One of the places where you can get a glimpse of Kinmen 金門 during its military period is at Yang Zhai Old Street 陽翟老街. This was once a bustling street built in 1958 after the 823 Artillery Bombardment when 100,000 soldiers were stationed in Kinmen. After the army left, it was left derelict with only a few stores continuing to operate. Acclaimed Taiwanese director brought new life to this place by choosing it as one of the key scenes for his movie Paradise in Service軍中樂園, sprucing it up and returning it to its past glory. Plus – it’s an awesome place for photo-taking :)
陽翟老街 Yang Zhai Old Street
Tel: (082) 324 174
Address: 金門縣金沙鎮光前里陽翟1 號
By Bus – Take Bus No. 18 or 31 from Sha Mei Bus Station 沙美车站. Alight at Yang Zhai 陽翟车站stop .
1) Jin Sha Station 金沙车站 -> Huan Dao Dong Lu 环岛东路 -> Yan Zhai Gong Che Ting 陽翟公车亭 -> Make a left turn and you are there
2) Jin Cheng Shi Qu 金城市区 -> Huan Dao Bei Lu 环岛北路 -> Gao Keng 高坑 -> Turn right into Gao Yang Lu 高阳路 -> Turn right at Huan Dao Dong Lu Yi Duan环岛东路一段 into Yang Zhai Gong Che Ting陽翟公车亭 -> Make a left turn and you are there
If you have been to a banquet in Taiwan, you would probably have said “gan bei 干杯” with a shot (or more) of Kaoliang/sorghum wine高粱酒. The iconic liquor is a must-try for any visitor to Taiwan, and I was fortunate enough to be invited for a tour of 金門酒廠 Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc. which produces one of the most popular brands of kaoliang in Taiwan.
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc.
Address: No.1 Tao Yuan Road , Kin Ning Shiang, Kinmen County 892, Taiwan 金門縣金寧鄉桃園路一號
See here for directions
Tel：+886 82 32 5628
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00AM to 12:00PM; 1:30PM to 5:30PM
Guided Tours: 8:30AM to 11:30AM; 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Places of Interest:
– Scenic Park
– Museum of Liquor History
– Welfare Department (this is actually the retail shop, what a name! LOL)
Recommended Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Visiting Kinmen? This map of Kinmen will be useful for you (Source: Kinmen County website).