AttractionsTaiwan’s Dadan Island in outlying Kinmen County opens to public.

Tourists get to peek at a former military-controlled island

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Tourists can get a peek at a former military-owned broadcast station on Taiwan’s Dadan Island when the island opens to visitors on March 1. Photo Credit: KCG
Tourists will soon be able to explore a former military-controlled island in Taiwan’s outlying Kinmen County when it opens to public on March 1, according to the local government.

Dadan Island was home to several historically important military installations during the Battle of Guningtou in 1949 and the Artillery Bombardment of August 23, 1958. 

Following a successful trial last year, the 0.79-sqkm island can accept 150 tourists a day, Taiwan Today reported.

Among the attractions is a wall with a giant psychological warfare slogan as well as a military broadcast station built in the 1950s.

The island is accessible via a ferry service from Kinmen’s Lieyu Township, the local government said.

To visit, travellers must apply at least 15 days beforehand and join a tour group with admission priced at NT$1,500 (US$49), which includes transport, food and guides.

Visitors can also take home a series of creative souvenirs inspired by the local legend of a chicken said to cry out a warning when enemy bombing raids were imminent during the 1950s. 

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