Jingcheng Township — Historic Monument Route
Appreciate the historic monuments through slow-traveling in Jincheng
Jincheng is a well-known historical town. This route features traditional villages and historic monuments. It starts from Juguang Tower and stops by prominent traditional villages including Kinmen City, Shuitou, Zhushan and Ou Village. The route also leads way to national monuments including Wentai Pagoda, Zhaishan Tunnel and Marquis of Horse Pasturage Shrine in Mount Fenglien. This cycling route is highly recommended to travelers who are especially interested in history, culture and traditional architectures.
Juguang Tower → Yen Ping Chun Wang Temple → Chianshuitou → *Maoshan Pagoda → *Kinmen City → Wentai Pagoda → *Gugang Lake → *Zhaishan Tunnel → Zhushan → Ou Village → Marquis of Horse Pasturage Shrine in Mount Fenglien → Jincheng Station
The * sign indicates a branch route.
K Bike stations: A1 Jincheng Station A, A1 Jincheng Station B, A4 Juguang Tower, A7 Zhaishan Tunnel, A8 Zhushan Village
It is a three-level building constructed based on the model of traditional Chinese Qilin architecture. In addition to general tourism information, Juguang Tower also offers a multimedia display on Kinmen's history, tourism, natural ecosystem and the relics of General Hu Lien, an indispensable contributor to Kinmen's development. Telescopes are equipped on the top floor offering an explicit view across the strait. Two cannons situated in front of the tower amidst lavish greeneries are relics that date back to Ming and Qing dynasty.
Yen Ping Chun Wang Temple
The traditional court-style architecture features a two-meter high statue of Zheng Chenggong which gives the temple a solemn ambience. An ancient Yen Ping cannon is placed outside of the temple on a vibrantly green lawn. The cannon was transferred from Taiwushan. Legend has it that Zheng Chenggong left it when he visited Taiwushan to inspect the troops. The observatory deck in front of the archway gives a clear view of the offshore Jiangong Yu.
Among the seven important traditional villages in Kinmen, Shuitou is a historic village located near the harbor. Many villagers made a fortune in overseas business during Qing dynasty and returned to give back to their community by building temples, western-style buildings and schools which remained as the unique architectures we now see in Shuitou Village.
Maoshan Pagoda was one of the three landmarks for marine navigation aside from Wentai Pagoda and Reflection Tower. It was destroyed by gunfire. To recreate the magnificent tower trilogy, Kinmen County Government reconstructed Maoshan Pagoda at its original site. The granite-built new Maoshan Pagoda now stands to pass down the memories of Kinmen elders.
Wentai Pagoda was built under the order of Zhou De Xing, Jiangxia Official in the years of Emperor Taizhu of Ming dynasty. It is an indicative landmark of Kinmen for marine navigation in the past and a national monument in the present. It's geographic location high above sea level made it a frequently visited spot by administrative and military officials in the past. Numerous stone engravings can be found including “Where Hsujiang Rests” carved by Yu Dayou of Ming dynasty and “The Golden Gate of the Nation” by the master of Chinese painting, Zhang Daqian.
Gugang Lake is a partially man-made lake surrounded by Liangshan, Yennanshan, Hunanshan and Damaoshan. Guguang Tower at the lakeside sends out an ancient vibe with its red architecture echoing the vigorously green mountains and lakeside tranquility. It is truly a precious scenery of poetic aesthetics in Kinmen where battlefield attractions preside.