Updated on: June 30, 2018
Xiyu West Fort 西嶼西臺 sits within Xinyu township of Penghu county and is one of the approximate 10 fortresses erected with the imperial edict from Qing dynasty Emperor Kuang Hsu to protect Taiwan and deter the advances of hostile pirates and other mercenary folks who may try to do harm or damage to their villagers.
Spanning over 8 hectares of land, Xiyu west fort is by far the largest and most well preserved fortress despite the years that have gone by.
This ancient fort is a military base with an extremely ideal location. With cliffs at the back providing a secure backing, the area within is spacious enough to create many tunnels leading to different chambers to accommodate thousands of soldiers. Should you ever think that being inside a fort is boring, shame on you! Xiyu west fort provides a charming sea view for those willing to stay inside the fort to protect their homeland.
While this magnificent fort was of vital importance in protecting the homeland and inhabitants of Taiwan, in current peaceful days, Xiyu west fort is more of a tourism attraction for locals and tourists alike to admire the amazing capabilities within mankind to build such a complex fort structure, what are its key components as well as its functions during tumultuous times.