Lighthouses of China: Fúzhōu, Fújiàn

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

Note: The Matsu (Mǎzǔ) Islands, which lie in the Formosa Strait off the entrance to Fúzhōu, have been under the administration of the Republic of China government on Taiwan since 1949. The two historic lighthouses of Matsu are 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 Fúzhōu 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 P 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.
Online List of Lights - China
Coming soon: photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
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.

Dalujiao Light
Dàlújiāo Light, Mǐnjiāng, Fúzhōu
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Fúzhōu Office photo

Luōyuán County Lighthouses
Dōngguīyǔ (Dōngguī Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); three white flashes every 5 s. 7 m (30 ft) hexagonal concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the eastern tip of an island, marking the entrance to Sānshā Bay. Site status unknown. CN-2872.1; Admiralty P3641.598.
Xiǎohuángjiāo (Xiǎohuáng Jiāo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 13 m (43 ft) hexagonal concrete tower, painted black with a red horizontal band. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef on the north side of the entrance to Luōyuán Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-2924.1; Admiralty P3641.54.
Xiàdānyǔ (Xiàdān Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an island in the center of the narrow strait that is the mouth of Luōyuán Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2925; Admiralty P3641.56.
Gǎngyǔ (Gǎng Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 63 m (207 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a high island in the southeastern corner of Luōyuán Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2926; Admiralty P3641.575.
Niǎoyǔ (Niǎo Yǔ, Bird Island)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white flash every 4 s. 12 m (39 ft) hexagonal white concrete tower with gallery. A photo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on an island in the southeastern corner of Luōyuán Bay, about 1.5 km (1 mi) northwest of the Gangyu lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2926.2; Admiralty P3641.58.

Liánjiāng County Lighthouses
Note: The Matsu Islands are also part of Liánjiāng County; since they are administered by Taiwan their lighthouses are on a separate page.
Gǔdǐngyǔ (Gǔdǐng Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); white flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) hexagonal white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on an island at the western entrance to the narrow strait that is the mouth of Luōyuán Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2925.2; Admiralty P3641.57.
Kěméntóu (Kěmén Tóu)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); white flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) hexagonal white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an island off the north end of the Huángqí Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2924.2; Admiralty P3641.55.
Kěménjiǎo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 87.5 m (287 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) hexagonal white concrete tower with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the point of Kěménjiǎo, the northeastern tip of the Huángqí Peninsula, marking the entrance to Luōyuán Bay. Accessible by road. Site status unknown. CN-2923; Admiralty P3641.5.
Xīluòdǎo (Xīluò Dǎo) (2)
1989 (station established 1957). Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); four white flashes every 12 s. 11 m (36 ft) hexagonal concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tile. An MSA photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island about 5 km (3 mi) offshore in the bay north of the Huángqí Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2922; Admiralty P3641.4.
Dōngluòdǎoběi (Dōngluò Dǎo North)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 7 m (23 ft) hexagonal concrete tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. An MSA photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the northeastern tip of an island about 10 km (6 mi) east of Kěménjiǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2921.7; Admiralty P3641.38.
Nánwěiyǔ (Nánwěi Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 4 s. 7 m (23 ft) hexagonal concrete tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. An MSA photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the northeastern tip of an island about 7 km (4.5 mi) south of Dōngluòdǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-2921.5; Admiralty P3641.35.
Xiluodao Light
Xiluodao Light, Liánjiāng, Fúzhōu, November 1997
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Fúzhōu Office photo
Xiǎoniújiāo (Calf Reef) (2)
1989 (station established 1954). Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 10 s. 14 m (46 ft) octagonal concrete tower with gallery, painted black with one red horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 1.5 km (1 mi) north of the sharp Běijiāo promontory at the end of the Huángqí Peninsula about 10 km (6 mi) northeast of Huángqí. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2921; Admiralty P3641.3.
Yángyǔ (Yáng Yǔ, Jianyu) (3)
1994 (station established 1954). Active; focal plane 101 m (331 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) square concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tile. A distant view from Běijiāo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located atop a small island just off Běijiāo and about 3 km (2 mi) east of Kěménjiǎo. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2920; Admiralty P3641.2; NGA 19091.5.
Hēiyándǎo (Hēiyán Dǎo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 13.5 m (44 ft) hexagonal concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on an isolated skerry about 10 km (6 mi) east of Yángyǔ. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2919.5; Admiralty P3641.1; NGA 112-19091.2.
Píngniúyǔ (2)
1988 (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 13 m (43 ft) hexagonal pyramidal concrete tower, painted white. MSA's photo is at right, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located atop a reef about 3 km (2 mi) southeast of Huángqízhèn. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2929; Admiralty P3641.
Dōnggǔyǔ (Dōnggǔ Yǔ)
2011. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower, colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the tower is too new to appear in Google's satellite view. Located on a reef about 8 km (5 mi) off the south side of the Huángqí Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2929.1; Admiralty P3641.05.

