Xiuying Fort Barbette
Xiuying Fort Barbette in Haikou
Anticipating an assault by French forces in 1890, officials of the Qing Dynasty ordered the fortification of key ports along China’s expansive coast.

Xiuying Fort Barbette, located in Xiuying Village in Haikou, was built on orders from the governor of Liangguang (Guangdong and Guangxi regions) following an inspection tour of the area. The fortification serves as an example of classic Chinese military architecture of the Qing period and is one of the "Four Babettes" of China, the others being Humen Fort Babette in Guangdong, the Wusong Fort Babette in Shanghai and the Dagu Fort Babette in Tianjin. 

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