The island of Quemoy, which with Matsu is Taiwan's closest land area to the People's Republic of China, was once described as the world's most heavily-bombarded island.
GV PAN People's Republic of China shoreline from Quemoy island.
MV Tourists down aircraft steps and greeted (3 shots)
GV Visitors enter coaches
GV Visitors approach Quemoy Defence Commend building.
GV INT Visitors receive lecture inside (5 shots)
GV Military escort takes visitors to bunker position (2 shots)
SCU Visitors look through binoculars
GV PAN People's Republic of China coastline
CU Visitors take photographs (2 shots)
LV People's Republic of China.
GV & SVs Visitors and soldiers in lookout post
GV Visitors look across to People's Republic of China.
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Background: The island of Quemoy, which with Matsu is Taiwan's closest land area to the People's Republic of China, was once described as the world's most heavily-bombarded island. Now, according to this official film released by the Taiwan Government's Chinese Information Service, it is becoming a tourist attraction. Quemoy is a mile and a quarter (approximately 2 Kms) from the Chinese coast.
SYNOPSIS: From the Taiwanese island of Quemoy, the shoreline of the People's Republic of China is a mile and a quarter away. Quemoy was once described as the most heavily-bombed island in the world. But now, according to Taiwan's Chinese Information Service, it's becoming a tourist attraction. As shown in this official film, a party of French visitors recently toured the island.
After they flew in on a special charter from the island of Taiwan, a hundred miles to the east, the visitors went to Quemoy Defence Command building. Guides there said that Quemoy with Matsu is important to Taiwan's security. They were told that Quemoy's military force ties up some 40,000 troops of the People's Republic of China. From there, the tourists were taken to the coastal bunkers.
In 1958, guns from the People's Republic of China reportedly fired 10,000 artillery rounds a day at Quemoy for 44 days.
Now, it's said the Chinese fire leaflets onto Quemoy every other night. They Quemoy garrison returns the fire with their leaflets.
But to Taiwan, the island is important--in addition to putting alleged pressure on China's land forces, the island's guns are said by Taiwan to be able to prevent any shipping from using the nearby Chinese port of Amoy. Visitors, such as students, are allowed to make only daytime tours. According to the Taiwan Government, however, that despite the proximity of the People's Republic of China, Quemoy's civilian population has increased.