Lighthouses of China: Pútián, Fújiàn

The Chinese province of Fújiàn (formerly spelled Fukien or Fuchien) is located on the southeastern coast of the country, facing Taiwan across the Taiwan (Formosa) Strait. The coastline is rugged and irregular, with many islands and reefs threatening unwary navigators. This page covers the prefectural-level city of Pútián on the central coast of the province.

The Wūqiū (Wuchiu) Islands off the coast of Pútián have been under the administration of the Republic of China government on Taiwan since 1949. The lighthouse of Wūqiū is described on the Matsu and Kinmen page.

Lighthouses in China are maintained by the PRC Maritime Safety Administration. The administration is organized in four regional administrations, with district offices in the major ports. All the lights on this page are maintained by the Xiamen MSA office, which is part of the Shànghǎi Region.

The pinyin system for transliterating Chinese into Latin characters is now the international standard, but some locations continue to be known also under the spellings of older transliteration systems. The Chinese word for a lighthouse is dēngtǎ (灯塔). In pinyin jiāo (formerly chiao) is a reef or rock, jiǎo is a cape or headland, dǎo (tao) is an island; (tsu) is a small island, wān is a bay and gǎng (kang) is a harbor.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. CN numbers are the serial numbers used by the Shànghǎi regional office of MSA. Admiralty numbers are from volume F of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Navigation Aids Search
The Shànghǎi MSA provides this access to its database of information on navigational aids: enter a range of CN numbers in the lower pair of boxes and click on the search box below. All information is in Chinese.
Lighthouse Appreciation
This portfolio of photos was posted by the Wēnzhōu MSA office in Zhèjiāng Province.
Chinese English Pinyin Dictionary
A useful tool for juggling the representations of Chinese names.
China AMS Topographic Maps
A fine collection of U.S. Army Map Service maps of China, in English, posted by the University of Texas Library.

Jianyu Light
Jiànyǔ Light, Pútián
PRC MSA Shànghǎi Region photo

Xīnghuà Bay Lighthouses
Note: Xīnghuà Bay is a broad sound on the east side of Pútián. Lighthouse on the north side of the bay are described on the Píngtán Area page.
Cǎoyǔ (Tǔwěijiǎo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the northern tip of a small island in the southwest corner of Xīnghuà Bay, just off Pútián. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3039.
Xīgàobēi (West Gàobēi)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14.5 m (48 ft); white flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) square cylindrical white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the northeastern tip of an island off the south coast of Xīnghuà Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3037.
Dōnggàobēi (East Gàobēi)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) square pyramidal white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the northern tip of an island about 1.25 km (3/4 mi) east of Xīgàobēi. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3036.
Àiyǔ (Àidǎo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet about 8 km (5 mi) east of Dōnggàobēi in Xīnghuà Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3035.

Nánrì Passage Lighthouses
Note: These lights guides vessels in the passage between Nánrì Island and the mainland.
Niúyǔ (Niú Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 30.5 m (100 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view (this view may show an earlier and smaller light). Located on a small island in the passage between Nánrìdǎo and the mainland. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3050.4; Admiralty F3627.913.
Shíchéng Dàyǔ
2005. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 8 m (26 ft) hexagonal white concrete tower. No photo available, and the light is apparently too recent to appear in Google's satellite view. Located on a small island in the passage between Nánrìdǎo and the mainland, about 4 km (2.5 mi) south of the Niúyǔ light. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3050.6; Admiralty F3627.911.
Shíchéng Dōngwěijiāo (Dōngwěi Jiāo) (2)
2006 (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white flash every 4 s. 11.5 m (37 ft) hexagonal cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located just off the eastern tip of the Dàitóu peninsula, at the southern entrance to the passage between Nánrìdǎo and the mainland. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3051; Admiralty F3627.91.

Nánrìdǎo Area Lighthouses
Note: Nánrìdǎo (Nánrì Island) is an inhabited island about 12 km (7.5 mi) long on the south side of the Xīnghuà Channel.
Nánrìdǎo Xī (Nánrì Island West) (2)
1984 (station established 1956). Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); four white flashes every 12 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower, painted white. Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the end of a promontory on the western tip of Nánrìdǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3050; Admiralty F3627.92.
Méiyǔ (Méi Yǔ)
2011. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two white flashes every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower, colored with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the tower is barely visible in Google's satellite view. Located on a skerry off the northwestern tip of Nánrìdǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3031.6; Admiralty F3627.942.
Jīyǔ (Jī Yǔ, Chicken Island)
2011. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower, colored white. No photo available, Google has a satellite view. Located on a skerry off the northwestern tip of Nánrìdǎo, about 3.2 km (2 mi) northeast of Méiyǔ. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3031.5; Admiralty F3627.944.
Xiǎorìdǎo Běi (Xiǎorì Dǎo North)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); four white flashes every 12 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the northern tip of an island at the northwestern end of the Nánrì Islands. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3031.4.
Xiǎoyuèyǔ (Xiǎoyuè Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29.5 m (97 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. The tower is apparently too new to appear in Google's satellite view. Located on an islet at the northeastern end of the Nánrì Islands. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3022.5.
Yángyǔ (Sheep Island)
2005. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. No photo available, and the light is apparently too recent to appear in Google's satellite view. This light is listed by NGA as "Nanri Dao." Located on an island off the southeastern tip of Nánrìdǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3053.1; Admiralty F3627.908; NGA 19140.1.

