Chin-men Travel Guide

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    Main Street in Shanwai
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    Internet Cafe
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Chin-men Things to Do

  • Internet Cafe a place for a day...

    For most of soldiers in Kinmen, they (we) like to waste our time in Internet Cafe since they have nothing much to do. This one is our fave, you can always find someone from my unit. The pirce here perfectly suits to soldiers' holiday, from Monday to Saturday, the price is about NT20~35, on Sundays you have to pay at least 40.

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  • Living & Shopping

    Basically the town is exsited for soldiers. In the place, you can see the a lot of soldiers walking around; most of soldiers in Kinmen are from Taiwan, therefore, they come to Shanwai to shop for their daily equipment. On Sundays, it's the only time soldiers are on leave in Kinmen, during the period, you can ADMIRE how many of us are here in...

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Chin-men Transportation

  • Air way is the best...

    There are few ways to arrive Kinmen...1. Fly from Taiwan...there are many domestic flights flying between Taiwan and Kinmen. Price are about NTD4,000. (round trip, USD 120+)2. Take a ship...I think only those who live in Kinmen are allowed to take free government ship; otherwise, it takes about 20 hours to arrive from Kaohsiang.3. From Xiamen,...

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  • Buses are cheap!!

    The easiest way to move around in Kinmen is to take a bus, if you take from Shanwai, largest town in the east, to Jingcheng, in the west, it only cost you NT20; if you are a local, you don't need to pay anything for any public transportation. Kinmen is one of the richest county in Taiwan because of lucrative Kaoliang Wine. Now they introduce...

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Chin-men Shopping

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    by THLIN Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This shop is welcomed by the local Kinmenese. Their flavour is more traditional while still taste good. Unlike some of not-so-nice company, their peanut-made candy is soft and not sticky. You can enjoy the feeling of something melting in your mouth. The pack I was holding on my hand is green tea, their newest flavour; to be honest, I don't like green tea as a candiment, but their greentea candy is perfect, I bought many packs last time when I went home. Their other hits are Rou-song(pork), zhu-jiao(pork hoop, it looks like pork hoop not made from pork hoop), and ginger flavoured.

    What to buy: They sell not only candy but also wine, noodles, beef jerky and other local dishes. In my opinion, just buy candy in a candy shop since they are good at it. If you are lazy shopping around, then basically you can buy anything local here. They also provide home-dilevery between Taiwan and Kinmen, you can pay when stuffs reach home.

    What to pay: Credit card, and cashes.

    me and little Hu

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Chin-men Warnings and Dangers

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    by THLIN Written Aug 21, 2007

    Due to the reason that it was our frontier, there were many casualties from late 1950s to 1960s. The most famous battle between Kinmen and Xiamen is 23rd August 1958. I've heard a lot about this kind of stories before I was recruited, and if you ever have a chance to visit here during the Ghost Month (Lunar July), PLEASE don't go certain places where the battle took place. A lot of Kinmenese has warned me about this also. My personal experience? Luckily I didn't encounter anything unexplainable, but I did feel bizarre quite a few times when I worked overtime in a tunnel. Well, it is my opinion to respect "them" instead of ignoring everything.

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Chin-men Tourist Traps

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    by THLIN Written Dec 29, 2006

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    Since Sundays are holidays for soldiers in Kinmen, everything become more expensive than it should be on Sundays. iN kinmen, local shop owners saperate prices into three different parts: local, tourists and soldiers. Needless to say, those for soldiers are very uncheap, especially Internet Cafe.
    Make sure you DON'T go such places on Sundays...

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Chin-men Off The Beaten Path

  • Mr. Yu Ta-wei Museum

    Dr. Yu Ta-wei is one of the most intellgent person through out recent Chinese history. He grew up in a tradtional Chinese family, however he received modern Western education after he left China. Thanks to this genius, we kept Kinmen after severe bomb attack from China. This may not mean a lot to foreign visitor, but as a local, I salute him for...

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  • Kinmen Folk Culture Village

    This place was built by oversea Chinese Wang Kuo-jen, who was a successful business man. After earning a lot, he returened to his homeland and built this village for his people. This houses here are geniune southern Fu-jiang archtecture. From these building, you can explore the art and intellgence of Chinese people. Windows with odd holes is for...

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  • Ambling in the Street

    There are many villeges in this island. Unlike its counterparts in Taiwan, these villege look more exotic to us since it's southern Fujian style.The most significant feature is its swallow-tailed shaping, while some are shaped like a box. If you ever have time visiting here, I strongly recommend you to walk inside.

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Chin-men Favorites

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    by THLIN Written Dec 29, 2006

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    Favorite thing: To my great surprise, I saw some very old-time things in Kingcheng (Jincheng), like you can use a coke can to swap caramal cookies with a street vendor. I really could not believe that, because I read such "trade" on book describing early 20th century. Or you can see a herbalist shop established in 189X, every shelf in shop looks very ancient. (Yah, you can see this in Taipei but much more commercialised)

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