Taipei, March 28 (CNA) More than 20 international exchange students called on the Kinmen County government Monday during a three-day tour of the outlying island.
Deputy Kinmen Magistrate Wu Cheng-tien (吳成典) received the students and briefed them on the island's history as a battlefront in past conflicts between Taiwan and China.
Kinmen, which lies only about two kilometers east of China's Xiamen City, is a strategic location that reflects the significant changes in cross-strait relations over the years. Kinmen has gone from a battlefront to a trading point between China and Taiwan, Wu told the visiting students.
He said he hoped the students would explore the local culture, feel its beauty and take back fond memories of the island.
The students are from the United States, Britain, France, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Peru, the Netherlands and Malaysia.
They arrived in Kinmen on Sunday and toured many historic sites, including Shishan Howitzer Front, Folk Culture Village, Guningtou Battle Museum, Juguang Fort, Chien Kung Island, Cihu and Zhai Shan Tunnel.
(By Amy Huang and Lilian Wu)