Jinsha Township — Flora and Greenery Route
Explore the unsophisticated Jinsha of lavish greeneries
This 16.8 km cycling route features lakeside scenery, historic residences and wind lion gods. It starts from Shamei Station and stops by Yangzhai, Bishan, Shanxi and reaches farther to downtown Shamei, Tiendun seawall, Xiyuan and Mashan. Attractions along the route include Shanhou Folk Culture Village, Maple Woods and Wuhushan. Visitors can also stop by Ronghu Lake and Jinsha Dam, two local important water supply facilities of picturesque lakeside sceneries. A special scene of spectacular sorghum (kaoliang) fields can only be seen at the end of autumn towards winter along the route.
Suggested route A :
Shamei Station → Houputou → Ronghu Lake → Jinsha Dam → Tiendun Seawall → Xiyuan → *Mashan Observation Station → Shanxi → Xishanchien → Yingkeng → Dongpu → Shamei Station
Suggested route B :
Shamei Station → Houputou → Yangzhai → Maple Woods → Shanhou Folk Culture Village → Shanxi → Xishanchien → Shamei Station
The * sign indicates a branch route.
Xiyuan Salt Industry Culture Museum
Salt industry in Kinmen has a over 700-year history that dates back to Ming and Qing dynasty. As time goes by, Xiyuan Salt Field, originally Yong An Tiann established in early Yuan dynasty, is the only salt field that remained. To this date, the salt field no longer produces salt but has become a culture museum preserving the history of Kinmen's salt industry.
Mashan Observation Station
Mashan Observation Station and Broadcasting Station situate in the northernmost area of Kinmen island. The location is only 2 kilometers away from Jiaoyu and Da Xiao Deng Island of Fujian Province across the strait. Hence, Mashan was considered as the most crucial sentry post for Observation any movements across the strait and psychological operations like air-dropped leaflets.
Shanhou Folk Culture Village
Locals also call it the 18 Great Houses in Shanhou. The village comprises 18 Minnan historic houses built for the Wang family in Qing dynasty by the Wang father and son who became wealthy from doing business in Japan. The well preserved Shanhou folk culture village became the most representative relic of Kinmen's traditional residential houses.