This is the first of a series of posts devoted to my recent trip to the Matsu Islands [馬祖列島]. The island chain is located in the northwest of the Taiwan Strait and is comprised of 26 main islands. My trip was spent on the two largest islands of the archipelago: Nangan [南竿] and Beigan [北竿].
The closest island is about 20 minutes by boat from China’s Fujian Province. Fujianese started migrating to the islands during the Yuan Dynasty. The language spoken by residents is the Fuzhou dialect of Min Dong Language.
At Taichung’s airport taking photos of planes and the airport is frowned upon… but not on Matsu!
A statue of General Chiang Kai-shek stares towards a land he will never recover
The Republic of China has been able to hold Matsu and Jinmen following their victory of the Battle of Kuningtou in October 1949.
Jiguang Pie (the Matsu Bagel/Hamburger)
At Beigan’s beautiful Banli Beach
More Matsu posts to come… I am busy sifting through about a gig of photos.