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Updated:2019-04-20

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Introduction

Highlights
- This is a must-go place in the winter, as the early evening sky can be full of migrating cormorants.
- At any time of the year, the seaview observation deck's a great place to experience the sun setting over Xiamen skyscrapers in the distance.
- This is one of the few beaches where you can still see anti-landing spikes.

Cihu, a large lake next to the sea facing Xiamen, was built by the military for strategic purposes in 1969. It's now a popular spot for gazing at the skyscrapers in Xiamen, and watching the sunset and migrating birds.
Ci Lake and Sunset Seaview Observation Deck
The anti-landing spikes which used to be on all Kinmen beaches make for a uniquely poignant scene.
Ci Lake and Sunset Seaview Observation Deck
Starting sometime in November every year, flocks of migrating cormorants return to the trees around Cihu. Throughout the winter, the best time to be at the observation deck is at dusk. Seeing up to 4000 birds flying in v-shape formation is really a sight to behold!
Ci Lake and Sunset Seaview Observation Deck

Information

Address Cihu, Jinning Township, Kinmen County Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours Open all day

Admission charge Free

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Viewing platform

Recommended length of visit

1-2hr

Directions

4.5 18 Reviews Write a Review

Traveler rating

  1. 0 Terrible
  2. 0 Poor
  3. 2 Average
  4. 7 Very good
  5. 9 Excellent

Traveler type

  1. 3 Families
  2. 3 Couples
  3. 6 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 3 Friends
  • Texan C

    Singapore, null, Singapore

    A Historical visit

    3 2019-03

    We arrived at a previous outpost of larger "KinMen", 8 (eight) functional war tanks with its guns pointed into the waters of Lake Ci. The little tunnel of this outpost, leads to higher grounds & a rest point for us tourist (you could enjoy a cup of tea here). 2 other war tanks resting on high platform sits to the right of this outpost. Within the tunnels are photographs of the sea platform - with sharp stilts of irons still sticking out of the waters to prevent any enemy ships from landing. Our visits witness a large 5feet X 7 feet roosting nest of a seabird that feeds on bee,s, sitted ontop of dried branches about 3 storey high, & eye level with the outpost. The local guide expressed that each year migratory birds will come in droves, digging nests into the grounds & feeding on abundance of bee's & leave after 3 months (each year repeating the sequence of events), how interestingly, these birds fly from as far as Sri Lanka & surrounding countries here. That accounts for the governmental project of mounts of isolated soil for them to build their nests, then flattened after they left & to be rebuild again every other year whilst awaiting their returns. We enjoyed this short historical visit after about 45 minutes, & photography.
  • Ziggy28104

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Favorite Place in Kinmen

    5 2017-10

    Walking along the beach seeing all the old military bunkers and defenses is very unique, something I have never seen before, would recommend to anyone who likes to explore abandoned places and an interest in military history
  • JenleSubang

    Subang Jaya, Malaysia

    Traveler type:

    Family

    Cool windy place for sunset

    5 2016-12

    The place is reachable by public bus. We took the bus after visiting anping. Hav to be there before 5pm. And last bus to leave the place is 7pm. Public washroom and shower is available for those who wanted to go in the water. Beach to see sunset. Many people pack food and drinks to come here as this place only hav a few stalls selling food and drinks.
  • Siobhan W

    Crossmolina, Ireland

    Beautiful chilled evening

    5 2016-07

    We went and even though it was cloudy the whole feel of the place was relaxed and for once the place wasn't overrun with tourists so you could just sit and chat whilst watching the stunning colours of the sky whilst the sun went down.
  • annekiara

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Hush .... the sun is setting ☺️

    5 2015-10

    After visiting the wetlands in Taijiang National Park , we found ourselves torn between 2 choices : to visit the salt fields, or to catch the sun setting at sunset platform . We asked our cab driver and he recommended the sunset platform right away ! And boy , am I glad that we took his advice and didn't miss watching the sun setting over the horizon ! It's a really gorgeous way to end the day - gazing at the last of the day’s light, and breathing in some fresh sea breeze before heading back into the city : perfect-O !!! ☺️ P/s Note to editor : I can't locate sunset platform so I'm putting the review here

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