Lake Cih 慈 湖
Lake Cih is located at the northwest corner of Kinmen. The original place is the entrance of Lake Shuangli (Two Carps). In 1969, Ma An-lan, the commander of the Kinmen Defense Command, initiated(1) the construction and finished it the following year. Lake Cih's causeway(2) was also built with a view to combine war-preparedness, transportation, and people's livelihood.(3) Lake Cih's causeway is also called the Great Wall Bridge. It measures about 550m in length and connects Jinchen city and Kuningtou village together. Separating Lake Cih and the sea, the causeway makes the lake half saltwater and half fresh water. The lake's waterway leads directly to the sea, and fish and shrimp are so abundant(4) that fishermen gather here now and then.
Around Lake Cih is a wetland where there are fish farms, swamps, trees, and so on, making this the largest habitat(5) for migratory birds in Kinmen. Inside the bird-watching area, different species of birds gather and form an ideal place for bird ecology(6) as well as one of the best bird-watching spots in Kinmen. The bird species of Lake Ci normally include cormorants, goose-ducks, storks, ibis, and many others.
Lake Cih faces Little Kinmen and the Chinese Mainland across the sea. Besides bird-watching, visitors can also catch a glimpse of Little Kinmen and the Mainland. At dusk, taking a walk and viewing the sea is most favorable(7) and highly enjoyable. Accompanied by the whispering waves and the starry night sky when there is little light interference, lovers just cannot help but enjoy their date around Lake Cih.