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Tourist attractions

 

Tangqi Panoramic Lookout

 

 

Tangqi Panoramic Lookout

 

Greater Beigan includes the isles of Beigan, Gaodeng, Gaodao, Xiaoqiu and Daqiu. Covering a total area of 7.1 km2, Beigan is slightly smaller than its southern counterpart Nangan. Despite this, it is known for its hilly and precipitous terrain and is home to the Matsu archipelago’s highest peak, Bishan, standing at 298 m above sea level. Beigan has long since formed the heart of the island chain. However, in an attempt to limit disruption caused to local inhabitants, founding of the administrative capital soon shifted to Nangan when national defense force troops were first stationed on the islands. Nangan has since then furthermore grown into the political and economic capital of the region. This, in turn, has seen to it that the simple and honest charm of Beigan has largely been preserved, along with its natural splendor. After the official opening of the Beigan airport to commercial flights in 1994, the island became the main hub for air travel linking Taiwan and Matsu and regained its status as the prime destination in the area. Located beside the airport are the island’s administrative and commercial centers, while the scenic village of Qinbi constitutes Matsu’s best preserved residential area for early Fujian Province settlers.  

 

Beihai (North Sea) Strategic Tunnel

 

 

Outer view of Beihai Strategic Tunnel

 

 

Inside the Beihai Strategic Tunnel

The Beihai Strategic Tunnel was once an important hidden naval stronghold and military supply storage facility on the island. In former times, Taiwanese troops lacking suitable construction machinery and equipment had to painstakingly carve out this cavernous passage inch by inch from the imposing granite wall using nothing but very basic tools. Apart from the assistance provided by the odd stick of dynamite, manpower was chiefly relied upon to ensure the tunnel’s completion and a significant amount of soldiers paid the ultimate price for their tireless contributions to the arduous project. Today open to visitors, the tunnel bears testament to an unparalleled feat of unyielding workmanship, sacrifice and courage.

 

Xiaowang&Shangshu Temples

 

 

 

Xiaowang

 

 

 

Shangshu Temples

Situated in the village of Tangqi, these two attractions are only around five minutes walking from the airport. During Emperor Guangxu’s reign in the Qing Dynasty, one the settlement’s early predecessors, Zhou Xia-men had the Xiaowang Temple (originally located in Quanzhou Province’s Hui’an City) reconstructed in its new spiritual home of Beigan and erected a golden statue in honor of the deity Xiaowang. Renowned for often granting visitors to the temple their wish, the temple as it stands today was completed with the aid of donations made by members of the local community in 1977. The Xiaowang and Shangshu Temples together form the spiritual capital of the island and it is even said that there is great weight attached to the respective gods’ preferences when it come local electoral candidates.

 

Qinbi & Daqiu Isle

 

 

 

 


Qinbi

 

 


Daqiu Isle

Qinbi Village remains to this day the finest and most well preserved example of traditional early settlements on the island. Thanks to restorations carried out by the local county government, the once abandoned stone dwellings have recovered their original charm as they look out from the steep hills onto the near lying bay. With its delightful coastal scenery and ancient facades often bathed in sunshine, the village is truly a sight to behold.

Equally beautiful is the name of Jingwo (or Mirror Rich) given to the neighboring bay. Said to have earned the title as a result of its mirror-like surface, the bay is home to the tranquil, close-lying rock protrusion known as Turtle Island. Slumbering silently in the calm waters from sunrise until sunset, the isle dreamily watches over the village’s shifting scenery throughout the day.
In the past, troops were stationed on the small island of Daqiu. Today, only a small number of inhabitants remain on this sedate and largely unsoiled haven. Historical sites well worth visiting include the former military stronghold of Daqiu Fort.

 

Wartime Park Attractions

 

 


Wartime Park Attractions of tanks

 


anti-aircraft canons

As one crosses the Tanghoudao (literally Tang Queen Path) Beach, vehicle tracks lead the way to the summit of Dawo (Large Fertile) Mountain. Along the way, the Wartime Memorial Peace Park gradually comes into view, situated on the site of a former military base. Under the direction of the Matsu Scenic Areas Management Office, this location has today been transformed into the vast and spectacular gardens that constitute the first memorial park of its kind in the entire country. Scattered all over with anti-aircraft canons and military trucks, tanks and weapons, the park is also home to a museum showcasing various military paraphernalia such as previously used uniforms, firearms and berets, giving visitors a taste of the wartime tension that once existed on either side of the Strait.

 

Biyuan (Verdant Garden)

 

 


memorial tower

 


Biyuan

Situated on a hillside overlooking the Wusha coast, this beautiful park boasts towering rock formations and lush forests. In the midst of this scenic retreat, stands a specially constructed memorial tower in honor of the members of the island chain’s northern garrison that were killed in the line of duty. Officially inscribed by Commander General TianShu-Zhang on the 1st of November 1959, the tower is today a monument to valor and enduring righteousness. A special commemorative pavilion and a series of small bridges were completed in May of 1969. Among the latter are the Dichen (or Cleansing) Bridge, the Muzhen (or Truth) Bridge and the Zhengqi Bridge (or Bridge of Righteousness).The park also contains several meditation pavilions, designed to provide visitors with idyllic escapes for contemplation and silence.

 

Baisha (White Sand) Wharf

 

Baisha Wharf terminal vision Close to the Baisha Wharf

This is one of island’s most important harbors. An hourly ferry service connecting Beigan and Nangan leaves from this point.