Kinmen Island

Kinmen Island, Jinhu: Address, Phone Number, Kinmen Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Kinmen Island
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,923 contributions
Guns remain silent on traditional island
Jan 2021
In 1958, China attempted to invade Kinmen which was then known as Quemoy. The invasion almost sparked World War III. The invaders were repulsed by the Taiwan forces, led by President Chiang Kai-shek. Kinmen is 10 km (6 miles) from Shamen, on the Chinese mainland. You can hire a telescope; you can clearly see people moving around on the mainland. Kinmen is a small island, around 150 square kms. Kinmen is a traditional Chinese society, there is a lot to see, despite its small size
Written January 23, 2021
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Singapore, Singapore2,740 contributions
A Visit to My Granny's Hometown
May 2019 • Couples
Kinmen is a small and beautiful island full of friendly people and heritage sites. You will find lion guardian statue in many parts of the island, they are like moais in Easter Island. Most attractions in Kinmen are not indicated in TripAdvisor and most English guidebooks. We suggest you spend about 5 days in this island to fully appreciate its peace, tranquility and hospitality. You can also take a ferry from the main island (Kinmen) to small Kinmen island for a short half day Island trip. There is also a 5 star hotel with cinema at the central. If you want to experience old town, take a trip to Mo Fan Street for its old shops and vibrant food stalls. You must try its seafood and gaoliang wine as well! In the morning, I always love to have soya bean curd and fried fritters for breakfast.

The island is filled with lots of friendly seniors. Love to visit this island again!
Written November 28, 2019
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Birmingham, AL49 contributions
Maestro Wu’s workshop and Cihu
Sep 2019
The island is mostly rural but is full or history. It might not be for everyone but if you are a history buff or just want to relax and get away from it all I suggest you go. I was there for 2 1/2 days and enjoyed it very much. Major Wu’s workshop was a must. Mr Wu gave us the history behind all his artillary shells and began to make one of his knives for our honored guest. It was amazing to watch this master for, something beautiful from part of an artillary shell that the Chinese bombed them with. Our group was then given a pocket knife each with our name etched on it.
Cihu was a beach with old fortifications to keep the Chinese from landing their boats and in the background was a skyline of a city in China. It gave you pause to think.
Written October 6, 2019
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Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
Dec 2018
Kinmen is a very unique island, full of historical memory, beautiful parks and beaches, visit almost every two years
Written May 30, 2019
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Honolulu, HI29 contributions
Very ironic
Jan 2019 • Couples
Kinmen is very readily accessible from Hong Kong. I boarded the Speed Train at Kowloon station, got off at Xiamen three and half hours later, then boarded the ferry to Kinmen which departed twice every hour.

Though it is only 20 minutes from Xiamen (both are in fact islands off the coast of southern Fujian), they are way different. For example:
(1) At almost every street corner of Kinmen, you see the temple of Sea Goddess (Mazu). But in Xiamen it is relatively rare.
(2) In Kinmen, there is no admission fee at every scenic spot. In Xiamen, at every scenic spot there is admission fee.
(3) In Kinmen, the descendants of the successful businessman who built the Cultural Folk Village still kept ownership of the premises. In Gulangyu (another small island off the coast administered by PRC), all those beautiful villa built by the overseas Chinese businessmen are owned by the State.
Written February 27, 2019
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Okemos, MI22 contributions
Fuming over disabled K-Bike rental system
Jan 2019 • Solo
As of January '19, the K-Bike rental network is down, the bikes are imprisoned in the stations and even those standing alone at an exit from one of the tunnels cannot be rented for reasons that I do not comprehend. There are no other options for renting bicycles that I could identify. Your only environmentally friendly option is to rent an electric scooter. I have not encountered a single person at any information center, who can put together a single sentence in English. I tried to go on some nature/forest walk/hiking trail, but found all the centers that seemed tied to the National Park service closed or under repairs, with no single person there to assist tourist and no information that could be read even with a phone translator, to assist in the task. The island has some charm, but it is not tourist friendly unless you possibly stay within a narrow range of activities and speak Chinese.
Written January 8, 2019
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Sydney, Australia43 contributions
Small island off Taiwan with lots of Chinese heritage
Oct 2018
Kinmen island off Taiwan is readily accessible. Flying time is about 1 hour. Touring Kinmen is best done by hiring a car which is quite cheap. There are three types of sights that can be seen:
1. Chinese heritage. There are many villages containing homes which have been renovated and preserved. Some of these date back hundreds of years. What's more, the residents of each of these villages carry the same surname/last name; ie all related in times gone by!
2. The streets and markets. Some of the streets have monuments dating back to the Qing Dynasty and beyond; and the markets display foods in the really old fashioned is easy to imagine what the old, old Chinese stalls might have looked like. Do not forget to visit the Chinese liquor factory: Gaoliang which is the best in Taiwan and indeed in all of China. It is a sorghum based liquor.
3. The tunnels of past conflicts with China. There are a series of tunnels which are now open to the public to display the past conflicts with China which is a stone's throw.
An island well worth a visit .......
Written November 17, 2018
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Minnesota12 contributions
Peaceful Visit to Quiet Island
Oct 2018 • Family
Delightful places to visit all over Kinmen Island. It may not be a "destination location" like Paris or Hong Kong, but a restful and quiet place to explore and meet very friendly people. Rent an electronic scooter and explore at your own pace.

