此為紀錄為期三週在 金門-北山古洋樓-背包客棧青年旅館 打工換宿日誌，以一個旅人的眼帶大家看金門，以及因擔任客棧小幫手結緣的北山古洋樓。
It is a journal to record my 3 weeks work exchange life in Beishan Back Packer Inn, Kinmen. I will share my adventure and daily life in Kinmen and helper experience in Beishan.
Every location I mentioned will have google map link(If no,you can find by yourself haha).
這是每一個遇到我、知道我要來金門都會問的問題。金門是一個很特別的地方，由於經歷過戰爭最前線的經驗，加上本身豐富的文化，讓我特別有興趣，尤其是很多適合探險跟訪尋秘境的機會，加上因為一首MV(【Taiwan Tempo Run Vol. 5 // Closer 】Oriental EDM Cover)，被其中種種金門的故事吸引，二話不說聯絡北山古洋樓的蔡大哥，定下了為期3週的小幫手換宿。
This is the question asked by people when they know I will go to Kinmen. Kinmen is a special place due to the warfront experience and vivid culture, especially many opportunities for adventure. Moreover, I was obsessed by an MV(【Taiwan Tempo Run Vol. 5 // Closer 】Oriental EDM Cover) and the Kinmen stories mentioned in the MV. Thus, I called Beishan Inn’s owner Mr, Tsai and checked the plan as a helper in Beishan for 3 weeks.
此篇日誌會分為七個部分(This Journal will be divided into 7 parts) :
ㄧ、北山古洋樓與它的小幫手(Beishan and Beishans)
二、戰爭的痕跡(Trace of war)
三、金門秘境探險(Adventure in Secret Area of Kinmen)
四、尋找風獅爺(Search for Wind Lion God)
五、夜遊後浦-七月流火(Houpu in the night-Ghost month)
六、尾聲(Last but not Least)
ㄧ、北山古洋樓與它的小幫手(Beishan and Beishans)
At the beginning of the journey, we can use three words to describe Beishan: Historic site, war, warmth.
「北洋樓是一棟戰爭洗禮過的古蹟，有故事的房子。」(Beishan is a historic site experienced war.)
Yes. Beishan is a historic site as well as a backpacker inn . It is definitely a special experience as a helper living in historic site while Beishan was called “ghost house” by the locals.
In 1949, Beishan was destroyed during Guningtou Battle(Wiki) because of its key strategic location and used to be Communist army command base. Thus, Beishan’s walls have several bullet holes during the war. In 1986, a general rebuilt Beishan and reserve the war history by setting a monument.
Back to the origin of Beishan, from using to be a luxuries architecture in Kinmen to the victim of war and
Of course, there are a lot of different opinions that the origin of this house comes from the most luxurious building in Beishan, which became a victim of war. It was once abandoned afterward. Even the legend says the corpse of the Communist army soldiers that were removed from the house had nearly two floors and some ghost stories came out at that time. The most unfortunate thing is that because of the housing rights issue which makes Beishan building cannot be refurbished.
Nowadays, the Beishan Inn keeper Mr.Tsai was marked the Beishan case that was not marked for ten years and Beishan began to be popular by operating as an inn. After the war, Beishan returned to the peaceful daily life.
「北山是一個很溫馨的大家庭，每個人可以用自己舒服的生活方式，在這裡生活。」(Beishan is a warm family, everyone can live in your way here.)
There are three ways to be a helper in the Beishan: room service, professional accommodation or proposal accommodation. Because I have the habit of making a video to record my life, I chose to do the professional filming.
The Beishan Inn keeper Mr.Tsai is very kind to accommodate many helpers, in the same period I stayed in the inn has up to 14 helpers! Every time we joked that helpers are always more than guests. In short, Beishan gives me the feeling of “tolerance”. Although it was my first time here, other Beishan helpers shared their experiences with me, and they took me to explore the excavation of abandoned bases. On my first day, we climbed up and watched the plane landed and took off. The people around me and I still didn’t meet each other over 24 hours, but we have already experienced an adventure.
When I arrived at the backpacker’s inn, I was worried that my dinner while I can’t cook. However, other helpers have already cooked, I hold the dishes and ate the first meal in Kinmen with full of familiarity. At the moment, I can understand why I accept and call Beishan “home” so quickly like other helpers.
