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The Shanhou settlement comprises Dingbao, Zhongbao and Xiabao three villages. The eminent Shanhou Folk Culture Village refers to the Zhongbao village. Established in 1900 during the Qing Dynasty, this village was the first in Kinmen to be open to tourists. The village consists of 16 traditional two-wings households, constructed in a symmetrical pattern, plus an ancestral shrine and school. The 18 buildings are jointly called the “Shanhou Zhongbao 18 residences.”

Must-see site when visiting Kinmen

All 18 households sit in the mountains looking over the sea, and are arranged in a neat, ordering fashion, in three rows, creating a delicate and complete Southern Fujian styled architecture. Visitors’ favorite is to stand between the rows, capturing the magnificent composition of the horseback, mountainous walls, tails of swallows and the blue sky with the cameras, keeping forever the art work built by six ingenious Chinese architects. This is one of the must-visit sights in Kinmen.

Taiwan Travel:Attraction -Shanhou Folk Culture Village|TaiwanDay
Taiwan Travel:Attraction -Shanhou Folk Culture Village|TaiwanDay

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The village was designed in a checkerboard pattern with buildings sitting in orderly rows. In traditional checkerboard designs, buildings may be arranged in a horizontally or vertically symmetrical manner. At the Shanhou village, however, the buildings are both horizontally and vertically aligned, demonstrating extremely discreet orders. On the front porch of every building there are stone-paved courtyards, mostly surrounded by short walls. This shows that it is a high density community. The checkerboard design helps defend foreign invasion, while also providing ventilation and temperature control during summers.

Most of the households at the Shanhou village are traditional two-wings buildings. To the east is Xu-bai Bay, to the north is Tong-ge Bay, and to the southwest is Meiren Mountain, which is also where one the most famous cape in Kinmen is located. Hen-she-haun cape used to be an artillery front facing toward China. Legend has it that when Chen Yuan took people with 12 different surnames to raise horses on Kinmen, the Wang family was one of them. During the end of Song Dynasty and the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty, Wang Jin-shi moved into Dingbao village at Shanhou, laying the foundation for the future development of the Wang family in the area.

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