This Ammo wooden box on the tranquil white sand XiBian beach (溪邊） represents an ironic contrast of WAR and PEACE. Kinmen is known for its perfectly preserved historical sites and military facilities from its half-century isolation during the Cold War. Its battlefield culture is a world-class heritage asset, and this will remind modern-day people of the importance of PEACE. Interested in seeing these Ammo boxes? Qin Inn has a couple of which as a part of interior decoration, no ammunition inside,of course.
Horseshoe Crabs, (Limulidae)鱟 (Hoˋ) live in and around shallow ocean waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. In recent years, a decline in the number of horseshoe crabs has occurred as a result of coastal habitat destruction in Kinmen. Horseshoe Crabs are considered living fossils. Researchers in Kinmen Fisheries Research Institute are working hard to preserve the habitat of Horseshoe Crabs. This is a baby horseshoe crab being discovered by ChiangLin and Sammi along the coast of JiangKong Islet (建功嶼). Interested in discovering one yourself?
Praying Mantis, the Little Garden Keeper.
ChiangLin and Sammi are the keepers of this grand edifice,Qin Inn.
This little praying mantis is a great helper for keeping the garden.
Fog playing hide-and-seek in the garden in Early Spring.
Kinmen and central Taiwan share the same latitude so it has a sub-tropical oceanic climate. The average temperature is 21 degrees Celsius. Travel between Taiwan and Kinmen is often affected by heavy fog during early Spring; however, its veil of mist in the tree leaves, over the wheat field and the mountain shows the reserved beauty in Kinmen.
When you walk in, you praise and awe this 100-year-old Min-Nan Style edifice blended with its Baroque Tower House on the right. Don’t forget to discover the detail of the house. Every wooden door panel in Qin Inn has an amazing decorated Bagua Arrangement Symbol (八卦）and a door knocker with an auspicious word on it. This one is written 囍（Xi ˇ）meaning “Mega Happiness”; some written 福 （Fuˊ) meaning “Good Fortune”. Be sure to discover which words are written on your delicate room door panels.
The bright red berries in the courtyard of Qin Inn are just like European Holly. Keeping the holiday spirit in Kinmen.
Summer Sunlight rays pour through Chinese Toona（香椿）leaves in the corridor.
Qin Inn has a western architectural style two-storey tower house. Western sculptures were carved; however, plenty Chinese FuShui (風水) logos can also be found in the tower house. For the defensive work of the tower house, square embrasures on the second floor gave a maximum field of fire. Come and explore Qin Inn , No.63, 64 Shui Tou)
Dancing Black Shadows-“Every winter evening at dusk the sky over Kinmen’s Ci Lake is filled by large flocks of cormorants, creating a spectacular and unforgettable scene that can be described as world class. Nature lovers are invited to view the documentary and learn about the lives of cormorants.” -adapted from National Parks of Taiwan
As playing hide and seek, Siisaa, the stone lion (Wind-Lion God 風獅爺FongShihYe) in XiBian( 溪邊） gazes afar the White light house on BeiDing Islet. Though , you can only see the back of the statue in the photo, this Wind Lion God in XiBan is the happiest and cutest stone figure of all.
There are over 300 Wind Lion God in Kinmen. How about making your trip as a Wind Lion God seeking journey ?
" These lions were erected extensively along the borders of villages or at the mouths of rivers, and appear in standing poses as well as squatting postures.
Unlike the other traditional guardian figures in Chinese culture, which have solemn or ferocious perspectives, these statues come with a wide variety of expressions on their faces.
Some of them show a fearful appearance which demands respect, while others come with amusing cartoon-like faces showing a touch of humor. “
Late Autumn is just the time for tourists to admire the beauty of the Sorghum Field(高粱 gāoliáng). If you have tried Kinmen Sorghum liquor, you must have fallen in love with the clear transparent color, strong fragrance, sweet and pure flavor. You may also want to see the sorghum field. Cycling or walking in the sorghum filed. C’est la vie!