Kinmen Island has a tumultuous history, the island's defences are extensive to say the least!
Looking down on the beaches it is easy to see the rows of sea defences between concrete gun placements on every headland. I can only imagine how difficult life was here during the war, there's a story being told all over the island.
Last time I visited Kinmen was too recce the clearance of the huge number of mine fields, now 4 years later, the work has been done and the difference is incredible. The weather hasn't changed much but the work done on the island by the clearance contractors and by the local authorities is extremely impressive.
A bleak day looking down at the beach, China is on the horizon.