The daily life here is going out to explore Kinmen every afternoon with others and experience the culture and nature of Kinmen. In just a few days, I was afraid of everything and now I can ride my scooter back to Beishan alone for 20 to 30 minutes at night. Also, I didn’t have any special expectations for Kinmen but I turned to look forward to taking every adventure and exploring ruins.
I am very grateful for applying the work exchange in Beishan because of my impulsiveness. Without this experience, I will not know how beautiful Kinmen is.
二、戰爭的痕跡(Trace of war)
As everyone knows, Kinmen is the front line of the August 23rd Artillery Battle. It has been subjected to many shell attacks. Therefore, facilities have been underground in 1960s. For example, National Army began to dig a small boat tunnel(Zhaishan,Jiugong) in 1963, Qingtianting Hall in 1962, and the granite hospital and the guesthouse (the tunnel hotel) were excavated in 1978. Therefore, there are a lots of abandoned or sightseeing military bases and forts, war-related museums, and exciting underground tunnels or unknown military buildings can be explored.
Of course, since staying for three weeks, I only share the places I have been to.
August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum, Mr.Yu Da-wei Memorial Hall, and Banyan Park are in the same district, so you can go to these three spots at a time. I mainly go to the first two, and I will especially focus on the August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum.
- 八二三戰史館(August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum)
It is mainly about the history of August 23rd Artillery Battle of the year. At the same time, it exhibited the scale of the artillery shells and how Kinmen transported materials and did military operations. At that time, Kinmen was a battleground for the military of two armies. During August 23rd Artillery Battle, even the Minister of Defense Mr.Yu Da-wei often came to Kinmen, and Kinmen jumped to the stage of history. Kinmen is very close to Xiamen, China, and you can almost see the other side, so the situation was very tense at the time.
In the museum, the most special part is to mention a lot of descriptions of how to transfer the materials, because the replacement issue is the key to the outcome of the war. Another interesting thing is the political advertisement, which was also used to send various flyers to the other party’s territory.
In addition, it is very interesting that the museum sells “Chiang Kai-shek special” and “Mao Zedong milk tea”, which is also sold in De Yue Building. This is a relatively new beverage, not a traditional drink in Kinmen. “Chiang Kai-shek special” is a special tea with Kinmen coral and “Mao Zedong milk tea” is a special milk tea plus 58-degree sorghum liquor.
2. 俞大維紀念館(Mr.Yu Da-wei Memorial Hall)
Mr.Yu Da-wei, the Minister of Defense of the August 23rd Artillery Battle at that time. This memorial is to commemorate the life and values of this person. The only thing that is memorable is that he was awarded one of the plaques, “Be neither jealous nor greedy.” I also hope that I can become a more confident person, neither be disappointed with myself because of inferiority nor deny myself because of the pursuit and become a mature and powerful person.
Jiangongyu can be said that the Kinmen version of Moses and the Red Sea. It is necessary to wait for the ebb, the road will emerge and people can walk. Therefore, we go out and ride there at 6:30 in the morning. Arriving at Jiangongyu, there is a military base for sightseeing as well as a statue of Koxinga, which is a few feet long. The statue faces China and seems to look at the motherland that cannot go back.
Besides, Jiangongyu is located in the tidal zone, and the ecology is very rich, There were many hermit crabs drilling by the stone road. Other Inn helpers and I found the living fossils in the mud next to the road. Luckily, I found a few small living fossils, about 5 or 6 years old.
The bustling area of Yangzhai began in Jindong Cinema. In 1950, Mr. Zhang Xiangchuan, the president of Taipei City Council, donated money to build the Jindong Cinema today which was popular at that time and made Yangzhai develop into a prosperous shopping street. However, it fell with the decline of military personnel. (Source: Kinmen Tourism Website)
If you like the old style, you will definitely fall in love with it. In particular, here retain the facilities at that time. Each house has a large national flag to show patriotic atmosphere. There are bathrooms, eyeglasses store, photo studios, Barbershops, cinemas, ice shops, tea rooms, etc. All are designed to meet the daily needs of the military.
The one that remains the most complete and can be visited is a small tea room because most of the building is locked or in ruins. Here you can see the complete use of evidence, including the counter for registration, the promotion of sexually transmitted diseases, and rooms at the time. There is a Taiwanese movie “Paradise in Service”(Click: Trailer) which is talked about the story of the tea room and the military and they cast in Yangzhai.
