Century-old Kinmen lighthouse shines again

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/07/23
By: Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) A lighthouse of the island of Kinmen, which was shut down in 1951 after the Chinese Civil War, was lit up for the first time in decades at a ceremony on Sunday and will again guide ships traveling across the Taiwan Strait.

Wuchiu Lighthouse was constructed in 1874 and was damaged in 1948 during the civil war between the Kuomintang (KMT)-led government of the Republic of China and the Communist Party of China (CPC).

In 1951, Taiwan decided to shut down the lighthouse as part of its military strategy amid tensions with China but continued to carry out routine maintenance work on it.

In 2001, the lighthouse was officially shut down after it was placed under the jurisdiction of the Taiwan military.    [FULL  STORY]

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