Beishan Broadcasting Tower (aka Beishan Broadcasting Wall) is a tower on the north central coast of Kinmen used by the military to broadcast messages, propaganda, and music across Xiamen harbor to communists on the other side. The tower still sends broadcasts daily, and is a unique wartime relic that is definitely worth visiting.
The tower has 48 speaker holes and can broadcast up to 25 kilometers away. The tower was built as part of "physiological warfare" to the other side. Every day the broadcasting tower still plays messages to China, including Teresa Teng's music (鄧麗君), a Taiwanese singer who was one of the most influential and famous Mandarin speaking singers of her time.
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Check out our drone footage above!
Our first view of the tower from the parking lot. The tower does not appear on Google Maps, but if you go to the north west part of the Beishan peninsula you will be sure to find it. It's quite prominent with regards to the rest of the landscape.
Map of the trail around the northern cliffs.
Guningtou's "Maogongshi" Coast
"On the north coast of Kinmen Island, from Guningtou's Nanshan and Beishan east to Longkou and Housha. a series of reddish-brown to dark red rocks with vesicular holes on the surface can be seen scattered across the beach and tidal zone. These are commonly called maogongshi (beehive rocks).
These maogongshi formed in this area mainly because kaolin sand-stone of an ancient river was weathered and was then subject downwards leaching by the iron in the red clay layer that covered it.Eventually, pinthite was formed by the cementing of ferric oxide, quartz sand and clay. Rocks fallen from the cliff were then subject to wave erosion, removing the clay and leaving hard rocks with vesicular surfaces.
Te maogongshi on the seashore are different in size and shape and have a variety of colors, decorating the natural coastline while standing guard over the odd military bunker and the lines of anti-landing spikes. creating a beautiful scene. These solid, hard rocks are also good natural wave breaker blocks that protect the north coast and are thus worth cherishing.
Small bay in front of the tower with maogongshi rocks.
All 48 speakers!
I guess here you can talk to the Chinese people on the other side, but when I went the microphone was turned off.
View of the speakers from the inside.
View through one of the speaker holes.
The upper stories of the building are closed off, and it appears that most of the speaker holes are empty.
Bird's eye view of the tower.
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