(四) 特約茶室展示館(Military Brothel Exhibition Hall)
Military Brothel Exhibition Hall mentioned above is actually a place for military dealt with sex desire(also called “tea room”), to describe how to purchase the ticket and the corresponding price at that time, as well as the distribution and operation of each tea room in Kinmen, and finally the small room for service.
After visiting all the tea room related buildings and exhibitions, it is rare to mention the stories of these women. The most victims of the war are usually women and children. Especially during Japan ruled, there were so-called mandatory slaves (comfort women). The record said these women were for the country, but I think if you can choose, no one wants to be a “tea room lady” with no willingness.
War is not only about the sorrow of men, as well as women.
(五)北山播音牆(Beishan Broadcasting Wall)
When you come to a grassland, you will see a huge rectangular building standing on the edge of the sea. There is a sound-like hole above it. It is Beishan broadcasting wall, which was used for the psychological warfare broadcasting to the Communist and pass to 25 kilometers away with square array of 48 sets of speakers.
“Dear mainland compatriots, I am Teresa Teng…” Every day, Terasa Teng‘s（Taiwanese famous singer) crisp voice come from a huge radio, recording the process of broadcasting of news, propaganda, criticism, and surrender in Mandarin and Taiwanese.
The interior of the broadcasting wall is usually closed. The console is displayed with the picture I post. There is no too complicated control platform to link any music or sound we want to play. You can see Xiamen on the opposite side of the broadcasting wall, so you can imagine how to use broadcasting as a psychological warfare at the time.
Shishan Howitzer Front is located in the northeast corner of Kinmen, adjacent to the Shanhou Folk Culture Village. It is the only tunnel-style cannon base in Taiwan. It is also known as the Zhendong Tunnel which means “ Inspire Zhendong”. Come here, there are tunnels to go in and visit various shells, chariots, and documentaries.
In addition, everyone came here to see the cannonball drill , you can see the process of the shooting, military practice and loading ammunition.
(七) 太武山(Taiwu Mountain)
Taiwu Mountain is 262 meters high in the eastern part of Kinmen . It is the highest peak of Kinmen and one of Xiaobaiyue. After the 1950s, the entire Taiwu Mountain area was classified as a military restricted area. In addition to constructing fortifications, the mountain also has tunnels extending in all directions.
另還有被視為金門地標的「毋忘在莒」刻石，隨著解嚴開放，這些都成為遊客去金門必遊覽的地方。毋忘在莒的典故為戰國時齊國被燕國連攻七十二城，僅剩即墨、莒二城為最後固守的城池。 齊國以莒城為反攻基地，在五年的艱苦歲月後逆襲成功，收復了失地。 見史記卷八十二田單傳。 後以毋忘在莒比喻收復國土。(資料來源：維基百科)
Now, Taiwu mountain has been open to visitors and Wu-Wang-Zai-Ju Inscribed Rock also the hot spot to take the picture. Wu-Wang-Zai-Ju in Chinese means to recover the “homeland”.
When I first saw the Zhaishan Tunnel, I was shocked by the magnificent scene in front of me with the lights and water shining. It is the most representative tunnel of Kinmen. It is also known as the masterpiece of the “underground Kinmen”.
Located in the southwest of Kinmen, it is an A-shaped war prepared waterway with a total length of about 357 meters. It was excavated in 1963 in response to the war. It took three years to complete, and it was used for landing in the war. After the renovation and clean-up by Kinmen National Park Management Office, the Zhaishan Tunnel was officially opened in 1998 and is a must-see attraction.
In addition, in every autumn, concert will be held in Zhaishan Tunnel. Because the terrain is a natural echo, the whole performance is even more shocking. You can come to Zhaishan and listen to the music.
(九)得月樓(Deyue Tower) & 僑鄉文化展示館(Overseas Chinese Culture Exhibition Hall) & 金水國小(Jinshui Elementary School)
Deyue Tower is a defensive building which the owner went to Nanyang to develop business and this building has a lot of ingenuity. I recommend you can listen to the guide in Deyue Tower which is very detailed.
The most notable is the three-story tower (Deyue Tower) that was first seen. This is the place to spy on the enemy and the shooting. The ground floor is also a tunnel that can go directly to the host. Interestingly, the building next to the tower is a “fake building”(no one live in here), so you will find that space is particularly narrow, to confuse the enemy.
