On day 2 of my trip to the Pescadores, I drove north to the islands of Baisha and Xiyu, which are connected to Makung by bridges. It's kind of neat, so check it out on a map; the bridge between Baisha and Xiyu is one of the longest in the world.
And here's out first stop! I drove mostly non-stop to the end of Xiyu Island so that I could see the lighthouse there. I figured it was better to see the stuff farthest away first and to stop at other places on the way back. (Uh, by the way, that's not the actual lighthouse in the photo below, you do realize, right? That's just an adorable lighthouse-man who's showing us which way to go to get to the actual lighthouse.)
So apparently, right next to the lighthouse is some sort of military base with radar/communications towers and all of that. You actually have to walk on a path that goes kind of right through the base to get to the lighthouse, so there are all these signs warning you not to take photos, which is silly since you can take them at the entrance, and you can take them once you get to the lighthouse, even if you are looking back towards the base. Worst secret base ever, guys.
Some guy's shirt and underwear.
A grave. This was outside a gate, so I couldn't get any closer to get a good look at it.
Oh no! What happened!? (I think I pointed the camera at the sun.)
I think the white flag must be some military-related flag.
The next stop after the lighthouse was nearby in a field in the middle of nowhere. There was this giant, concrete gun turret. At first I mistakenly thought it was some local politician's desperate and stupid idea to increase tourism in the area, but after reading the sign nearby, I learned that this is actually from the Japanese period. During the war, the Japanese military built this concrete gun turret to try to fool the American planes.
The next stop was at these old forts, still on the island of Xiyu. These forts were originally built during the Qing period, and were built in reaction to the war between the Qing and France(!) for control of Taiwan. They were still around during the Japanese period where they would have seen use since the Pescadores Islands were an important, strategic military location for the Japanese navy.
上記の写真は間違いない東台だけど、下記の写真は西台かどうかはっきり分からない。訪れた時は西台だと思ったけど、後でインターネットで調べてみたら、自分の写真とウェブに有る写真の様子があまりにも変わっていて、もしかして西台には行っていないかもしれないと思ってきた。とにかく何かの廃棄された基地だけど、名前は確実に分からない。I believe that the photos following are of the Xiyu West Fort, which I'm pretty sure I also visited. I'm just confused because they look nothing like the photos I found online of it. It could just be that the angles are different and I'm not recognizing it, or it could be that this military installation is a more modern one that was inserted in between Xiyu West and East Forts, and maybe I never even made it to Xiyu West Fort and didn't realize it. Sorry for my continued ignorance.
Concrete-filled toilets. (They're Asian squat-style toilets.)
Day 2 isn't done yet, but I'll continue in another post since I took an absurd number of photos on this day.