Shishan (Mt. Lion) Howitzer Front
-The Howitzer, the weapon which contributed to the success of the August 23 Artillery Battle, is on display.
-Howitzer drill demonstrations are carried out every day except for Thursdays.
-There's a spectacular view of the sea.
Shishan (Mt. Lion) Howitzer Front is on Lion Mountain behind Shanhou Folk Culture Village. It's Kinmen's only remaining howitzer base built in a tunnel. The Howitzer, the weapon which contributed to the success of the August 23rd Artillery Battle is on display
The tunnels are designed to accommodate personnel, vehicles and equipment of an infantry battalion as well as protect ground forces from the artillery shellings, so the entire tunnel has rather wide space with the length of 508 meters, average height of 4.6 meters and the width of 3.6 meters
The tunnel has various military-related exhibits, including the inner war-preparedness room, ammunition room, arsenal, artillery fort, and walls with slogans etc. The star of the show is the 8-inch Howitzer, a powerful weapon with a firing range of 17 km. The howitzer has an amazingly strong power that can easily destroy a small-size village. It was a contributing factor to the success of the August 23rd Artillery Battle in 1958.
Howitzer drill demonstrations are carried out every day except for Thursdays, which attracts many people to take a look.
Howitzer drill demonstration
You can see a Howitzer gun drill demonstration any day of the week except for Thursdays. On weekends and national holidays, there is an additional demonstration at 9am.
10:00, 11:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
Opening Hours 09:00-17:30 (Howitzer drill demonstrations daily except for Thursdays)
Recommended length of visit
Union City, California
The 8 inch Self-Propelled HowitzerThe 8 inch Self-Propelled Howitzer was the key factor for Taiwan Army to hang in during the very famous 823 war (bombardment of Kinmen by (People’s Republic of China) forces that started August 23rd 1958, also called second Taiwan strait crisis). It can carry atomic warhead if necessary. The Kinmen county government was able to keep this one for sightseeing to attract tourists. It also has a show to launch the The 8 inch Self-Propelled Howitzer. It’s a must visit spot and a must see show in Kinmen.
Cannon showShishan Howitzer Front was another military fort with an underground tunnel system. This one was worth a stop for the hourly cannon show when the staff dressed in military outfits reenact the firing of the cannon facing the mainland. While a bit tacky, the ceremony was well choreographed.
Civil War HistoryThis is a must-stop for any enthusiast of Chinese or military history. You can walk through the network of tunnels through the mountain and see artillery equipment from the civil war period, including plenty of American-made equipment that was sent to the ROC military. Be sure to watch the reenactment of the heavy artillery firing, and then take photographs with the reenactors.
Los Angeles, California
Astonishing!It was very interesting to watch these "soldiers" (they actually were civilians working for local government) put up a show-from "preparation" to "fire" the gun. During 823 Battle, tremendous power of the 8-inch cannon successfully suppressed PLA who declared "cease fire" afterwards.(in fact, it was "firing" at odd days and "ceasing" at even days).
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