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Epicentre of the Cold War
Kinmen, a place seemingly forgotten by both Mainland China and Taiwan. Just 2km off the coast of Xiamen, Kinmen is part of Taiwan and used to be at the forefront of the conflict between the two sides. Take it as a blessing for us though, because being at the frontline means a lack of modern development and therefore many traditional houses (and culture) are well-preserved. Let’s learn about Kinmen's fascinating history and experience its local culture together! Kinmen used to be like any other sleepy fishing villages along the coast of Fujian, with many Minnan (Southern Fujian) style houses dating from the Qing Dynasty. It all changed in 1949, when the Nationalist retreated from the Mainland and setup Kinmen as the forefront of the civil war with the Communist. The conflict persisted for the next 30 years, giving rise to various war monuments such as underground bunkers, command centers and huge loudspeakers blasting propaganda to the enemy. Since the 1980s, Kinmen has been slowing recovering from the war. Ingenious locals are making good use of the war relics: from using spent artillery shells fired from the Mainland to make meat cleavers, to using underground bunkers to store the famous Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor. The highlight of this trip will be staying at a tastefully refurbished Minnan style guesthouse, which used to be a primary school for the village. We can sip tea (or liqor!) and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at the courtyard in the middle of the mansion! Last but not least, this time we will try the special fruits theme cuisine, mixing fruits of the season with local seafood! (1) Rough highlights - Understand the Minnan architecture and culture at the Sanhou cultural village - Visit the fascinating fusion style mansions built by returning overseas Chinese - Learn about the history of civil war at the war museum - Explore the bunkers at tiny Jiangong island, located at the very frontline facing Mainland China - Experience the 60s; explore a street full of rare Nationalist's propaganda messages and old school shops - Learn how the spent artillery shell is made into a meat cleaver *The above itinerary and pictures is only a rough guide and the actual itinerary might vary slightly. In any case, we strive to bring you the best possible experience based on the actual ground situation. (2) Requirements to sign up for the trip? - Passport with at least 7 months' validity - Valid visa to China (double or multiple entries visa) - Valid visa to Taiwan (depends on your nationality) - Entry permit to Taiwan (if applicable) - Return home permit (if applicable) - HK ID card (if applicable) (3) What to expect for the trip? - Take high speed train from Shenzhen to Xiamen (return trip as well) - Return ferry from XIamen to Kinmen - Stay 2 nights in boutique guesthouse (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) - Private chartered minivan for 3 days - Meals (Day 1 D, Day 2 B+L+D, Day 3 B+L) - Local guide explanation (4) How to join this trip? Please sign up on the waiting list. Once you have made bank transfer of HK$4,800, I will move you to the RSVP list. (Please ask me for bank account details) (5) Cancellation and refund policy - In case of bad weather such that the train service is cancelled, we will postpone or cancel the trip and you will receive a full refund (in case of trip cancellation) - Please take note that the event date is subjected to change or cancellation if there are insufficient attendees and you will receive a full refund (in case of trip cancellation) - The trip payment is non-refundable in all other situations - If you are late for the trip by more than 5 minutes, we will not wait and there will be no refund If you have any queries, please contact me at [masked] or phone/sms at[masked]. Disclaimer: NineXplorer is an amateur casual adventure group that welcomes anyone with a basic level of fitness. By joining this event, you are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the tour leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the walks from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Members joining our activities are at their own choosing and at their own risk. I do not own the pictures listed above.

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(1) Fuel your sense of adventure through exploring off-the-beaten-track places

(2) Experience the local culture and understand its history

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