or visit some of the underground war tunnels of Zhaishan. But, more genreally, just riding around the south western part of the island you’ll […]

14 Dec, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Jhaishan Tunnels - Kinmen Island (6)

All over Kinmen island are museums and memorials for the cold war between the Chinese and the Taiwanese/Nationalists, but some of those little museums are pretty cool. Take Jhaishan Tunnels, for example, at the southwestern corner of the island, not too far away from Jincheng Town. I made my way down there on a motorcycle […]

27 Nov, 2013 in Kinmen Island
OuCuo & Pianopiano - Kinmen Island (13)

Oucuo is a traditional settlement of the Ouyang family, who came from Quanzhou during the Ming Dynasty over 400 years ago. The village was originally intended to defend the island from the sea invaders to the southern China coast. I arrived in Ou Cuo at sunset after a long day of riding a motorcycle around […]

20 Nov, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Ci Hu Lake - Kinmen (5)

Venturing out of Jincheng town in Kinmen on a motorcycle for a cross-island ride, the first stop along the way was near Cihu (Ci lake), in the northwestern part of the main Jinmen Island. The main story about Kinmen is definitely the cold war between mainland China and Taiwan, as Kinmen served as an isolated […]

5 Nov, 2013 in Kinmen Island
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Though Kinmen is a gorgeous little Taiwanese island, it’s mostly known for the cold war between Taiwan and China back in the days where the Communists and the Nationalists were planning to overtake one another. It’s a bit odd really, that Kinmen is so close to mainland China and so far away from Taiwan across […]

20 Sep, 2013 in Kinmen Island
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While riding around Kinmen Island on my way to visit the wonderful Shanhou Folk Culture Village and see some old Fujianese architecture, I came across yet another army museum. Situated in the northeast part of Kinmen Island is the Lion Mountain featuring a park and museum dedicated to an underground howitzer base (獅山炮陳地).   …

9 Sep, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Jincheng ghost clearing - Kinmen (21)

On my recent visit to the Taiwanese Jinmen island I had a very unexpected surprise. The annual City God birthday festival was taking place in the island that week  and festivities were grander than ever. The night before the celebrations in Jincheng Town I was surprised to find that the festivities actually begin a day […]

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