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Release date :2017/04/05 17:01

JIUGONG TUNNEL

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跟著董事長遊台灣

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Lieyu Township, Little Kinmen Island is between Kimen Island and Xiamen Island. Since it is only 7 kilometers away from Xiamen Island at the closest point...

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WITNESS THE STORIES FROM WARTIME PAST.

Lieyu Township, Little Kinmen Island is between Kimen Island and Xiamen Island. Since it is only 7 kilometers away from Xiamen Island at the closest point, in past times there was always war there and this area experienced frequent bombardments as well as many terrible battles.

Kinmen Pier, Kinmen Attractions

Even though it is no longer wartime and there is no longer a lot of military on the island since the young soldiers have gone, there are still numerous special wartime attractions for the traveler to see there. The Jiugong Tunnel is one of the most spectacular wartime attractions in Jiugong.

From the Kinmen Pier take a ferry to the Little Kinmen Jiugong Pier and only walk a short distance to the entrance of the Jiugong Tunnel.  The tunnel is also called the Siwei Tunnel because it connects Jiugong and Siwei. It was built in a double J configuration and was important in the defense of the Jinlei waterway.

Old-Time Military Shipping Tunnel

This underground water tunnel that connects Loucuo on Kinmen Island with Jiugong on Little Kinmen Island is more than 50 years old having been built in 1961. Soldiers blasted through sheer granite cliffs and carried all the gravel and stone to make this water tunnel. During the wartime era this tunnel was used for the transfer of army personnel and supplies. It is no longer used for shipping but is now a tourist attraction as a wartime landmark.

Jiugong Tunnel, Kinmen Attractions
Jiugong Tunnel, Kinmen Attractions
Jiugong Tunnel, Kinmen Attractions

The Jiugong Tunnel was not the only tunnel used during wartime in this area. Another similar tunnel was the Zhaishan Tunnel in Kinmen which served the same purpose as the Jiugong tunnel. But the Jiugong Tunnel at 790 meters in length was over twice as long as the Zhaishan tunnel at 357 meters in length.  Also, the Jiugong Tunnel with a width of 15 meters and a height of 11.5 meters was twice the size of the Zhaishan Tunnel in scale. The Jiugong Tunnel had five side tunnels to piers and four exits to the sea. These days, walking in the tunnel is still cool even in the summer and you can hear the sound of the water which is very unique and enjoyable.

Inside the Jiugong Tunnel are various displays depicting the area’s wartime history and wartime experience. These displays also show how difficult it was to make this tunnel.  Outside the tunnel you can enjoy the peace of the harbor and it is quite enjoyable for a visitor to stroll on the seaside walkway.

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