A First-timer’s Guide to Kinmen National Park

Kinmen, the outlying island of Taiwan, offers natural, historical and religious sites for people to discover more.

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The Matsu Islands: Taiwan’s Northernmost Frontier

Northernmost frontier? Nine hours by ferry northwest of north Taiwan (flights also available). China’s mountainous coast your backdrop. The local culture a world away from the rest of Taiwan.

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Kinmen – Garden Built on a Granite Fortress

Everyone in Taiwan knows of the Golden Gate. No, not the bridge. Taiwan has its very own Golden Gate, an archipelago directly off the China mainland. For historical reasons the official transliteration of the “golden gate” characters is “Kinmen,” rather than the standard-use Hanyu Pinyin “Jinmen.”

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Where Taiwan Is Not Quite Itself The Remote, Rugged, and Very Different Matsu Islands

Matsu is far to the north, Taiwan’s northernmost possession, across from a north Fujian area called east Fujian in recognition of its distinctive dialect and cultural traditions.

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