As I mentioned before, my first trip to Kinmen 金門 was good, but it was long before Google Maps, widespread internet information, and Instagram. I enjoyed myself of course, but I really had to get back.
So I went back in the fall of 2016. And really did a better job of exploring the awesome island and had a little help from friends of course.
While I was in Kinmen an Instagram friend contacted me and said I know of a thing that you may be interested in seeing but you can only see it during low tide. I was like, oh yeah, I gotta see that. I didn’t even know what it was and was like send me the info.
Well as you can tell it was for an old beached M18 Hellcat tank.
These tanks were sold to the Republic of China and used in the defense of Kinmen. I am not sure how this tank actually got stuck on the beach or when. It could have gotten stuck in the sand and left, or maybe used for a decoy. I’m not really sure how.
To see the tank you have to go to Oacuo beach 歐厝沙灘 during low tide, So find out the tide schedule. I went during sunrise and really liked that time because there were people working on the beach me, and no one else.
You have to walk along the beach for a bit, but you can watch the fishers as you walk and enjoy the sunrise.
This tank is quite popular on Instagram now and pretty easy to find. Remember that you have to go during low tide though.