The place next to Deyue Tower is “Huanghuangyang Western Style House”. Most of the buildings were built after the Kinmen people who went out to develop business. You can see the characteristics of the previous buildings. For example, when the loft is designed to make full use of space, or to spy on the enemy downstairs, you can pry the floor up and escape.
Next to it is the Overseas Chinese Culture Exhibition Hall and Jinshui Elementary School. Jinshui Elementary School used to be a school. Later, because the students were reduced, they became museums. Same as Overseas Chinese Culture Exhibition Hall, Jinshui Elementary School is telling the story and life of people in Nanyang.
(十) 莒光樓(Juguang Tower)
When I first came to the Shuguang Building, it was like seeing the ancient city.
In addition to the characteristics and cultural activities of the Kinmen, there are also records of the Guningtou Battle andAugust 23rd Artillery Battle at the time, and the opposite side of the “Wu-Wang-Zai-Ju Inscribed Rock” . If you want to learn about the local culture and war record of Kinmen. People can come here as a starting point to know Kinmen.
(十一) 古寧頭戰史館(Guningtou Battle Museum)
In addition to the paintings used to introduce the tragic wars at the time, the Guningtou Battle Museum also included a plot and a documentary to describe the Guningtou Battle. It was a key battle for the national army and the Kinmen. Some words said, “Kinmen is in, Taiwan is in; Kinmen is falling, and the Republic of China is hard to survive.”
It is more special to save the tunnel at that time, and you can walk into the tunnel and directly go to the outside base. There are some records of the battle at that time.
(十二)湖井頭戰史館(Hujingtou Battle Museum)
Hujingtou Battle Museum is located in Xiao Kinmen (Lieyu Township). The most special part about this museum is that it can be seen from the telescope here to the opposite side of the city very clear. You can almost see the car on the opposite side of Xiamen, but I can’t see it all due to the thick frog.
It also recorded the sound record of the telegraph at that time. There was a row of telephone booths in museum. As long as you picked up the microphone, there was a voice coming from the phone, and you can experience the atmosphere at that time. But I don’t know why I suddenly missed my dad. It may be because the tone is like the soldiers at that time, carefully had their family take care of themselves.
(十三) 紅土溝(L36 Fortress)
This place was accidentally found, thinking that it was locked. As a result, the iron door pushed forward easily haha.
This base is small. There are many sculptures to simulate the war situation at that time and restore the situation of training and shooting. Of course, it is also very close to Xiamen.
(十四) 馬山觀測所(Mashan Observation Post)
(十五) 成功海防坑道(ChengGong Coastal Defense Tunnel)
The size of this tunnel is quite large in Kinmen, not the volume, but the length. Despite the hot weather outside, it was cool near the tunnel entrance. If you go alone, it will be very exciting. Sometimes the tunnel is dim when walking, sometimes it is wet and slippery. All in all, it is a safe tunnel with the light on both sides.
There are also schematics and fake soldiers practicing, and I was really shocked by them at first.
These two attractions are special, they need to be booked one week in advance, and checked identity card because it is a important military base.
Qingtianting Hall, which used to be the commander. Now it is the place to do education. It is very majestic in a huge Huagang Stone Tunnel.
The special part of Mingde Park is that the first shot of August 23rd Artillery Battle was here, and three officers were killed. Yu Dawei and General Hu Wei escaped because of their late arrival, but the Minister of Defense Yu Dawei’s head also stuck a piece of artillery shell which was taken out until his death.
三、金門秘境探險(Adventure in Secret Area of Kinmen)
This collection are informal attractions, for accidental discovery or for a variety of places where you can take beautiful photos.
(一) 新湖漁港 與它的消波塊(Xinhu port and its wave breaker block)
This is the most popular IG check-in place recently. At the same time, it let me know it is hard to be a KOL.
First, we have to climb in from the outside, there is just a crumbling rusty iron ladder (it fell down after we left) and we have to cross this iron ladder. Meanwhile, a sea patrol helped us climb over this haha. After climbing over, we have to use the friction to move forward with our hands and feet, and the process is disturbed by countless sea otters.
Last,it didn’t let me down and worth climbing inside the wave breaker block.
(二) 不知名坑道 & 廢棄砲台(Unknown tunnel & abandoned cannon)
In fact, I don’t know where it is and accidentally passed by these places. It can only be said that many places in Kinmen have not been organized yet, so some places seem to be abandoned.
