Attractions

Top Choice Waterfront in Matsu

Blue Tears

Every year from late spring to the end of summer, algae called dinoflagellates teem in the waters along the coast of the Matsu archipelago, and when disturbed by waves or paddles, they emit a surreal blue glow. 'Blu…
Top Choice Tunnel in Nangan

Beihai Tunnel

Carved out of a sheer rock face by soldiers using only simple hand tools, construction of this 700m tunnel began in 1968 and took three years to complete, with many losing their lives in the process. It was used as …
Top Choice Historic Site in Beigan

Peace Memorial Park

With its high, rocky peninsula, the eastern edge of Beigan was once an important part of the ROC's military defence of Matsu. The entire zone, now a memorial park, is one of the island's most intriguing military sit…
Village in Beigan

Cinbi Village

Chief among the preserved villages of Beigan is Cinbi Village, comprising interconnected stone homes built into the side of Pishan (Bi Mountain), overlooking Turtle Island. The houses are built from slabs of granite…
Fort in Nangan

Iron Fort

One of the most impressive military sites is the abandoned Iron Fort, a rocky strip of coral jutting out over the sea and hollowed out to house Matsu's amphibious forces. Visitors are allowed to enter and have a loo…
Village in Beigan

Ciaozai Village

Ciaozai Village, the island's closest village to Fujian across the water, sits on the northwest coast of the island, at the foot of Leishan (Thunder Mountain). Ciaozai, nestled in a cove that protects it from the no…
Taoist Temple in Nangan

Matsu Temple

This Matsu Temple is considered one of the most sacred spots in Taiwan. Legend has it that during an attempt to save her father from shipwreck, Matsu herself drowned and was washed ashore here. Show up on Matsu's bi…
Village in Nangan

Jinsha Village

This collection of beautiful old stone houses lies just back from the sea in a sheltered cove. The bunker by the entrance to the beach is filled with paintings that bear the classic KMT propaganda slogan: 'Fight aga…
Historic Site in Nangan

Fushan Illuminated Wall

Overlooking Fu'ao Harbour is the Fushan Illuminated Wall, a concrete billboard that faces mainland China and warns communist forces to 'sleep on spears'. Translation: Chiang Kai-shek is coming to get you (one day), …
Historic Site in Nangan

Dahan Stronghold

Just across a rocky beach from the Beihai Tunnel is Dahan Stronghold, a fortification built directly into a granite peninsula. A warren of narrow and low tunnels leads visitors to emplacements where real 80mm anti-a…