Beihai Tunnel (Nangan)

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Coordinates: 26°8′35.06″N 119°55′44.88″E / 26.1430722°N 119.9291333°E / 26.1430722; 119.9291333

Beihai Tunnel entrance
Beihai Tunnel interior

The Beihai Tunnel (Chinese: 北海坑道; pinyin: Běihǎi Kēngdào is a tunnel in Nangan Township, Lienchiang County, Fujian Province, Republic of China. It is located between Ren-ai Village and Meishi Village. The tunnel runs from Tieban Coast deep into the heart of the hills in lattice shape.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The tunnel was constructed in 1969-1971 by the Republic of China Armed Forces for ships to avoid bad weather and attacks. It took 820 days for the tunnel to be completed which were mostly done by hand, with some exception of small amount of explosive. Some of the workers lost their lives during the construction process. At that time, the tunnel could harbor 120 small naval vessels but it was badly damaged after a severe typhoon hit the area.

After the return of Matsu Islands from military to civilians in 1992, the tunnel was remodeled and opened to the public in 2000.[4]

Geology[edit]

The tunnel is 700 meters in length. It goes deep into the granite mountain and there is a waterway with 18 meters in height, 10 meters in width and 640 meters in length. Water inside the tunnel goes as deep as 6 meters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beihai Tunnel (Nangan) - Matsu National Scenic Area". Matsu-nsa.gov.tw. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Taiwan Beihai Tunnel". Eng.taiwan.net.tw. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "北海坑道(南竿) - 馬祖國家風景區全球資訊網". Matsu-nsa.gov.tw. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Chien, Chao-fu; Hetherington, William (14 May 2017). "Matsu tunnel claims the cellphones of 30 visitors". Taipei Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017.