Hanshehua is a huge stone that looks like a torus at the seaside. Unfortunately, there was no way to see the complete receptacle, and it could only be depicted with imagination. Walking by the sea, you can see the traces of the bullet holes. I heard that it was hit across the bank and my first time so close to history.
The process of going there(beach) is a very novel experience that needs to go through the tunnel.
(四) 看飛機的秘密基地(Secret base for seeing the airplane)
When I came to Kinmen on the first day, I was taken by other Beishan helper to a place where I needed to cross over a lot of grass, and then I saw an abandoned artillery base with many slogans at the time.
The most exciting part is that we have to climb a wooden ladder that doesn’t look very firm. The process of climbing is shaking. When we climbed to the top, we saw that the planes were taking off and landing very close to us. It really needs an acquaintance to take you here!
This is the building that is seen along the road. It is also related to the management of the reservoir. Because the walls are painted in colors, it has also become an emerging hitting spot.
This is an abandoned building in Jinsha Township. The main entrance is locked, so we have to invade from the stairs next to it. It is dark inside with broken plastic and rubbish everywhere. I heard that there used to be a place where many teenagers gathered to fight, so even the door was kicked.
The most worthwhile thing to watch is the screening room. In addition to the original big video recorders, and the abandoned film scattered around. this is a very precious historical record!
In the process, there are local residents walking outside to look inside, my companion and I have to avoid the sight of the local residents which was a special experience. But still have someone to bring you inside, because you usually can not go in haha.
The special part here is that there is a “Glass Mountain”. In a closer look, it will be found that there is a piece of fist-sized stone with a bottle of Taiwanese beer that is inverted and broken in order to defense the enemy.Also, many warheads were found on the ground.
On the way we saw the tanks abandoned in the grass. In Kinmen, many tanks were abandoned like this on the roadside. In addition, may be too many tourists come here, so a fake soldier’s post is also set up for tourists to take pictures.
(八) 小金門夜景 & 貓公石(Xiao Kinmen (Lieyu Township)Night Scene & Cat stone)
Kinmen has been divided into Kinmen and XiaoKinmen which is also called Lieyu Township. Lieyu Township is closer to Xiamen, and the patron saint is mainly not the wind lion god, but the wind chicken. In XiaoKinmen customs, the blood of the white chicken with red crest can expel evil spirits and demon. Also, chicken can restrain ants.
Mainly we came to the cat stone to take pictures here. In the beginning, I thought it was a huge stone like a cat. Later, I realized that cast stone is a huge red stone. The shape is different because of water erosion. The most special part is its honeycomb-like appearance, which cannot be seen anywhere else.
The origin of “Cats” comes from Taiwanese. It is a “cat” that describes the face of a hole and a ugly man. Therefore, the stone in the hole is named “Cat Stone”.
(九)歐厝沙灘-沙灘上的戰車(Oucuo Beach and its tank)
If you want to ask the recommended beach of Kinmen, Oucuo is definitely the first place in my mind because the sand there is soft and continuous. If you can’t swim, it doesn’t matter. It is a sandbank with no stone or rock to sting your feet.
The most famous here is the tank stuck on the beach, but it was submerged quickly. Only after half a year, from the original can see the wheel to the upper half of the tank. It needs seven to eight minutes to arrive tank from the entrance. It is this tank makes Oucuo special.
(十) 新前墩雨傘巷(Umbrella Lane in XinQiandun)
It is also an IG check-in spot, which is an “Umbrella Lane” with 500 meters. The colored umbrellas are hung in the sky, especially in the background of the shine after the rain which is poetic.
When we took the picture and we found the previous air-raid shelter. We didn’t go in because We didn’t know if we could go in and there were mosquitoes and we didn’t bring mosquito repellent. I will take a look if I have next chance.
(十一) 后豐港公車亭與鱟(Houfenggang bus stop and Horseshoe Crab)
A friend met in Beishan inn, who is also the artist of the Kinmen County, Cheng Xiaodao, has her creation at the FHoufenggang bus stop in Kinmen. The first thing I saw was a big horseshoe crab, and it was a combination of male and female. It was very beautiful in the water/starry sky, and the whole bus stop was combined with Kinmen customs and features.
The most precious thing is that you can see the artist’s creation process. Although Xiaodao said it was very boring, I think it was like watching an art performance. Art is not only a finished product, but the process is also.
Xiaoda is a bold person and I like her very much. I often heard that she talked about education and social issues. She is versatile and experienced. If you has the opportunity to come to Beishan, you can meet her!
