Tourist: How long are we going to stay in Little Kinmen?
Tour Guide: We are going to stay here for about three hours, enough time to finish sightseeing and have lunch here.
Tourist: Wow! Can we finish all the scenic sites in just three hours?
Tour Guide: Probably. The island is less than 15 k㎡ in area, almost as big as "Green Island," an offshore island of Taiwan. So we should be able to complete the tour around the island before noon.
Tourist: Can we tour by bike?
Tour Guide: Excellent idea, but only if we have plenty of time. Because Little Kinmen has a special "tank road," or "shore-line road", on which biking is favorable.
Tourist: A "tank road" or "shore-line road"? Why is that?
Tour Guide: During the early stages of the battles, Kinmen had a shortage of construction materials. When building the road, concrete material was available only for the wheel tracks on both sides, while the middle of the road was filled with stones. This sort of road was convenient for tanks, so that's how it was named. And because the road circles along the coastline of the island, it is also called "shore-line road".
Tourist: What scenic sites in here are different from those we've seen in Kinmen?
Tour Guide: Well, since Little Kinmen is very close to Xiamen, you can see the construction sites of the opposite Xiamen City by using those binocular facilities in Hujingtou Battle Museum. At the General Temple of Shanglin Village you can even see clearly the mainlanders' fishing boats and the houses of Xiamen without using any vision enhancement.(1)
Tourist: Really? Is the mainland that close?
Tour Guide: It sure is. You will find out soon enough.
Tourist: Any other special sites?
Tour Guide: Yes, "Linshuei Lake" is another famous site which provides the best place for migratory(2) birds. It's also the biggest wetland of Little Kinmen. Various sorts of water creatures and an abundance of waterweeds(3) flourish(4) in the lake. Just as the lake attracts migratory birds, so the birds attract bird watchers.
Tourist: Do they have local food specialties?
Tour Guide: Yes, one of the most famous specialties of Little Kinmen is "taro." The specialty of "taro with pork" could be the most popular of all.
Tourist: Where can we taste this course?
Tour Guide: We'll be able to eat it at the restaurant where we have lunch.