Is your impression of Kinmen only comprised of battlefield historic sites, Kaoliang (sorghum liquor), and ancient buildings?
Kinmen has become the latest social media check-in hotspot! For an exotic trip, you can find a European-style white church, abandoned yellow dirt houses, and colorful Venetian-like huts. For a cultural trip, you can stroll among the old Western style buildings, villages, and old streets; visit the independent shops in the art and cultural districts, sip coffee in the afternoon and cocktail in the evening!
Feeling tempted? Taiwan island and Kinmen are only a one-hour flight apart. Search for a plane ticket online now. Take your camera with you for a casual and chic trip to Kinmen!
Tips for fun activities In Kinmen in all seasons
Tips for attractions
Four themed trips of Kinmen
The best social media photo spots
In Kinmen, besides visiting the historic buildings and social media check-in points, do not miss out on the time-limited natural wonders. You would have to wait for a whole other year for the next opportunity.
During low tide only
Jiangong Islet, Oucuo Tank Destroyer, Tashan Power Plant Fueling Dock
Time-limited natural wonders
Pink lake in spring and summer. Cormorants at Ci Lake in winter.
Green reefs in March to May; The Sea of Stars and wheat fields in April to June; sorghum fields in October.
Change into ancient costumes and take retro fashion photos in the streets
Through the Hokkien settlements and in the serene and retro atmosphere, take a photo to capture this special moment of you and Kinmen.
Qionglin Village, Shuitou Village, Zhushan Village, Shanhou Village, and Guningtou Village
Spot a local celebrity in the alleys: searching for Wind Lion God
There are numerous Wind Lion God statues all around Kinmen. Some with funny expressions, and some with stern faces. You are invited to search for Wind Lion God in the streets and alleys. They will become great memories of your Kinmen trip.
Qionglin Wind Lion God, Anqi Wind Lion God, Zhonglan Wind Lion God, Guanao Wind Lion God
Must-see in Kinmen: the shocking battlefield historic sites
Having been through the Battle of Guningtou and Battle of Daerdan (also known as Battle of Dadan Island), many historic ruins can be found in Kinmen. Now that the war is long over, these sites turned into popular social media check-in points with unique retro atmosphere.
Houlin Military Base and Shooting Simulator, Shishan (Mt. Lion) Howitzer Front, Beishan Broadcasting Wall, Zhaishan Tunnel, Shaxi Fort, and Dadan Island
The must-eats of Kinmen
Besides peanut candy and dried beef, there are much more to Kinmen delicacies! Oyster fritters, Hokkien-style shaobing (clay oven rolls) highly recommended by locals, and creamy Cantonese congee: inheriting Hokkien food culture and integrating local ingredients, Kinmen cuisine is much different from that of Taiwan Island and very memorable to all the visitors to Kinmen.
Local breakfast items
Guangdong congee with Yóutiáo (fried bread stick), Dan-bing (Taiwanese omelet), Peanut Soup, Xiaolongbao (steamed pork dumplings), Vermicelli soup, Shāobǐng
Six classic delicacies
Rock oysters, Spent grain beef, Kinmen banquet soup, Fried instant noodles, Potstickers, Fried peanut worms, Kamenote
Drinks and desserts
Kaoliang (sorghum liquor) mixed drinks, Taro Shaved Ice, Manjian Cake, Kachia Cookie, Bean Kueh
Stay a night
Experience the daily life of KinmenMore accommodations
All the ancient houses in Kinmen are telling stories of the past. The retro atmosphere also makes great photo opportunities. Stay here for one night and enjoy the unique way of life of old settlements.
Trying to find low-budget and convenient accommodations in Kinmen? Hostels will be your first choice to have a good night’s sleep and meet other travelers.
That’s right, you can camp in Kinmen! To see night sky without light pollution and enjoy quiet nights without street noises, try camping in Kinmen.
Recommended camp site
Getting around Kinmen
Get a car at the airport.Driving around is easy.
If you would like to drive around Kinmen, you can:
- Pick a car or motorcycle rental from the many available at Shangyi Airport.
- Book a car before departure from one of the rentals or online ticket booking sites.
be sure to bring your national ID and drivers’ license.
Getting around Kinmen: Taxis, buses, and public bikes
Guided Taxi Tour:
Hiring a taxi for a whole day in Kinmen costs about 3,000 to 5,000NTD. You can reserve a taxi with guided tour by phone.
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle:
Sightseeing bus with six routes in Kinmen. For more information, please visit the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle website.
Public bikes allowing you to pick up and drop off the bike at different locations. You can use EasyCard or iPASS. For more information, please visit the K-bike website.
Island hopping in Kinmen: feels almost like international travel.
Island hopping is popular in Kinmen. To travel to Lieyu (also known as Little Kinmen) and Dadan Island, you must take the ferry from Shuitou Harbor in Kinmen to Jiugong Harbor in Little Kinmen. A battlefield-themed cultural trip awaits you on the islands.
Little Kinmen:the ferry goes between Shuitou Pier in Kinmen and Jiougong Pier in Little Kinmen. Journey time is 15 minutes. Motorcycles and bicycles can board the ferry (with extra charge for motorcycles) so you can get around Little Kinmen with ease.
Act now and start your trip to Kinmen!
In Kinmen, in the sunshine and under the blue sky, you can unveil its mysterious military past, enjoy the soft white sand and cool sea water, and taste local delicacies. Are you tempted? Search for a plane ticket now!