June 10, 2017
The most stunning view that fascinated director Ang Lee is the magical phenomenon known as “blue tears” in the Matsu Islands of Taiwan during summer. Matsu, one of the highlights of Taiwan tourism, is a unique of blend of battlefield landscape and Eastern Min culture. The islands do not become a major tourist draw just for the spectacular seascape; they are also endowed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna. One of the islands, Daqiu, has become a destination to see rare and endangered species, such as Formosan Sika Deer, female of Rhagophthalmus, and the Chinese Crested Tern at close distance.
The mesmerizing blue along the coast of Matsu Island is caused by Noctiluca Ccintillans, highly buoyant, balloon-like cells that glow. They give the ocean a mysterious and majestic blue sheen when there are a large number of them distributed by wave. The phenomenon usually happens between April and August, and due to its unique terrain and coastline, Matsu is the best place to capture this natural phenomenon. Caused by the same phenomenon that creates the “blue tears,” as you walk through “star sands,” you will notice that you are leaving sparkling light-blue footprints behind, putting you in a dreamy romantic mood.
Besides all these natural wonders, Qinbi village, a settlement surrounded by cliffs and crystal-clear waters, is the charm of the Matsu reputed as “Matsu’s Mediterranean,” With clusters of well-preserved, classic Eastern Min style architecture stacking up on the steep hillside against an ocean backdrop, it is a reminiscent of the elegant Mediterranean. Furthermore, the buildings bear old-time beauty and captivating military history, One building with the finest workmanship is seen in a legendary “Pirate’s House” built during World War II. This Eastern Min flare of Matsu is favored much by local and foreign architectural, cultural, and artistic circles.
Daqiu island is the only uninhabited island in Matsu that opens to tourists. It is now populated with artificially reintroduced Formosan Sika Deers which you can observe closely. Rhagophthalmus Beigansis and Rhagophthalmus Giallolateralus are two kinds of firefly endemic to Matsu. Firefly sightings are another one of the great ways to appreciate Matsu’s natural beauty. With large crowds of migratory bird coming through the sky of Matsu, the months of July and August are the best time of a year to watch terns. Commonly seen terns in Matsu include Bridled Tern, Black-Naped Tern, Greater Crested Tern, and Roseate Tern. And if you are lucky enough, you may witness the “mythical bird” — once considered extinct, the Chinese Crested Tern.
Matsu has so many exciting ecotourism activities to offer. Come visit and experience her unique charm and make your summer truly…