The Fort was completed in 1896 as part of the coastal defense of Xiamen. Before entering the fort you should take advantage of a spectacular view of the ocean and coast line. Xiamen is a beautiful tourist city. Thanks to its picturesque scenery and abundant foods, it is home to a large number of egrets, hence the name 'Egret Island'. Located in the southeastern coastal area of China, Xiamen is linked with Zhangzhou, presenting the landscape of the Golden Triangle in South Fujian, and faces Jinmen across the sea. The city has a sub-tropical maritime climate, and it is like spring all the year around. With various kinds of beautiful flowers, a great number of egrets flying leisurely and carefree, Xiamen is an ideal holiday resort, a paradise for tourists.
The Hulishan Fortress was first constructed in the 20th year of the Guangxu reign of the Qing Dynasty, with an area of over 70,000 square meters. The auxiliary equipments include the eastern and western platforms to protect the fort, tunnels, ammunition depot, barracks, residence of officers and observation tower at the hilltop. The semi-bunker and semi-wall fort shows the European style, as well as the architectural style of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The cannon, known as the King of Cannons, was purchased from the Krupp Munitions Plant in Germany. It is the oldest and largest coastal cannon on the original site in the world, and was included in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records.