Pínghǎi Area Lighthouses
Běidìngyǔ (Běidìng Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 4 s. 7 m (23 ft) hexagonal concrete tower, colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view of the island. Located on an isolated pinnacle about 15 km (9 mi) southeast of the fishing port of Pínghǎi. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3053.2; Admiralty F3627.905; NGA 19139.9.
Jiànyǔ (Pínghǎi Wan) (Arrow Island) (2)
1993 (station established 1964). Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 12.5 m (41 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tiles. An external stairway winds around the tower. MSA's photo is at the top of this page, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Note that there is another Jiànyǔ light in Quánzhōu. Located on a small island off the southeast tip of the Dàitóu peninsula, about 7 km (4 mi) southeast of Pínghǎi. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3052; Admiralty F3627.9.

Méizhōudǎo Area Lighthouses
Note: Méizhōu Bay is the commercial harbor of Pútián. The harbor is sheltered on the east side by the island of Méizhōudǎo and the peninsula of Dōngbùzhèn.
Chìyǔshān (Chìyǔ Shān)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33.5 m (110 ft); white flash every 2 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower, colored with green and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet about 800 m (1/2 mi) east of the northern tip of Méizhōudǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3056.5; Admiralty F3627.78.
Xiǎodìngyǔ (Xiǎodìng Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) round steel tower, colored with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) southeast of the northern tip of Méizhōudǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3056.6; Admiralty F3627.79.
Dàdèngyǔ (Ta-tien Hsu, Sorrel Rock) (3)
1993 (station established 1961). Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white flash every 5 s. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tiles. MSA's photo is at right, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view of the reef. Located on an isolated islet in the Formosa Strait about 5 km (3 mi) east of Méizhōudǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3058; Admiralty F3627.82.

Méizhōu Bay Entrance Lighthouses
Liùěrduō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower, colored white. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. It's not clear if this light and the next one are in Pútián or Quánzhōu. Located on a reef about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Méizhōudǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3061.8; Admiralty F3627.76.
Píngyǔ (Píng Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 21.5 m (64 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet in the center of the entrance to Méizhōu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3061.5.
Fǎngluóduō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower, painted white. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on a reef about 1 km (0.6 mi) west of the southern tip of Méizhōudǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3061.6; Admiralty F3627.767.
Dadengyu Light
Dàdèngyǔ Light, Pútián
PRC MSA Shànghǎi Region photo
Luógōngduō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower, painted white. No photo available, and the tower is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on a reef halfway between Dàzhúdǎo and Méizhōudǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3060.06; Admiralty F3627.624.
Dàzhú (Dazhu Dao) Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); quick-flashing white light. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. This is the entrance range for Méizhōu Bay. Located on a rock off the south coast of the island of Dàzhúdǎo, northeast of the Dongzhou peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3059.07; Admiralty F3627.625.
Dàzhú (Dazhu Dao) Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on the southeast coast of Dàzhúdǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3059.08; Admiralty F3627.626.
Dàshēngdǎo (Dàshēng Dǎo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white flash every 2 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower, colored with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located at the west end of an island west of Dàzhúdǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3060.05; Admiralty F3627.635.

Dōngbùzhèn Lighthouses
Pányǔ Běi (Pán Yǔ North)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower, colored white. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on the northeastern tip of an island just off the southern tip of the Dōngbùzhèn peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3059.6; Admiralty F3627.644.
Ménxiáyǔ (Ménxiá Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. A distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island in a harbor at the southern tip of the Dōngbùzhèn peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3059.55; Admiralty F3627.65.
Yāndūnshānxī (Yāndūn Shān West)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white flash every 2 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower, colored white. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on a skerry off the harbor of Dōngbùzhèn. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3059.5; Admiralty F3627.645.
Xīwūshíduō (Xīwūdǎo, Wushi Reef) (2)
1969 (station established 1956). Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) hexagonal cylindrical tower covered with white tile. (The light appears to rise from a the remains of an older tower, probably the base of the original lighthouse). Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky reef off the harbor of Dōngbùzhèn. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3059; Admiralty F3627.66.

Upper Méizhōu Bay Lighthouses
Báiniú Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); quick-flashing white light. 10 m (33 ft) round white concrete tower. No photo available. Located about 3.5 km (2.25 mi) off the mainland, southwest of the Dōngbùzhèn peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3060; Admiralty F3627.641.
Báiniú Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 21 m (69 ft) skeletal tower. No photo available. Located about 2.5 km (1.55 mi) off the mainland, southwest of the Dōngbùzhèn peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3060.01; Admiralty F3627.642.
Huìyǔ Nán (Huìyǔ South)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower, colored with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located at the southern tip of Huìyǔ. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3056.1; Admiralty F3627.685.
Dàshāndǐng
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white flash every 4 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower, colored white. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on the northeastern tip of an island east of Huìyǔ. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3056.2; Admiralty F3627.695.
Huìyǔ (Hengyu) (4)
1990 (station established 1957). Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower with gallery. Lighthouse covered with ceramic tiles and colored in red and white horizontal bands. The tiles were added in 1994. The light is not conspicuous in a Google satellite view. Located on a small island in the entrance to Méizhōu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3056; Admiralty F3627.71.
Xièyǔ (Xiè Yǔ, Crab Island)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 21.5 m (71 ft); white flash every 6 s. 10.5 m (34 ft) hexagonal stone tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the northern tip of an island in southern Méizhōu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3055.1; Admiralty F3627.73.
 
Huiyu Light
Huìyǔ Light, Pútián
PRC MSA Shànghǎi Region photo
Niúshǐjiāo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16.5 m (54 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower, colored with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on an island in southern Méizhōu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3055.8; Admiralty F3627.72.

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Adjoining pages: North: Píngtán Area | East: Matsu and Kinmen | South: Quánzhōu

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Posted July 28, 2008. Checked and revised August 15, 2015. Lighthouses: 32. Site copyright 2015 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.