(十二) 中堡藍曬圖(Blue Print)
早期施工的工程圖複製無法使用影印（影印機是比較晚期的科技了）， 而重描又很費工，所以發展出用感光定影的複製圖面技術。 這種複製方式一直到現在，除了技術比較進步外，其實核心流程都差不多， 這也顯示了這種複製圖面方式的方便、可靠、廉價及穩定性。(資料來源:Click)
The copying of the engineering drawings of the early construction could not use photocopying (the photocopier is a relatively advanced technology), and the re-drawing was very labor-intensive, so the reproduction of the photo-fixing technology was developed. This kind of copying method has been used now. In addition to the relatively advanced technology, the core processes are similar, which also shows the convenience, reliability, low cost and stability of this copying method. (Source: Click)
There is blue prints in Tainan, but when I came to Kinmen and found it here also. You can see the blue print in the picture which shows a pool room and I heard that the display inside the house before was really a pool room with a national flag hung on the wall.
Sunrise and sunset are must be seen the scene when going to the island. We went to almost the easternmost part of the Kinmen — Fuguodun to watch the sunrise and fortunately the weather was very good with not too much cloud. The sun is the full shape of the egg yolk which is the most completed sunrise I have seen so far.
We went to the beach near Nanshan Forest Road to watch the sunset and we saw Xiamen on the opposite side, and on the other side to the port to XiaoKinmen and Xiamen. The sunset here is very beautiful, and every minute has its own scene.
(十四)陳清吉洋樓(ChenQingji Western Style House)
Here is the first western style house I went to in Kinmen. It was originally locked up. Later we could come in and there was a huge egg tree at the door. The appearance is a bit dark, but we still walked in to visit this three-story ruins.
In fact, there have been renovations here, but they have not been completed yet.The floors were made of wooden , so they are a little shaken when walking the stairs, and we were particularly careful when walking on the floor. Observing this building, the function is very complete, like the attic, the study, etc., and the details of the building are also very beautiful which seems to be expensive. If you want to see a relatively completed western style house , ChenQingji will be one of the best choices.
(十五) 塔山電廠金龜尾石頭城堡(Tashan Power Plant and its castle)
First of all, we must introduce a FB group called “Quemoy Adventure”. They will plan event on weekends for exploring secret area. The glass mountain mentioned above is also from Quemoy Adventure. This time we came to the beach of Tashan Power Plant, where was also the place where General Hu Wei was buried, and accidentally discovered the tunnel which can be used in walkway and a waterway.
After a long walk, we saw the abandoned bunker and it is suitable for sitting here for an afternoon. More, we discovered new IG check-in spots along the road and wild wind lion god.
(十六) 大帽山跟小艇坑道(Da Mao Mountain and its tunnel)
It is very adventurous here. You need to look at the tide time first. You can see a big tunnel after the tide. There is a road inside, I heard that one of them led to the military camp. The former Beishan helper was also chased by the national army, where a big escape was staged haha.
(十七) 花崗石醫院(Abandoned Hospital)
This is an abandoned hospital. I didn’t think it was terrible at first, but then I turned back to the exit while going deeper and darker,. I saw the operating room and some wards on the way. There are only three people in the moment. If you want to explore, it is recommended to be at least 6 or 7 people at a time.
(十八) 小長城-峰上巡檢司(Feng shang xun jian si)
Xun jian si is the former police station where to fight pirates. The special part here is that its walls are like the Great Wall.
四、尋找風獅爺(Search for Wind Lion God)
“Searching for the wind lion god” has become a must-do activity in Kinmen because there are currently 103 wind lion gods in Kinmen (the numbers will continue to be updated). Some wind lion gods are hidden in secret places, some are tall and mighty, and all of them looks totally different with different stories.
“Searching for Wㄥind Lion God” also became my video theme in this trip.I recommend two ways to know wind lion god more quickly.
1.Take bus(Taiwan trip)(E Route): You can see 63 wind lion gods in
Jinsha and Jinhu Township (Most of wind lion gods are in Jinsha) with 400 NTD / day.
2. Wind Lion Gods souvenir store: Mainly sells the souvenir of wind lion god and there is a big map of wind lion god allocation.
Let me introduce the wind lion god first. There are no mountains around Kinmen but hills in the central. The northeast wind is particularly strong in winter, and the vegetation has been seriously damaged due to the turmoil during wars. Thus, several villages moved to other places because of the wind and sand. In early establishment of the Wind Lion Gods were aimed at exempting from the wind and sand. Later, in combination with the custom of the Minnan, the patron saint of the town also defense typhoon , protect against ants, and transportation accidents.