Píngniúyǔ Light, Huángqízhèn, January 2000
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Shànghǎi Region photo
Guīyǔniú (2)
1997 (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white flash every 4 s. 11 m (43 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef just off the south side of the Huángqí Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-2932; Admiralty P3640.4.
Lànggǎngniú (Longweng Yu) (2)
1998 (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tile. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a small island about 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of Huángqí. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2931; Admiralty P3640.2.
Sìmǔyǔ (Sìmǔ Yǔ)
1982. Active; focal plane 40.5 m (133 ft); four white flashes every 12 s. 14 m (46 ft) square concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tile. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island in the bay about 8 km (5 mi) south of the Huángqí Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2933; Admiralty P3640.
Wūzhū Mén (Wūzhū Entrance)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) square cylindrical white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to Wūzhū harbor. Site status unknown. CN-2955; Admiralty P3635.5.

Fúzhōu Metropolitan Area Lighthouses
Note: Fúzhōu, the capital of Fújiàn Province, has a metropolitan population of roughly three million people. The city straddles the Mǐnjiāng (Min River) estuary about 50 km (30 mi) from the sea. At its mouth, the estuary is divided into northern and southern branches by the large island of Huángqíshān.
Qīxīngjiāo (Qīxīng Jiāo) (2)
1985 (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white flash every 6 s. 16 m (52 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, painted white. MSA's photo is at right, but the light is barely visible in Google's satellite view. Located on a reef about 15 km (9 mi) east of the Mǐnjiāng estuary entrance. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2939; Admiralty P3634.4; NGA 19128.
Rìzhuāngjiāo (Lizhuangjiao) (3)
1997 (station established 1957). Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 18 m (59 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tile. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The original light was destroyed by a typhoon in 1983. Located on a reef about 8 km (5 mi) east of the Mǐnjiāng estuary entrance. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2940; Admiralty P3634.8; NGA 19092.
Báiyúnshān Range Front
1974. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 1.5 s. 22 m (72 ft) concrete structure, painted white with a red vertical stripe. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. The light is not a traditional tower but a concrete wall set into the side of Báiyún Mountain. This is the entrance range for the Mǐnjiāng estuary, which leads to the major port of Fúzhōu. Located on a mountain at the eastern end of Hòulóngshān, a forested ridge on the island of Huángqíshān, in the center of the Mǐnjiāng delta. Site status unknown. CN-2941; Admiralty P3635; NGA 19096.
Báiyúnshān Range Rear
1974. Active; focal plane 91 m (299 ft); white light occulting once every 4 s. 22 m (72 ft) concrete tower, painted white with a red vertical stripe. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the Hòulóngshān ridge about 1290 m (0.8 mi) west of the front light. Site status unknown. CN-2942; Admiralty P3635.1; NGA 19100.
Qixingjiao Light
Qīxīngjiāo Light, Fúzhōu, November 1998
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Shànghǎi Region photo
Fúdòushān (Fúdòu Shān) Eastbound Range Rear (4)
2004 (station established 1974). Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 9 m (30 ft) square tower. The front of the tower is faced with a wide concrete wall covered with tile colored red with a white vertical stripe. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. This range guides vessels leaving the Mǐnjiāng estuary. Located on the western tip of an island 2 km (1.25 mi) east of the common front light (next entry). Site status unknown. CN-2951; Admiralty P3635.42; NGA 19114.
Xīfēng Shí (Common Range Front) (3)
2004 (station established 1974). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 7 m (23 ft) square tower. The front of the tower is faced with a wide concrete wall covered with tile colored red with a white vertical stripe. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. This is the front light tower for both the outbound Zhaiweishan and inbound Fúdòushān ranges. Located on the southern tip of Hǔchóudǎo, on the north side of the northern branch of the Mǐnjiāng estuary. Site status unknown. CN-2950; Admiralty P3635.4; NGA 19112.
Fúdòushān (Fúdòu Shān) Westbound Range Rear (4)
2004 (station established 1974). Active; focal plane 63 m (207 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 15 m (49 ft) tower. The front of the tower is faced with a wide concrete wall covered with tile colored red with a white vertical stripe. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This is the main entrance range for Fúzhōu. Located atop a ridge on the north side of the northern branch of the Mǐnjiāng estuary. Site status unknown. CN-2952; Admiralty P3635.41; NGA 19116.
Jīnpái Mén
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) octagonal white concrete tower topped by a skeletal tower. A photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a reef on the north side of the narrow entrance to the Mǐnjiāng. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-2958; Admiralty P3635.44; NGA 19120.
Báitǎ (Hújiāng Dǎo)
1953. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical brick tower covered with white tiles. A 2013 closeup photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the northeast corner of an island marking the south side of the entrance to the Mǐnjiāng estuary. Site status unknown. CN-2948; Admiralty P3635.2; NGA 112-19104.
Wèngyǔ (Wèng Yǔ, Yingsha, Urn Island)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) octagonal white concrete tower. A photo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a reef on the north side of the Mǐnjiāng channel about 6 km (3.5 mi) southwest of Jīnpái Mén. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-2962; Admiralty P3635.67.
Dàlújiāo (Dàlú Jiāo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 13.5 m (44 ft) round tapered concrete tower, painted black with a red horizontal band and mounted on a square concrete pier. The MSA photo is at the top of this page, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a shoal of the south side of the Mǐnjiāng channel about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Jīnpái Mén. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-2963; Admiralty P3635.65; NGA 19122.
Dōnggāozhài
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 12 m (39 ft) octagonal white concrete tower. The MSA photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the water's edge on the west side of a narrow passage of the Mǐnjiāng. Site status unknown, but the light can be seen from the riverside highway. CN-2966; Admiralty P3635.72.
Niúwěi Shān (1)
Date unknown. Inactive since 2009. 12 m (39 ft) octagonal white concrete tower. A 2008 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the east side of the Mǐnjiāng about 3 km (2 mi) south of the Dōnggāozhài lighthouse. Site status unknown, but the light can be seen from the riverside highway.
Niúwěi Shān (2)
2009. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 4 s. 14 m (46 ft) octagonal white concrete or fiberglass tower mounted on a square concrete pier. A December 2009 view showing both the old and new lighthouses is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located just offshore from the original lighthouse. Site status unknown, but the light can be seen from the riverside highway. CN-2967; Admiralty P3635.73.
Donggaozhai Light
Dōnggāozhài Light, Mǐnjiāng, Fúzhōu
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Fúzhōu Office photo

