Xipaotai is a fort built in 1884, at the tail end of the Qing dynasty, in an attempt by the Chinese to strengthen their control over the north east of the country. At that time, foreign powers had set their eyes on China and were trying to carve out their own little parts of the empire. The Qing government tries to gain more control but the north east of the country was to a large extent lost to competing Russian and Japanese interests. The fort at Xipaotai played a minor, but notable part in that history. Today the fort is a small museum. To the north lies a large area of park land set beside the sea and river mouth.