Suggested length of tour 1 Day
Category Suggested Itineraries
Suggested Modes of Transportation Driving
An especially good time to have a Kinmen seaside adventure would be in combination with attending the annual International Music Festival. It's held in the summer.
Please keep in mind:
*Safety first! None of the beaches and coastal areas described below are staffed. Swimming isn't recommended, as there may be rip tides.
*You may notice signs indicating military areas which are not open to the public. Please obey the signs!
*Please leave only your footprints. Pack out any rubbish you have. Thank you!
Here are some suggested spots on one side of the main island of Kinmen to include in your own self-guided seaside tour:
Oucuo (歐厝) Beach
This beach is a 10-min walk, or a short scooter or bike ride from Oucuo Village, one of Kinmen's seven National Park Villages. The village is full of beautiful traditional houses, has a teahouse in a gorgeous Western-style building, plus a small museum displaying how Kinmen traditional houses are built.
On the path down to the beach, just before you hit the sand, there are toilets and taps for washing sand off your feet. If you stroll down the beach during the summer, you may spot flashy blue-tailed bee eater birds flitting in and out of their sand dune nests.
During low tide in any season, you'll definitely see the half-buried tank in the sand! Can you find a second abandoned tank?
Hint: It's behind sand dunes, near a wind lion god not far from the toilets.
Chenggong (成功) Beach
This beach is a lovely 5-min stroll downhill from one of Kinmen's most impressive Western-style buildings, the Chen Jing-Lan mansion and museum in Chenggong Village. Don't miss going into the Chenggong Tunnel right next to the beach! Built to keep a close watch out for enemies in the sea, it's not as big as some other tunnels in Kinmen, but it's well-preserved with a few displays.
Xinhu Harbor (新湖漁港)
Besides the beach, this fishing boat harbor features lots of concrete breakwater blocks. Quite photogenic!.
East Village (東村)
At this village, the coastline is rocky rather than sandy. There are good photo shoot opportunities with the old tank and fortress!
Look out for signs prohibiting entry into the nearby military site.
Fengshang Patrol Division Fort (峰上巡檢司)
Originally built for defense against pirates in the late 1300s during the Ming Dynasty, this mini "Great Wall" was rebuilt in 2013. There's a nice pavilion with seats offering a good picnic spot.
At this part of the coast right by this village, you can enjoy both rocks and sand. There's a small fishing harbor and, unusually for a Kinmen village, some restaurants. It would be nice to combine a meal with a walk on the boardwalks. There are several, and one of them takes you to a small island..