那麼到底哪裡可以找到風獅爺？(Where can we find Wind Lion God?)
They are usually hidden in the village entrance of the settlement, on the roof of the traditional building, in a corner of the temple or even in an abandoned house that has been forgotten by people. Due to the different materials, shapes, craftsmanship techniques, these wind lion gods have different stories.
「尋找風獅爺不是找石頭而已，而是挖掘金門的人文風貌。」(Searching for wind lion gods isn’t finding the stone but explore Kinmen’s Humanities.)
Limited to the time I stayed in Kinmen, I can’t find out all the wind lion gods. Thus, I will introduce the wind lion who I think is special subjectively, and you can watch the video I took directly: Click.
However, it is still recommended that you personally find wind lion gods, and then we can exchange the stories and experience haha.
五、夜遊後浦-七月流火(Houpu in the night-Ghost month)
後浦每天晚上七點半都有3到5小時左右的導覽可以聽，透過夜遊認識這個小鎮，但是在分享夜遊經歷之前，先分享一個小小的因緣際會，在前面提到我是因為看到一個MV(【Taiwan Tempo Run Vol. 5 // Closer 】Oriental EDM Cover)所以對於金門開始展開想像。在後浦，我找到幾乎所有這首MV的元素，包含七月流火的燈、浯島城隍廟、閩式建築、鬼月等等，有一種想像成真的滿足感。
Houpu is the ancient name of Jincheng Township. Jincheng is also the city center of Kinmen. It is a quaint town with many monuments.
Houpu has a tour time of 3 to 4 hours every day at 7:30 in the evening. You can know this town through the night tour. Before sharing the night tour experience,I want to recall a MV mentioned before([Taiwan Tempo Run Vol. 5 // Closer] Oriental EDM Cover) which I started to imagine the Kinmen. In Houpu, I found almost all the elements of this MV, including chiyuehliuhuo light, the Yeouido City Temple, Minnan-style building, the ghost month, etc. which makes me satisfied.
夜遊行程參考(Night tour agenda)：
總兵署(Troops Headquarters)（起點 Start ）→北鎮廟(Bei Zhen Temple)→將軍第(General’s Residence)→陳氏宗祠(Chen Ancestral Shrine)→內武廟(Ne Wu Temple)→浯江書院（朱子祠)(Zhuzi Shrine)→外武廟(Houpu Wu Temple)→浯島城隍廟(Wu Dao Cheng Huang Temple)→陳詩吟洋樓(Chen shiyin’s Western Style House)→奎閣(Kuixing Tower/Kuige)→邱良功母節孝坊(Qiu Lianggong Mother Chastity Arch)→靈濟古寺(
Lingji Ancient Temple) →模範街(Mofan Street)（終點 End）
對於後浦用三個字形容：復古、閩南建築、書香味兒。(Three words describe Houpu: Old-style, Minnan-style architecture and bookish)
This is my thought after visiting Hou Pu and I will share the experience of the buildings that I was impressed with:
「清金門鎮總兵署」原是明萬曆辛丑年(西元1601年)進士許獬讀書的地方，名為「叢青軒」，清康熙十九年 (西元 1680 年) 設金門鎮總兵署，首任總兵陳龍，考量金門城經歷明末多次兵禍， 原有的千戶所城已不能使用，而后浦人丁旺盛等因素，在康熙廿一年將總兵署從金門城遷到此處，之後經過多次改建，規模也屢有擴大，後來兩側有部分拆除始成現在規模。
Troops Headquarters was originally the place where the scholars of the Ming Dynasty (1601) were named “Cong Qingxuan”. In the 19th year of Qing Dynasty(AD 1680), the Kinmen General Armament Department was set up. Chen Long, the first general in Kinmen, considered that Kinmen experienced many military disasters at the end of the Ming Dynasty. The original thousand-household city could no longer be used, and more and more people live here, the General Armed Forces moved from thousand-household City to troops headquarters nowadays. After several renovations, the scale has been expanded frequently, and later some of the two sides were demolished and now scale.
Because it is the former trick, the building complex is very “official”. There are also many fake figures and historical materials of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The special one is that there is a tree for hundreds of years near the gate and I felt the feeling of my hometown.
