The Fuao Harbor is a key oceanic transport hub of Nangan, Matsu. From Fuao, passenger ships to Taiwan, Juguang, Dongyin and Beigan are available. With the inauguration of “Hsiao San Tung” (direct transport links across the Taiwan Strait) in January 2001, Fuao has become all the more important than before.
It is said early settlers would take refuge in this tunnel when pirates attacked. As the nationalist government sent military force to Matsu, it became a passage for tanks. Now, it is used as a wine cellar.
Beihai Tunnel, the most recommended war site of Matsu, is located in a bay area near Renai Village. While ordinary on the outside, Beihai takes your breath way with its striking interior view. In fact, the granite tunnel was chiseled inch by inch using pickaxes by the military force. A trip through the tunnel is about 30 minutes.
Matsu Story House
The Matsu Story House was inaugurated in November 2010. With precious old photos and simulated historic objects on display, a tour in the house is just like a time travel to the old days. The house will become part of the Matsu History Park as more likewise facilities are set.
Young Goddess Matsu
This is the only statue worshipped in the temple. It presents Matsu as a young girl just having attained divine status. This makes it a rare piece of art as most other Matsu sculptures in Taiwan present the goddess as a mature lady.
The Iron Fort is located west of Renai Village, Nangan, Matsu. It can be found along the seaside road to Jinsha.
Jinsha (meaning “Golden Sands” in Chinese) acquired its name for its gold-looking sands on sunny days. It used to be the second largest village of Nangan and enjoyed wealth from fishing. In the 1970s, however, with fishery resource declining and population moving out, the village experienced a downfall. Today, such misfortune has turned into a blessing: the village retains its century-old look and becomes a precious cultural asset.
Matsu Religious Park
The Matsu Religious Park is known for its giant statue of Goddess Matsu. The statue is 28.8 meters tall and made with 365 piles of stone that symbolize 365 peaceful days of a year. The locals had spent more than 10 years to build the statue; this shows how devoted there are to the goddess.
The Nankan Airport, now operating as a passenger airport, was originally built for military airdrops. The construction work began in July 1998 and finished in December 2002 at a cost of NT$227,600,000. It was inaugurated on January 23, 2003.