Kincheng Civil Defence Tunnels


Claustrophobes beware: Kincheng has 2.6km of wartime tunnels and you can walk 1.2km of them, but they're not much wider or taller than a large man. What makes the experience especially memorable is that two sections are pitch black: feel your way forward while bomb and gun noises blare.

Before starting, peruse the bilingual info boards in the museum room above the bus station. That's accessed via the camouflage-painted stairs on Minsheng Rd. For groups, there are several daily time slots for the walk-through, but if you're alone come at 1.30pm or 8.30pm, which are the only guaranteed departure times.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kinmen attractions

1. Mofan Street

0.12 MILES

This charming little street is lined with attractive shops behind brick-arched facades dating back to 1924.

2. Kinmen Qing Dynasty Military HQ

0.13 MILES

The oldest surviving Qing government building in Taiwan, this three-courtyard structure doubles as a passably interesting museum explaining Kinmen's place…

4. Kuei Pavilion


Backed by a couple of classic, if crumbling, western-style 1930s buildings, this 1836 pavilion-shrine to the god of literature is a dinky, hexagonal…

5. Houpo 16 Art Zone


By day it looks a little over-gentrified, but at night the junction of Juguang and Zhongxing roads is one of Kincheng's most atmospheric corners. The so…

6. Wu River Academy

0.21 MILES

This handsomely restored walled complex was originally built as a centre of learning in 1780. The two main shrine-like study rooms honour Chu Hsi, a…

7. City God Temple

0.26 MILES

Originally raised in the Qing dynasty, this Taoist delight is all you'd hope for in a fanciful Chinese temple, complete with ornate roof embellishments,…

8. Juguang Tower

0.53 MILES

This three-storey tower, built in classical Chinese form, is an iconic local landmark that has often featured on Taiwanese stamps. Yet it only dates from…