Lighthouses of China: Quánzhōu, 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 Quánzhōu on the central coast of the province.

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 Xiàmén 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.

Yongningzui Light
Yǒngníngzuǐ Light, Shíshī
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Xiàmén Office photo

Huì'ān County Lighthouses
Dòuwěi (Hòu Yǔ) (2)
1990 (station established 1956). Active; focal plane 16.5 m (54 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 5.5 m (18 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower covered with white ceramic tile. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the tip of the Dōngzhōu promontory projecting into the west side of the entrance to Méizhōu Bay. Site status unknown. CN-3062; Admiralty P3627.62.
Huánggàndǎo (Huang-kan Hsu) (3)
1989 (station established 1956). Active; focal plane 23 m (69 ft); red flash every 4 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) cylindrical tower with gallery, the lower portion round and the upper portion square. Lighthouse painted white. An MSA photo is at right, and Google has a distant satellite view. The base of the second (1969) lighthouse, a square stone tower, also survives at this station. Located on a small island just off the Dōngzhōu promontory. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3063; Admiralty P3627.61.
Shānlóngyǔ (Shānlóng Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 24.5 m (80 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower, colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 2 km (1.25 mi) northeast of the Jiànyǔ lighthouse (next entry). Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3063.01; Admiralty P3627.55.
Jiànyǔ (4)
1984 (station established 1958). Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) cylindrical 2-stage tower with gallery, the lower portion round and the upper portion octagonal. Lighthouse covered with ceramic tiles colored in black and white horizontal bands. A distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Note that there is another Jiànyǔ light in Pútián (see the Pútián page). Located on an islet off the promontory of the mainland known as Gulai Point, about 5 km (3 mi) east of Xiǎozuò. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3064; Admiralty P3627.5; NGA 19137.
Huanggandao Light
Huánggàndǎo Light, Huì'ān, August 2003
PRC MSA Shànghǎi Region photo
Jiànyǔ Xīnán (Jiànyǔ Southwest)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 66 m (216 ft); white flash every 10 s. 16.5 m (54 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse probably covered with ceramic tiles colored in red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located about 500 m (0.3 mi) southwest of the earlier lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3064.1; Admiralty P3627.52; NGA 19137.1.
Niúyǔ (Cattle Island)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower colored with green and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an island near the end of a partially submerged ridge in Dagang Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3064.3; Admiralty P3627.4.
Qīngyǔ (Qīng Yǔ, Quánzhōu Wān) (3)
1998 (station established 1962). Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tiles. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on an islet off the harbor of the fishing port of Dazuo. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3065; Admiralty P3627.2.
* Dàzhàyán (Dàzuòyán, Dàzuò Yán, Dàzuò)
2000. Active; focal plane 75 m (246 ft); white flash every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is covered with ceramic tiles colored in red and white vertical stripes; the gallery is white and the lantern is painted red. The Xiàmén MSA office's photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. This new lighthouse was built as a landfall light for Quánzhōu. A giant statue nearby also attracts visitors. Located on Dàzuòjiǎo (Pyramid Point), a high promontory on the north side of the Quánzhōu estuary, about 3 km (2 mi) east of Dàzuò. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. CN-3066; Admiralty P3627; NGA 19141.
Dazuoyan Light
Dàzuòyán Light, Dàzuò
PRC Maritime Safety Administration Xiàmén Office photo
* Chóngwǔ
Date unknown. Active (privately maintained?); focal plane 36 m (118 ft); continuous white light. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) pentagonal masonry tower mounted at the southwest corner of an ancient city wall. A photo is at right, Yang Tianhe has a photo, San Komukai has a 2017 street view, and Google has a satellite view. This light is missing from the Shanghai MSA list. The Chóngwǔ Fortress dates from the late 1300s, but the light tower is likely to be a late 19th century or early 20th century addition. We need information on its history. Located above the beach in Chóngwǔ. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty P3626; NGA 19144.
Chìyǔ (Chì Yǔ, Red Island)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, covered with white ceramic tiles. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view of the island. There is a photo of a round stone tower, probably a former lighthouse, located on a second island about 450 m (1/4 mi) north of the new light; Google has a satellite view of this tower. Located about 800 m (1/2 mi) southwest of the Dàzuòyán lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3066.3; Admiralty P3626.5.
Guīyǔ (Guī Yǔ) (2)
1984 (station established 1964). Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two red flashes every 10 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with ceramic tiles colored in red and white vertical stripes. A distant view is available, and the shadow of the tower is visible in a Google satellite view. Located on an islet off the south harbor of the fishing port of Dàzuò. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3068; Admiralty P3625.8.
Nányángyǔ (Nányáng Yǔ)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 2 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, covered with tile colored in green and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a small island about 8 km (5 mi) west of Chóngwǔzhèn. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3068.5; Admiralty P3625.4.

Quánzhōu City (Fēngzé District) Lighthouses
Niǎoyǔ (Wūyǔ, Niǎo Yǔ, Bird Island) (2)
1963 (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6.5 m (22 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with ceramic tiles colored white with one black horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet in the entrance to Quánzhōu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3070; Admiralty P3625; NGA 19148.

