廈門到金門 Xiamen to Jinmen
Off the coast of Xiamen, a mere 1.8km away, is Jinmen. Jinmen (often referred to as Kinmen in English on the Taiwan side) is in Fujian province but under the control of the government in Taiwan.
I know that there is a direct link there allowing people from Taiwan to travel back and forth between Kinmen and Xiamen by boat. I decided to look up if foreigners could do the same – I do have the appropriate visas to go back and forth between the two. I cannot go directly though – I would need to go to Hong Kong, then Taipei or Gaoxiong, and then to Jinmen.
For Chinese people from Fujian province, it actually seems possible, according to this Baidu answers post (in simplified Chinese). The post says people need to have a residency permit from Fujian, if they go can only see Jinmen (not other places under control of Taiwan), can bring up to 5000USD or 20,000RMB, and can only stay for 2-7 days. Fujianese people I have talked to don’t seem to know about it though… they only know about a boat that allows people to see Jinmen, but doesn’t stop at Jinmen to let people off and visit the island.
It is kind of annoying I cannot go directly, since I can see Jinmen from here… reminds me of the time I could not travel into Myanmar because of a border spat between Thailand and Myanmar. I could, at that time, climb a hill to look onto the Burmese side. Since there are a lot of hills in the middle of Xiamen, I can do the same for Jinmen.