Nice B&B establishments located in old cultural villages.
Written October 17, 2018
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Thomas M
Marysville, OH154 contributions
Fantastic day trip from Xiamen to Knmen via “Xiamen Arport Coast Co., Ltd.” ferry service
Sep 2018
Kinmen is an easy, fun and highly recommended half-hour ferry ride from Xiamen. Whether your interest lies in appreciating Kinmen island’s storied history, military museums, battle exhibits, natural wetlands, sweeping seaside vistas, the cultural contributions of wealthy expats, traditional architecture, military brothel museum, or simply the amazing food and drink—there is something for most everyone to enjoy. Regardless of your language skills, consider seeking out the kind, English-speaking agent at the Information/Welcome booth for help planning your excursion to maximize your efficiency on the island. The agent helped me secure a taxi willing to play tour guide. I was given a great map of the island and we circled it and stopped virtually everwhere with a tourist marker (easily a dozen+ sites). The driver agreed to a flat hourly rate ($400NT) and we established a set time frame to “see what we could see”. (As a hustling solo traveler, I was delightfully whisked by my driver over the whole island and got to view exhibits (including military bunkers, anti-aircraft batteries, and even secret naval tunnels), taste Kinmen’s famed Kaoliang liquor at the seriously sweet-scented factory, walk old storied streets, see buildings damaged by mortar shells, and tour all the city’s prominent temples and still return to the ferry in just 5 incredible hours). Phenomenal place. Great time (I totally should have stayed longer). My kicks were nearly on fire by the end, but the only item on the Kinmen tourist map I believe I “missed” was the statue of Koxinga (and I did see his back from the beach, but to truly see [him] up close one visit during the day’s low-tide and I had not planned sufficiently well for that consideration. (Do look up the tides if interested, or ask at information upon arrival, as the statue is impressive and one can allegedly walk (a la Mont-St-Michel) from the beach out to his promontory when the tide is out). *Notes: the ferry co. requires local currency to purchase each directional ticket, each ticket is time specific, each agent sells only the time posted above their booth, once aboard; food and beverage concessions can be purchased on the boat with either currency. Albeit short, this journey is still international and entails security screening and immigration forms both to/from so be sure to bring your passport, make sure you have re-entry permission via your Chinese/Taiwan Visas as required, and do allow youself a few extra minutes for the various short, quick lines, and to run your bags through multiple x-ray machines (*simply follow the lead of all the folks in front if you dont read/speak Chinese).
Written October 14, 2018
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Milan, Italy87 contributions
Must to visit
Sep 2018 • Couples
Great island with a lot of history and traditional Chinese houses. Worth to visit over weekend if you are in Taiwan.
Written September 2, 2018
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