2. 浯島城隍廟(Wu Dao Cheng Huang Temple)
金門以前稱為「浯島」，《浯島城隍廟》 對於金門人最重要的地方父母神 — 城隍爺，每年的農曆四月十二日會舉辦「迎城隍」，城隍爺將會遶境讓所有的妖魔鬼怪都不敢現身， 金門人認為這是每年為盛大的宗教盛事，祈求未來一年的風調雨順。 浯島城隍廟為傳統閩建築格局，從山門看過去，就像是古代的官署。 黑白無常與六房司羅列在兩旁，分別是分財帛司、福德司、衡文司、採訪司、速報司、功德司，在大殿的正中央是邑主城隍爺，隔壁就是城隍爺的司法部門－解冤司。( 資料來源：金門觀光局)
Kinmen was called “Wu Dao”, “Wu Dao Cheng Huang Temple” is one of the most important gods for the Kinmen people. The annual Lunar New Year will be held on April 12, Wu Dao Cheng Huang will make all the demon ghosts do not dare to show up. The Kinmen people think that this is a grand religious event every year, praying for the good weather in the coming year. (Source: Kinmen Tourism Website)
At the same time, Wu Dao Cheng Huang Temple was built before Troops Headquarters, because it is necessary to wait for stability and ask the gods here to move without problems, in order to build other buildings.
3. 邱良功母節孝坊(Qiu Lianggong Mother Chastity Arch)
It is not easy to get a Chastity Arch. First of all, you must be widowed, nurture your children, and your children must be successful in order to be awarded this arch. In particular, there are eight lions below, only one of which is colored. I heard that this is the only female lion below, managing a group of male lions.
4. 浯江書院（朱子祠）(Zhuzi Shrine)
When I came in at the door, there was a special kind of short stone pillars made of fake stone books, which encouraged the Kinmen people to study hard. As mentioned earlier, I think that Houpu is very “bookish” because Kinmen has a lot of scholars in this place which is 1.5 times more than Taiwan in the same period and there are many Academy of Classical Learning. Zhu Zi, a famous writer at the time, also personally came to Kinmen.
5. 模範街(Mofan Street)
This street is not long, but it is full of Taiwan and China national flags on both sides. This is built by a wealthy merchant. The layout of the street houses is very neatly arranged. The continuous single arch arches have beautiful lines with the beauty of art, expected can be a model for other streets, so it is called Mofan Street.
In addition, I saw that the difference between Kinmen and Taiwan in the Ghost Month — in the Kinmen custom, every household will hang “chiyuehliuhuo light”, July in the lunar calendar is the most compassionate sacrifice month, worship the good brothers who are not worshipped. The flashing light hanging in the night are guided the good brothers who stay in the world which are especially warm and romantic.
六、尾聲(Last but not Least)
「最好的旅行不是透過旅程反思過去，而是記住學習如何享受跟體驗當下。」(The best travel is not to reflect your past but learn how to enjoy and experience present.)
The journey that original purpose is to reflect my past, but I think it is tired. What I lack is to care about the present, and every time I live in the past which is really a waste of time to think back.
In the days of Kinmen, it should be the time I have the most unburdened time. I don’t have any class, no job, no to-do-list. I meet new people every day and have the conversation with different backpackers. The only annoyance is where to go every day.
When I saw back, I had not thought about the past and worried about the uncertain future for a long time. I feel the pure happy finally. Thank you for letting me meet with Beisha where the most enthusiastic and kind people here and let me know how to enjoy the present. Sometimes, don’t care too much about winning or losing, and laugh.
“I held my breath every time
I tried to keep myself dry
But did I ask too much?
If I could do it again
Would you believe what I said That I still want that rush……” — Clean Bandit 《Stronger》
During the time I injured, I was particularly uneasy. Especially in the Haiyin Temple in Taiwu Mountain, I asked for the future work which showed not so good which made me little depressed. But when the inn’s friend took me to Guan Gong Temple to worship at night, saying that they hoped me to feel safe, I suddenly realized that I forgot to look good. There are still so many people caring about me with full of goodwill. Those fears are not ignored, but more focused on what I have now.
「害怕的同時，別忘了人心的溫暖也是真的。」(Don’t forget the warm from people around you when feeling scared.)
Thank you, Beishan. Here, I met the world’s most adventurous and crazy people which let me feel the warmth of this land again before I go to work in a foreign country for one year.