Group Tour to Explore Kinmen Island

If you are looking for an unusual side of Taiwan to check out, try heading over to Kinmen Island. Exploring Kinmen feels like a step back in time with original style Fujian buildings and lots of green space. History lovers will be fascinated by the many remnants of Kinmen’s past conflict with neighbouring China. On this group tour you will visit some must-see and famed attractions like Juguang Tower, Zhaishan Tunnel, Kinmen Guesthouse and Kinmen National Park. Make sure you have two or more visas and let us know if you are allowed to travel to Taiwan without getting a visa first.

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$144

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Duration

7 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Experienced tour guide
    • Lunch
    • Ferry tickets
    • Bus transfer in Kinmen
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities(optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Zhaishan Tunnel, Jincheng Township, Jincheng Taiwan

    Meet at Xiamen Wutong Wharf and take a luxury ferry to Kinmen Shuitou Commercial Port. Upon arrival, you will visit Zhaishan Tunnel first. Walking into Zhaishan Tunnel, you can't help but feel great awe for this huge tunnel. Witness remnants of Taiwan's military history at Zhaishan Tunnel. Built to escape bombing from mainland China during the 1958-shelling of the island, the two-part 101 m (331 ft) long tunnel was the only way supplies could be transported to the defending island. Construction commenced in 1958 and was conducted 24 hours a day without skipping a day until its completion three years later. The fact that the tunnel is completely made of granite adds to the engineering masterpiece's impressive features. The water channel comfortably houses 42 small boats, thanks to its 357 m (1,171 ft) length and sits attached to the tunnel. It was abandoned in 1986 due to sediment deposition. Then head to a shopping mall which sells one of the specialty products of Kinmen called “金門一條根 Jin Men Yi Tiao Gen”, loosely translated into a kinky-sounding “A Kinmen Root.” Found in the Kinmen area, pharmaceutical books claim that the Yi Tiao Gen herb, or 阔叶大豆 (Glycine tomentella Hayata) can enhance blood circulation, build general health and is especially good for treating arthritis and body aches.

    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Stop At: Chen Shih-Yin Western-Style House, No. 44, Zhupu East Road, Jincheng 893 Taiwan

    Then you will take a stroll in the Chen Jing-lan Western-style House. This impressive mansion is the result of one Kinmen businessman's success in Singapore in the early 1900s. Its all-white exterior, fine carvings and symmetric archways are all features that give it a western rather than Chinese look. Wander inside to find out its interesting history and varied occupants. On the 2nd floor, you can read stories about and see photos of various Kinmen people who left to seek a better life.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kinmen National Park, No.460, Sec.2, Boyu Rd, Jincheng Township, Jinning 89248 Taiwan

    After that, you will head to Kinmen National Park which is the first national park in Taiwan aims for protecting the historic and cultural relics such as battlefield monuments due to its historic background. In 16th century, the Japanese pirates constantly harassed Kinmen, so the government geared up the island with fortresses and arms. Since 1949, Kinmen once again became a battlefield between Chinese Communist and Kuomintang. Battlefield relics include the Guningtou Battle Museum and the August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum. After that, you will have 2-hour free time to shop at the duty free shop.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Kinmen, Kinmen

    In the afternoon, transfer to Kinmen Guesthouse which is a tunnel hotel that penetrates through granite. It was the most famous guesthouse during the civil war. It was completed in 1980 and has been called "underground Hilton.” The guesthouse has 31 rooms in a tunnel that is 320-meter long. The original two rooms have been preserved: one once accommodated former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, whereas the other accommodated Teresa Teng several times when she was performing for the soldiers in Kinmen, Room No. 018.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Juguang Tower, 893, Kinmen County, Jincheng Township, 賢城路1號

    A trip to Kinmen wouldn't be complete without a visit to Juguang Tower, the landmark from the Chinese civil war period. Built in 1953 as a memorial for Kinmen's fallen soldiers in the Battle of Guningtou 4 years earlier, it's also a token of Kinmen's spirit. The tower's distinctive architecture combines a traditional Chinese tower on top of a contemporary base. Two small cannons at the front date from the Ming and Qing dynasties. After that, your trip will end at a shopping store which sells Gong Tang. One of Kinmen's agricultural products is peanuts, and they are the main ingredient of this popular souvenir. Gong tang literally means “tribute (to the emperor) candy”. In the Southern Fukian dialect of Chinese, “gong” means “to manually hit”, which is what is done to the peanuts in order to make the candy. It comes in various flavors and textures: plain peanuts, peanuts with coconut, peanuts with sesame, etc, crunchy and chewy. You can see the process of making Gong Tang and taste it for free. Then head to the wharf and return to Xiamen.

    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredPorts
    • Wutong Passenger Wharf
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Group Size

15

Organised by China Memory Trip

Activity ID: V-74360P50

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