Matsu (By Flight)
Bird-watching and Sea of Stars
A 4 DAY 3 NIGHT GROUP TOUR
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✓ Our travel secretaries are all former flight attendants.
✓ Expert local guides.
✓ 40 professional photographers.
✓ Tour guide system.
✓ No forced shopping stops.
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Sea of Stars
Sea of Stars refers to a natural phenomenon created by little marine creatures that emit blue fluorescent lights when disturbed by ocean waves.
For Sea of Stars to appear there must be strong southern winds to create big waves that will unsettle the creatures to emit fluorescent lights. The phenomenon is most likely to happen between the months of May and September.
Qinbi has the best-preserved eastern Fujian-style buildings in all of Matsu, and it is much favored by local and foreign architectural, cultural, and artistic circles.
It was originally developed in the late Qing Dynasty by the family named Chen from Fujian Province. The granite houses are stepped up the steep mountain, one orderly level above another.
Home to a Black Dragon Cannon (240 mm Howitzer M1), one of the most precious possessions of the Matsu Islands.
Opening the gate of Tunnel 88 is like opening the door to a secret treasure trove. In legend, this tunnel, which is dug into granite, is where the local people once took refuge from pirates.
It was finished in 1974, after 10 years of work, and named Tunnel 88 to commemorate Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s 88th birthday. Today the main tunnel is used to store jugs of old wine. It maintains a stable temperature of 15-20 degrees Celsius, making it perfect for the storage of alcoholic beverages. It is permeated by the aroma of wine, making you feel a bit giddy.
Lin Yihe Factory
This distillery not only offers classes for making the famous Matsu wine but also serves delicious food that goes very well with wine.
Construction of the stronghold began in 1975, with soldiers working in shifts day and night, using a few explosives but mostly their own sweat and muscle to dig the tunnel by hand.
It was completed on Mar. 29, 1976. The tunnel is about 1.2 to 2 meters wide, two meters high, and 430 meters long. After relations with mainland China warmed up, the military turned Dahan Stronghold over to the Matsu National Scenic Area to develop for tourism.
Jinsha was originally named for the fine golden sand (jinsha) that covered its beach; the writing of the name has changed, but its pronunciation remains the same.
In early years Jinsha’s people lived by fishing along with fermenting wine or operating medicine shops, opium dens, or other establishments. It was the island’s second-largest village and had its own private school. The cluster of old houses along the stony stairs and the vitalization of idle spaces have made Jinsha one of Matsu’s foremost tourist attractions.
War and Peace Memorial Park
War and Peace Memorial Park Exhibition Center is located in Stronghold 12 on Dawo Mountain in Beigan’s War and Peace Memorial Park. On a good day, the coast of China is visible.
The main theme of the hall is “emotions and memories” and reproduces the almost 50 years of military rule that Matsu residents lived through text, giving visitors an understanding of the hardship the people living on the frontline faced in earlier times.
This restaurant located in a historic Mingnan styles house is extremely popular among foodies. For those who want to try authentic Matsu cuisine, Hogo Grandma is the best choice.
Nangan’s Beihai (North Sea) Tunnel is a five-star tourist site. If you don’t come here, you haven’t been to Matsu! Beihai Tunnel runs from the Tieban Coast deep into the heart of the hills in a lattice shape.
The tunnel is truly an achievement of almost supernatural proportions. During the time when the clouds of war enshrouded Matsu, the army tried using Beihai Tunnel as an underground wharf for supply boats. The shadow of those days remains, in the reflections of the vast stone walls that waiver on the channel waters.
Qinbi Pirate House
The finest workmanship in Qinbi Village is seen in a house built during World War II by the director of the Beigan unit of the Peace and National Salvation Army, a man named Chen Zhong-ping. Today, it is called “Pirate’s House.”
Daqiu is located to the north of Beigan, adjacent to Gaodeng. In the past, it has been both home to civilians and a post for the military, but with the migration of the residential population and the pullout of the Armed Forces.
Daqiu has now become the largest uninhabited island in Mazu which may be visited. In recent years, with the restoration of the footpath around the island and the successful breeding of the Formosan sika deer has turned the island a deer-watching paradise.
Qiao zai Village
No. 151, Qiao-Zai Village is the registered residence of Sheng-Tong Day in Matsu!
Luoshan Nature Trail
In earlier times the Luoshan Nature Trail, running between mountain and sea, was a path used by oystermen and fishermen.
Monsoon winds that sweep the route of the trail have limited the growth of ground cover, but the protected Japanese eurya is seen everywhere, sculpted by the wind into shapes as elegant as bonsai. In April and May, the wild lilies burst into bloom under the trees and alongside the trail in a beautiful profusion of blossoms. At one spot along the shore is a rock in the shape of Confucius, standing quietly listening to the waves. The Luoshan Nature Trail offers exercise, beautiful landscapes, waves lapping at the shore, even rock fishing, with the tranquil mountains and surging seas before your eyes.
