Cihou Fort
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,717 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This first was built in the late 19th century in the terminal period of Qing rule, to defend against Japanese aggression. Ultimately it surrendered after barely putting up a fight. The fort is undergoing restoration. The walls and rooms are all in excellent condition, but bare and there's not much in the way of documentation. The fort does offer great views over the coastal parts of the island and also leads the hiking paths and lighthouse.
Written 1 May 2024
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Steven S
Pattaya, Thailand779 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I wouldn't place it at the top of my desired attractions. If it wasn't for the fact that the explanatory signage included english and you are afforded a great view over Cijin beach I would have found it pretty bland and boring. But it's free so that is a plus.
Written 7 November 2023
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore9,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
The visit to this historic Qihou fort conjure up images of the surrender of Singapore (my country) by the defeated British colonial forces to the ruthless invading Imperialist Japanese Army during the Second World War.

Prior to the outbreak of the war, the British forces had confidently constructed in Singapore what Sir Winston Churchill described as the most formidable and `impenetrable' fortress in the Far East guarded by the most invincible armed forces.

But this `impenetrable' fortress collapsed and was crushed to pieces in less than few weeks under the intensive brutal bombardment by the invading Japanese Imperialist Air Force and the `invincible' British army readily surrendered Singapore to the Japanese.

The history of Cihou Fort bears the same dent of historic defeat. It was constructed by the Qing Dynasty with the technical expertise from the British and confidently inscribed the four characters of `Di Jhu Tian Nan' (Great Store holds the Southern Sky) at the entrance to the battery. Like the fortress in Singapore, it was supposed to be `impenetrable' to defend Taiwan from any invading forces but the fort was smashed and destroyed by the invading Japanese Imperial naval forces in only few days at the Battle of Yiwei in 1895.

It was remarkable that the local patriotic troops fought on but were instantly killed by the landing Japanese soldiers. Following the defeat of Qing China to Japan in the Sino-Japanese War, Taiwan was ceded to Japan by the Treaty of Shimonoseki.

History always repeat itself in many episodes: the humiliating destruction of the Cihou Fort and the Fort of Singapore both nail down the same historic lesson: Always be on the vigilance, upgrade and modernize your defense forces and strengthen your economy. When your country is rich and strong and the people takes ownership, you construct the most `impenetrable' fortress guarded by the most invincible army.

As I look at the dilapidated condition of this fortress and gazed at the distant sea view and the beautiful sunset, I wonder how many visitors know the historical significance of this fort.

I think there should be a monument erected for those patriotic soldiers who continued to hold the fort, fought on with the Japanese and sacrificed their lives despite the surrender of the Qing Dynasty. Their sacrifice shall continue to live in the memory of every peace loving individuals.
Written 15 December 2015
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limww
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is a historical site with partial rebuilt. I didn't find it particularly interesting but I had spent quite a bit of time sitting there to view the sunset (weather was good that day). From that height, one could capture a good view of the beach down there too. There were many photographers with sophisticated equipments stood by to shoot the sunset.

When nightfall, the view of the lit up town down there and the lightings of the opposite bank were a pleasant surprise.

There is actually a path from the Fort that leads to the back gate of the Kaohsiung Lighthouse area. There are drink vending machines and restrooms at the Lighthouse area but it closes around 6.30pm.
Written 24 April 2019
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yesjasontan
Singapore, Singapore50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Cihou Fort is only about a 5-minute walk from Cihou Lighthouse. It was constructed in 1876 and turned into a Municipal Historic Site in 1995. Like the lighthouse, it sits atop a hill and offers great views of the ocean and island.
Written 13 October 2018
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YW
Singapore, null, Singapore180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We cycled to the bottom of the hill, parked our bikes there and walked up to the fort. The view of Cijin Island from the top of the fort is awesome! You could see the beach too. It's a stunning view :D
Written 14 September 2014
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Snowisfree
Kaohsiung, Taiwan7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
Not sure where the title of this location came from, it is actually an old fort on the top of a hill on Cijin (Chichin) Island. The hike to get up there is a little steep - I made the mistake of heading up at noon on a hot day. But it was worth it! Beautiful view out into the ocean, of the beach, and you can see almost the whole island and a lot of the city on the other side. The historical aspect is cool too.

If you take the path that connects the fort to the lighthouse (it goes down along one wall into the trees) you will also see some old tumble-down stone buildings overgrown with trees and vines. Not sure what they were used for, probably part of either the fort or lighthouse. The lighthouse is worth a visit too, and by taking that path you can get there without having to hike down and back up the hill again.

Definitely worth it.
Written 7 June 2013
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arjun_stc
Singapore74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
A bit of a climb from street level, but excellent view of the sea and Kaohsiung city and Cijin island from here.
Written 17 May 2017
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Chun pang L
207 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Hiding amongst several temples, food street and metro station, you need to find extra minute to search the location, which directory sign was not clear, and the battery base was either not well protected. You would find quite disappointing reaching there.
Written 26 March 2017
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B_from_Singapore
153 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016
Just an empty building. Nothing much but its a nice place for photos. You can climb to the roof and look out to the sea. The view is quite breathtaking. On the other side you can see Qijing city. I would recommend that you rent a double electrical bicycle (with a sunshade on top) and take it for a spin along the beach. Highlight of my trip to Qijing.
Written 7 December 2016
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