Chánglè (Cháng Lè) County Lighthouses
* Shāfēngjiǎo (Shāntǎ Yǔ))
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 4 s. Approx. 7 m (23 ft) square pyramidal white concrete tower mounted atop a large stone structure. A 2013 photo is available, but the tower is not seen in Google's fuzzy satellite view. Located on a sandy point on the south side of the southernmost entrance to the Mǐnjiāng delta. Site open, tower closed. CN-2977; Admiralty P3634.3.
Bōzhōudǎo (Bōzhōu Dǎo) (2)
1988 (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) square pyramidal concrete tower with gallery, painted white. An external stairway winds around the lower half of the tower. A 2013 photo and a view from the mainland are available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a small island just off the mainland coast about 8 km (5 mi) south of the southern end of the Mǐnjiāng delta. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2976; Admiralty P3634.2; NGA 19132.5.
Shuāngpí (2)
1985 (station established 1956). Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) square concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tile. No photo available, but the shadow of the tower is seen in Google's satellite view. Located atop a small island about 5 km (3 mi) off the mainland coast and 20 km (12.5 mi) northwest of Haitandao. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2983; Admiralty P3633.9; NGA 19133.2.
Lì Yǔ
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 11.5 m (38 ft) round concrete tower colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a small island about 15 km (9 mi) east of Shuāngpí. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2982.1.
Xīluò (Hsi-lo, Sōngxià Gang) (3)
1998 (station established 1956). Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); red flash every 4 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tile. Shànghǎi MSA's photo is at right, the light is visible in an aerial photo of the area and a distant view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. The 1998 reconstruction may have changed only the top of the tower. Located on a small island at the south end of the channel, just off Sōngxià harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2984; Admiralty P3633.8; NGA 19133.4.
Xīluòdǎo Dōng (Xīluò Dǎo Southeast)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) hexagonal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the southeastern tip of Xīluò island. Site status unknown. CN-2983.9; Admiralty P3633.85.
Zhūtóujiāo (Zhūtóu Jiāo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); nine very quick white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower, painted yellow with one black horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a shoal off the southeastern end of Xīluò. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-2983.3; Admiralty P3633.87; NGA 19133.5.
Songxia Gang Light
Sōngxià Gang Light, Sōngxià, November 1998
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Shànghǎi Region photo

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Posted July 7, 2008. Checked and revised August 27, 2017. Lighthouses: 41. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.