Quemoy Day 3!
We started where we left off on Day 2 and went back to Juguang Tower to see what it was like during the day. As you can see below, the view is pretty decent.
Our next step was to move from our home of two nights in Shuitou Village to another B&B on the east side of the island in a town called Shanhou. Shanhou also has a nice collection of old houses, and the place we stayed was one of them.
This is where we stayed.
Right next to Shanhou is an old military base that's been turned into a museum. It's called "Shishan".
Clever use of old munitions.
Much like Zhaishan, there is a tunnel through the mountain here.
These symbols, which I noticed all over the island, are the symbols for Quemoy's various military divisions.
At the end of the tunnel, we come out onto a promontory facing north towards China. This gun is just a museum piece now, but not that long ago this would have been seriously deployed here.
There was some other building even farther up above us.
It was a little too cloudy to see, but we're facing towards China (Red China!) right now.
After leaving Shishan, we went to the biggest town in North-Eastern Quemoy. The town is called Shamei, and while it's almost certainly the biggest town in the area, it's not really that big. Quemoy is all pretty rural, and the eastern side of the island is definitely more rural than the western side.
There was no shortage of cats in Shamei though.
It's unfortunate, but many of the buildings in Shamei were in this state. Taiwan as a whole has a declining, aging population, and I would assume that the decline is biggest in the rural areas. It wouldn't surprise me if Shamei has seen a huge decrease in population in recent years, and, as a result, a huge increase in abandoned houses.