Jiangong Islet

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Jiangong Islet
Native name:
建功嶼
Jiangong Island - DSCF9484.JPG
Jiangong Islet is located in Taiwan
Jiangong Islet
Jiangong Islet
Taiwan
Geography
LocationJincheng, Kinmen, Taiwan
Coordinates24°25′38.8″N 118°18′00.3″E / 24.427444°N 118.300083°E / 24.427444; 118.300083Coordinates: 24°25′38.8″N 118°18′00.3″E / 24.427444°N 118.300083°E / 24.427444; 118.300083
Total islands1
Area500 m2 (5,400 sq ft)

The Jiangong Islet (Chinese: 建功嶼; pinyin: Jiàngōng Yǔ) is a tidal islet in Jincheng Township, Kinmen County, Fujian Province, Republic of China.[1]

History[edit]

The islet was originally named Chu Islet. In 1949, the Republic of China Armed Forces occupied the islet and built the Lion Fort, Andutou and Koxinga Shrine Barracks. In 1960, the Ministry of the Interior approved the renaming of the islet to become Jiangong Islet.

On 20 October 1997, the Kinmen Defense Command withdrew military personnel from the islet and Kinmen County Government resumed control of it. In 2002, the county government began restoring the area and opened to promote tourism. In September 2016, the islet was damaged by Typhoon Meranti, it was subsequently repaired with a cost of NT$6,410,000. The island was closed for reconstruction starting 20 December 2017,[2] it was then reopened to the public in end of February 2018.[3]

Geology[edit]

The island has an area of 500 m2;[4] the island is connected to main Kinmen island by a causeway which only appears in low tide. Numerous incidents of visitors trapped on the island when the tide was wrong have occurred since the island opened to visitors.[5]

Features[edit]

The island has a statue of Koxinga which was built in 1968 to commemorate the Ming Dynasty hero who led the resistance against Manchurian invaders; the islet also has a viewing platform offers a view of the surrounding area.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tripadvisor.ca/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g1152699-d6554193-i107524790-Jiangong_Island-Kinmen.html
  2. ^ Salmonsen, Renée (13 December 2017). "Kinmen Islet set to reopen on March 8". Taiwan News. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ Huang, Hui-min; Wang, Flor (26 February 2018). "Kinmen reopens Jiangong Islet to public". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Jiangong Island".
  5. ^ 金門建功嶼賞景遇漲潮 3遊客受困, 中時電子報, 2017-04-14