As a continuation of my previous post, here are some videos I took in Zhaishan Tunnel:
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
During our second day in Quemoy, we travelled around by bicycle. Quemoy has a number of bicycle rental stations at various major tourist sites and bus stations. The bicycles are free, so it's pretty easy and convenient to rent them and see the island that way. My only warnings are these: some of the bicycles are in better shape than others, so test out the bike before you rent it. Also, when you rent bicycles, you have to turn over some sort of ID. If you are a foreigner not residing in Taiwan, this is probably your passport. That they can't just accept a copy of your ID is really unfortunate. Because most rental places are only open from 9-5 with an hour and a half break for lunch from 12 to 1:30, just make sure that you will be able to return the bike and get you ID back before you have to board your plane to leave the island if you plan to use a bike for your entire time there.
I don't remember where these crabs were, but they're cute.
These are bomb shelters that were next to the road. They may or may not still be in use.
This building is actually the entrance to a Kaoliang liquor brewery. (If you remember from my last post, Kaoliang is a liquor made on Quemoy from sorghum.)
The military presence on Quemoy is greatly reduced from previous years when the PRC was actively threatening the island, but there are still a lot of soldiers on the island. Every time we got on a bus it seemed like there were soldiers boarding with us. Occasionally we would also encounter dead-end roads like this with scary signs telling us to scram.
This is the northern gate of Jincheng Castle, on the south western part of the island.
Another bomb shelter
This tree had interesting fruits and a big bird's nest on top.
There was a park with a stone preserved in it that had some letters carved by the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The Ming were overthrown by the Qing, and the last emperor fled to Quemoy where he moped about and whined about how horrid his life was. He wrote a poem comparing himself to the clouds that float to and gather about Quemoy on a regular basis. It's all very Emo.
The above photo is a recreation of the last Ming Emperor's writing that he carved into a big rock. They made the recreation because, as you can see in the photo below, an earthquake caused the original carved rock to fall down. The original letters are now upside down (trust me) and one is no longer visible. This emperor, how pathetic can one person get!?
Across from Sad Emperor Park is a lake called Gugang. I'm glad that it was foggy when we arrived because I'm pretty sure that there is no way it could be prettier than this.
The next place we went was Zhaishan Tunnel. This is a tunnel that was dug in the 60's when the ROC and the PRC were still actively fighting over Quemoy. The tunnel is on the south side of the island and has entrance connecting it to the sea, so boats coming from Taiwan Island could sail right into Quemoy.
There are a bunch of tanks and stuff out front of the tunnel.
The above red, Chinese characters are a four character slogan reminding everyone to not forget the motherland. The motherland, in this case, is of course mainland China, which the Nationalists lost in 1949 to the Communists. It wasn't until the 1960's or 70's that they finally gave up on "retaking the mainland" as an official policy.
This is the entrance to the tunnel. It's about 100 meters.
At the end of the tunnel's straight section, there is an "A" shaped part with two entrances to the sea.
There were fish swimming around in the water in the tunnel.
In this photo, I'm standing right near the entrance to the tunnel with my back to the entrance. Since I have the light behind me, you can actually see the tunnel pretty well.
There seemed to be two different types of rock in the tunnel.
I think the machine above was probably for opening and closing the tunnel gate.
I'm taking a break here, but there are still more photos from day two!