Let's look at the abandoned military buildings around the Dongquan lighthouse.
At the edge of this cliff--and it was a steep cliff--there was this life ring. In case you go swimming? Because you're a moron? I don't know.
Fuzheng village as seen from above
The tide was way out when I took these pictures. In the one below, you can see the long stretch of land that connects Xiniu Island to Dongju. (Xiniu Island is just out of frame to the right.)
I came back to the lighthouse briefly to get the scooter.
There were tons of these flowers in purple, but very few in white.
Fuzheng village is really beautiful. It used to be the most bustling area of the island, so there are lots of nice, traditional houses done in Mindong style. In recent years though, most people have moved out and the village has been overtaken by Daping as the main town on the island. It seems like there are still a couple of houses occupied in Fuzheng, and there are also a couple that have been converted into guest houses. It's such a beautiful area that I hope they do a good job of preserving it for the future.
An air-raid shelter
A temple to Mazu, a sea goddess who is extremely popular in south-east China, and anywhere in the world where people from south-east China have settled.
The ceiling of the temple.
This is an anti-communist slogan. Things like this really make you feel the military atmosphere that still lingers on Matsu (and Quemoy for that matter) that has disappeared from the main island of Taiwan.
Here's Fuzheng from a different angle.
Fuzheng's port was one of the island's two ports back in the day before they built the currently in-use Mengwo Port. This one faces to the north, so during the summer they would use this one. In the winter, when the monsoon winds changed and came from the north, they would switch to a south-facing port in another village on the island called Dapu.
It was already getting dark, and my camera ran out of batteries, so I decided to come back the next morning. I'll continue with more photos of Fuzheng in the next post.