Chóngwǔ Light, Chóngwǔ, October 2015
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Vmenkov
Xiǎozhuìdǎoběijiāo (Xiǎozhuìdǎo North Reef) (3)
1993 (station established 1961). Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); red flash every 1.5 s. 12.5 m (41 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted red. The lower portion of the tower is surrounded by a unpainted stone stairway. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The rather formidable name of this lighthouse translates as "Slightly North of the Island Reef." The second (1973) light here collapsed in 1991. Located on a reef nearly in the center of the entrance to Quánzhōu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3073; Admiralty P3621.4.
Xiǎozhuìdǎo South Reef Outbound Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 24.5 m (80 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) square concrete tower covered with white ceramic tile. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island in the center of the entrance to Quánzhōu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3075; Admiralty P3621.61.
Xiǎozhuìdǎo South Reef Outbound Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); quick-flashing white light. 9 m (30 ft) square concrete tower covered with white ceramic tile. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island in the center of the entrance to Quánzhōu Bay, about 400 m (1/4 mi) west of the rear light. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3074; Admiralty P3621.6.
Gǎngxìngjiāo
2010. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower, painted black with a red horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef a short distance south of the Xiǎozhuìdǎo range lights. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3075.6; Admiralty P3621.22.
Nánwūjiāo (Nánwū Jiāo) (2)
2013 (station established 1955). Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 18 m (59 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a square concrete pier. No photo of the new lighthouse is available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a shoal on the south side of the channel in Quánzhōu harbor, a short distance east of the Quánzhōu Bridge. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CN-3079; Admiralty P3621.9.

Shíshī City Lighthouses
Xiángzhījiǎo (5)
1993 (station established 1956). Active; focal plane 52 m (171 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, centered on a 1-story hexagonal concrete equipment room. The lighthouse is covered with ceramic tiles colored in red and white vertical stripes. A photo is at right, a 2011 photo and a distant view are available, and the tower is centered in Google's satellite view. Located on the promontory on the south side of the entrance to Quánzhōu Bay in Shíshī, about 2 km (1.25 mi) east of Xiángzhī. Accessible by road. Site status unknown, possibly open. CN-3095; Admiralty P3620.8; NGA 19150.
Yǒngníngzuǐ (Yudongyu) (4)
1995 (station established 1954). Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white flash every 6 s. 18.5 m (61 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, centered on a 1-story square concrete equipment room. The lighthouse is covered with ceramic tiles colored in red and white horizontal bands. A photo from the Xiàmén MSA office is at the top of this page, a 2013 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet just off Yǒngníng Point, marking the entrance to Shēnhù Wān, a shallow bay about halfway between Quánzhōu and Xiàmén. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3096; Admiralty P3620.45.
Xiangshijiao Light
Xiángzhījiǎo Light, Xiángzhī
PRC MSA Xiàmén Office photo
Shēnhùniúwěiyǔ (Shēnhù Wān, Qinzaiyu) (3)
1984 (station established 1961). Active; focal plane 14.5 m (47 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet marking the southern entrance to Shēnhù Wān. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CN-3097; Admiralty P3620.4; NGA 19150.4.

Jìnjiāng City Lighthouses
Qiántǎjiāo (Qiántǎ Jiāo)
2010. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white flash every 2 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower, colored with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, and the shadow of the tower is seen in Google's satellite view. The listed location for this light is on the mainland, but it seems more likely it is on an island just offshore. Located on or just off a headland about 3.2 m (2 mi) south of the Shēnhù Wān entrance. Site status unknown. CN-3098.2; Admiralty P3620.33.
Zhōngwàiyǔ (Nanwei) (2)
1984 (station established 1958). Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 11.5 m (38 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, covered with white ceramic tiles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet off a sharp promontory about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Wéitóu. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3099; Admiralty P3620.3.
Wéitóujiǎo (Wugantou) (3)
1995 (station established 1962). Active; focal plane 41 m (135 ft); white flash every 2 s. 16 m (52 ft) hexagonal cylindrical brick tower with gallery, centered on a 1-story hexagonal brick equipment room. The lighthouse is covered with black ceramic tiles. The Xiàmén MSA Office photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse overlooks a channel about 13 km (8 mi) wide that separates the mainland from the island of Jīnmén (Kinmen, or Quemoy as it was formerly known in the West). Located on an islet just off Wéitóu Point (Wéitóujiǎo), marking the entrance to the Yǒngníng estuary. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3100; Admiralty P3620.2.
Báiyáng (3)
1984 (station established 1954). Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. The MSA page has the notation "photo to be changed," so it's not clear what the lighthouse looks like today. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on a small island about 4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of Wéitóujiao. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3101; Admiralty P3620.25; NGA 19150.6.
* Shíjǐng
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) hexagonal pyramidal concrete tower painted with black and white horizontal bands. A closeup photo and a second closeup are available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the base of the pier at Shíjǐng, on the north side of Wéitóu Bay. Site open, tower closed. CN-3108; Admiralty P3619.18.
Guāncháijiāo (Guānchái Jiāo) (2)
2009 (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white flash every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) hexagonal concrete tower, painted with green and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef in the northern part of Wéitóu Bay, about 800 m (1/2 mi) off the mainland coast near Shíjǐng. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3107; Admiralty P3619.1.
Fēnliújiāo (Fēnliú Jiāo) (3)
2004 (station established 1954). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with black and white horizontal bands. The lower portion of the tower is surrounded by a unpainted stone stairway. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef in the northern part of Wéitóu Bay, about 3 km (2 mi) off the mainland coast near Shíjǐng. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3105; Admiralty P3619.
Weitoujiao Light
Wéitóujiao Light
PRC
Maritime Safety Administration Xiàmén Office photo
Nèipán (3)
2003 (station established 1954). Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. The lower portion of the tower is surrounded by a unpainted stone stairway. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef in the middle of Wéitóu Bay, about 7 km (4.5 mi) north of the northernmost point of Jīnmén. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. CN-3104; Admiralty P3619.2.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

Adjoining pages: North: Pútián | East: Matsu and Kinmen | South: Xiàmén

Return to the Lighthouse Directory index | Ratings key

Posted July 28, 2008. Checked and revised September 17, 2017. Lighthouses: 32. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.