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The Classic Travel Routes (Nangan,Beigan and Dongyin)

Legend has it that during the Song dynasty, in Dongluo Village on Fujian Province’s Meizhou Island, there lived a fisherman named Lin Yuan whose sixth daughter Moniang was kind and devoted to her parents. One day, when Lin went out to sea to fish, his boat capsized in a typhoon.

  • Day 1 Yang Gong Ba Shi Temple(Beigan) → War & Peace Memorial Park(Beigan) → The Thousand Steps of Bishan (Beigan) → Historic Bathhouse(Beigan)→ Qinbi (Beigan)
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    Yang Gong Ba Shi Temple

    The Yang Gong Ba Shi Temple worships Protector-Magician Yang Ba-shi. The deity has always enjoyed good attendance at the temple, and large religious rites are held annually to express thanks to his blessing. As a legend goes, Yang was killed by a malicious dragon. Therefore, no dragon decorations are seen in this sanctuary.

    Peace Memorial Park

    The park, inaugurated on March 29, 2010, presents the touching, nostalgic past when the military force and the public worked together to live through difficulties.

    • War & Peace Memorial Park
    • War & Peace Memorial Park

    The Thousand Steps of Bishan

    The park, inaugurated on March 29, 2010, presents the touching, nostalgic past when the military force and the public worked together to live through difficulties.

    Historic Bathhouse

    Matsu lacked enough water for daily use in early years, and therefore the bathhouse became an important place for local residents and soldiers. Years have gone by and the bathhouse is no longer needed. Now, it serves as a nostalgic scenic spot for all.

    • The Thousand Steps of Bishan
    • Bishan


    The Qinbi Village is located on the north of Beigan Island, Matsu. According to one of the local sayings, the village is named “Qinbi” because of its location, meaning “Qin mountain wall” in Chinese. The beautiful Qinbi houses are built with stones and shells taken from nearby beaches. If you can’t afford a trip to Greece, Qinbi is your choice. In fact, the houses, officially titled “Mindong Architecture,” are being accessed by the UNESCO as world heritage.

    • Qinbi
    • Qinbi
  • Day 2 Dongyin Lighthouse(Dongyin) → Suicide Cliff (Dongyin) → A Thread of Sky(Dongyin) → Andong Tunnel(Dongyin) → Tunnel becomes a popu(Dongyin) → Sanshan Stronghold(Dongyin) → Ganen Pavilion(Dongyin)
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    Dongyin Lighthouse

    The Dongju Lighthouse was built in 1872 (the 11th year of the reign of Emperor Tongzhi, the Qing Dynasty), and was classified as a Grade 2 historic site in the Taimin Region by the Ministry of the Interior in 1988.Donju Lighthouse, 19.5 meters tall, is the first lighthouse built with granite in Taiwan. With a shell-shaped crystal lens, the light it projects can reach as far as 16.7 miles (31 kilometers). On the lawn connecting the lighthouse and its administration office, there is a 30-m short white wall. It was meant to protect a keeper’s kerosene lamp from being put out by winds in the old days, as the lighthouse is located on a high land.。

    Suicide Cliff

    The Suicide Cliff is a remarkable hundred-meter tall sea cliff. As its name in Chinese suggests, many women jumped off the cliff to keep their chastity in the old days.

    • Suicide Cliff
    • Suicide Cliff

    A Thread of Sky

    The amazing Thread of Sky refers to the narrow view created by two adjacent giant rocks standing on the sea, and the rushing waves beneath sound like thousands of horses running through. On a rock next to the observatory.

    Andong Tunnel

    With flocks of terns resting at tunnel entrance, the Andong Tunnel becomes a popular spot for bird lovers every summer. The tunnel is located on a 30-degree slope and requires good physique to travel through.

    • Northernmost Frontier
    • Northernmost Frontier

    Ganen Pavilion

    Zhongzhu is a giant reef between Dongyin and Xiyin. Standing alone in the sea in the old times, it is now connected to the two islets through a bridge, and is famous for the Ganen Pavilion.

    • Ganen Pavilion
    • Ganen Pavilion
  • Day 3 Fuao Wharf(Nankan) → Tunnel 88(Nankan) → Beihai Tunnel(Nankan) → Matsu Story House(Nankan) → Young Goddess Matsu(Nankan) → Teibao(Nankan) → Jinsha Settlement(Nankan) → Matsu Religious Park(Nankan) → Nankan Airport(Nankan)
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    Fuao Wharf

    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.

    Tunnel 88

    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

    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.

    • Tunnel 88
    • Tunnel 88

    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.

    • Tieban Tianhou Temple
    • Tieban Tianhou Temple

    Iron Fort(Teibao)

    The Iron Fort is located west of Renai Village, Nangan, Matsu. It can be found along the seaside road to Jinsha.

    Jinsha Settlement

    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.

    • Jinsha Settlement
    • Jinsha Settlement

    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.

    Nankan Airport

    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.。

    • Matsu Religious Park
    • Matsu Religious Park
Last Updated::2023-09-15