Bird Watching By Boat at Beigan
The oceans around Matsu are rich with marine life, apart from being a favorite spot for fishermen; it is also a bird’s paradise.
Every year, thousands of migrating seagulls and terns spend the summer in Matsu, to the much delight of bird-watchers. With luck, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the extremely rare Chinese Crested Tern.
Love Chinbe B&B
Located in the picturesque Qingbi Village, Love Chinbe is a lovely bed and breakfast with a beautiful, rustic interior design that resembles a painting of Vincent Van Gogh.
Just Coffee Hotel
Long-He Mindong Restaurant
Day 1: Tunnel 88 / Linyihe Factory / Matsu Religious Cultural Park / Jinsha Village / Sea of Stars at Beihai Tunnel
08:30 Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board. Fuhang Soy Milk is a renowned eatery that attracts a scary-long queue every day. You will also receive the Tour System headphones and a complimentary L’Occitane toiletry set. (On Mondays Fuhang Soy Milk is not open, so you will receive breakfast from Mos Burger instead.)
10:10 Flight departs towards Nangan Airport, Matsu.
11:00 Arrival at Nangan Airport.
11:10 Sightseeing at Tunnel 88 and Matsu Distillery. Formerly used to accommodate military vehicles, Tunnel 88 is now a storage place for Kaoliang liquor, the tunnel’s constant temperature of 15-20 Celsius degrees making it an ideal environment to preserve spirits.
12:00 Lunch at Linyihe Factory.
13:30 Matsu Religious Cultural Park is home the world’s largest Matsu Statue, measuring approximately 30 meters tall.
14:00 Jinsha Village was named after its golden beaches. A quirky attraction of Jingsha Village is a public bathroom located inside a colorful military pillbox.
15:00 Back at Lin Yihe Factory for a 90-minute rice wine making class, you can bring home one jug of authentic Taiwanese liquor.
17:00 Dinner at Travel Hero House.
20:00 Tonight, we will observe Sea of Stars closely at Beihai Tunnel, by rowing towards them on a sampan boat.
21:00 Have a good night sleep at Sengnong Hotel Nangan.
Day 2: Bird Watching at Beigan /Geology Tour / Daqiu Island / Qinbi Village
06:30 Hotel breakfast.
08:00 Bird watching by boat, when you see the flocks of seagulls flying at the harbor, you may find yourself unable to believe that seeing Matsu’s seagulls could be so easy.
09:00 We change boats and in the company of a local guide, embark on an excursion to discover the granite cliffs around Beigan Island.
10:00 Boat ride to Daqiu Island, a secret spot with charming views that only insiders know.
10:30 Take a stroll through Daqiu Island’s footpath; the views are breathtakingly beautiful. If you meet a Formosan sika deer, then feed them a deer cracker!
13:00 Back at Beigan Island, we have lunch at Sea Dragon Restaurant.
14:30 Relax with a cup of coffee at the picturesque Qingbi Village.
15:30 Qinbi Village has the best-preserved Fujian-style buildings in all of Matsu, and it is much favored by architectural, cultural, and artistic circles.
16:00 Check-in at tonight’s B&B.
18:30 Dinner at Hongxinping Seafood Restaurant.
20:00 Tonight we will rest at one of the B&Bs of Matsu, but before that, we take a trip to the shore to find Matsu Sea of Stars.
Day 3: War and Peace Memorial Park Exhibition Center/ Luoshan Natural Trail / Tangqi Street / Banli Homestay
08:00 Breakfast at the B&B.
09:30 War and Peace Memorial Park Exhibition Center is not only a place to learn about the history of Matsu but also a top spot to enjoy the blue oceanic views.
10:00 Hike along Luoshan Natural Trail, a historic path used by oystermen and fishermen. Or visit 06 Stronghold.
12:00 Lunch at Longhe Mindong Restaurant.
13:30 Release your shopping urges at Tangqi Street, and pick some delectable Matsu souvenirs to bring back home.
14:30 Bishan Lookout is the best spot to admire the beauty of the Matsu archipelago.
15:30 Banli Homestay is a century old construction, with typical Matsu features.
16:30 Ferry ride back to Nangan Island.
17:00 Dinner at Hogo Grandma, sample local dishes of Matsu.
19:00 Have a good night sleep at Sengnong Hotel Nangan.
Day 4: Flight back to Taipei
08:00 Hotel Breakfast.
09:45 We move to Nangan Airport and prepare to board the plane for the return to Taipei.
10:30 Flight departs towards Taipei.
11:20 Arrival at Songshan Airport and end of this tour.
*On special circumstances, dining and lodging location might be changed into a different place of the same value.