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Old Posted Nov 25, 2020, 6:42 AM
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2018 - Kinmen, Taiwan
This small territory within viewing distance of Xiamen was a major frontline in the Chinese civil war. 100,000 Nationalist soldiers were once stationed here in the 1950s anticipating and repelling the Communist invasion. It was off limits to visitors until fairly recently, which meant its laid-back lifestyle and historical architecture have survived. The irony is Xiamen is far more prosperous on the other side of the strait now and Kinmen has become a novelty day trip option for them to see life on the other side of the divide.

I stayed in the village of Qionglin away from the tourist crowds. There are many preserved Fujian-style houses, shrines, and ancestral halls, some of which have become B&Bs offering a very interesting and authentic experience in local life.

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