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Cijin Lighthouse

Scan the panoramic views of Cijin Beach and mainland Taiwan from the top of this lighthouse on a charming island.

The Cijin Lighthouse is a majestic structure steeped in history. British architects designed and built the tower on Cijin Island in 1883 to guide boats in the Taiwan Strait. It no longer functions as a lighthouse but it remains an intriguing destination due to its aesthetic appeal. Admire its whitewashed façade and elegant portal with the octagonal tower rising from its center.

Climb the outdoor steps to reach the base of the lighthouse atop a steep hill. Take a break in the spacious plaza in front of the structure after clambering up the hill. Sit with a picnic or read a book in the serene environment.

Capture photos of the white lighthouse and its black peak and balcony. Reach the top of the tower to enjoy views of Taiwan’s mainland across the water. You can see the harbor and the Former British Consulate at Takao.

Try fresh seafood from one of the nearby restaurants after exploring the rest of the island. Look around the barracks at the Cihou Fort, a historic site that has protected Taiwan for centuries. Spend the afternoon strolling around the tiny Cijin Island to see its many forts and visit its beaches, most of which are ideal for surfing.

The Qing Dynasty constructed the site in the 1800s due to increased commercial shipping avenues. British engineers initially built a redbrick structure, but the lighthouse was given a Baroque makeover in 1918 with more modern appliances and white walls. Visit during its open hours, from morning through late afternoon, Tuesday to Sunday.

To reach the Cijin Lighthouse, take the metro to Sizihwan Station on Taiwan’s west coast. From there, walk a few minutes to the harbor and take a low-cost ferry across the water to Cijin Island. The lighthouse stands at the northern peak of the island, next to Cijin Beach and Cihou Fort.


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