Jhaishan Tunnel

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Coordinates: 24°23′25.1″N 118°19′14.8″E / 24.390306°N 118.320778°E / 24.390306; 118.320778

Jhaishan Tunnel
Jhaishan Tunnel, Kinmen, Taiwan.JPG
Overview
Official name翟山坑道
LocationJincheng, Kinmen, Fujian, Republic of China
Operation
Work begun1961
Opened22 March 1966
Closed1986
Reopened1998
OperatorKinmen National Park
Technical
Length101 meters
Tunnel clearance3.5 meters
Width6 meters
Tunnel entrance signboard

The Jhaishan Tunnel (Chinese: 翟山坑道; pinyin: Zháishān Kēngdào; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chú-soaⁿ Khiⁿ-tō) is a tunnel in Jincheng Township, Kinmen County, Fujian Province, Republic of China.[1] Under the agreement of the Ministry of National Defense, the tunnel can be used by the Republic of China Armed Forces during wartime or for military exercise.[2][3]

History[edit]

The construction of the tunnel started in 1961 and completed on 22 March 1966, few years after the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1958 between the Republic of China Armed Forces and People's Liberation Army. Due to the lack of manpower and money to preserve the tunnel, it was closed and abandoned in 1986. Later on, there was a growing interest in preserving the national heritage and remembering those who fought for Kinmen, thus on 23 May 1997, the Kinmen National Park took over the management of the tunnel. The tunnel was opened to the public in 1998.[4]

Structures[edit]

The tunnel is 101 meters in length, 6 meters in width and 3.5 meters in height. There are seven rooms inside that serve as barracks. The tunnel features an A-shaped waterway with 357 meters in length, 11.5 meters in width and 8 meters in height. It was used to conceal small naval vessels.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battlefield Monuments | Kinmen National Park". Kmnp.gov.tw. 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  2. ^ "Jhaishan Tunnel".
  3. ^ Spencer, David (1 December 2017). "Taiwan's Top 10 man-made marvels". Taiwan News. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. ^ Elaine Hou. "Kinmen National Park preserves military history, natural environment". Taiwantoday.tw. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  5. ^ "Zhaishan Tunnel". Classic Kinmen Travel. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.