I am Uyan,and I come from Brazil.Traveling around
Taiwan,every stop offers a new surprise. Taiwan
is beautiful, it’s so are outlying islands.How do
feel about Matsu?
It’s very interesting,because I really love about
this history of China.Now, I want to travel around
to help you fall in love with Taiwan too.Join me
on today’s ”Time for Taiwan”.
With a sincere heart, I’m going to Matsu today to
worship the goddess Mazu.From the beginning the
Matsu people depended on the sea for their living,and
Mazu she is the goddess of the sea, fast she became
the center of the folk religion, and this temple
is said to be, the most famous Mazu temple.The goddess
Mazu is said to have originally been a woman named
Lin Mo-niang,who lived during the Song dynasty.
According to the story, she jumped into the sea,rescue
her father only to perish herself. Her body floated
from Meizhou,Fujian all the way ,to the coast off
Matsu Township in Nangan.The people of the island
celebrated her for her filial piety ,and gave her
a saint’s burial.The site of her tomb is at the
direct center,of Mazu Temple in Matsu Township.Because
of the depth of their belief in Mazu, her followers
built a park dedicated to their religion and culture
on the mountain near Matsu Township.
It's the first time that I see,such a huge statue
of Mazu, she looks so calm and benevolent, makes
me feel so peaceful.
The 29.6-meter-high Mazu,situated on a boat-shaped
base and facing the ocean, The whole statue is made
from 365 separate pieces of stone carved and fit
together, symbolizing peace for every day of the
year.As you can see, this tunnel was once used in
the past for military purpose, but now it is used
for praying.Below the statue of Mazu is an underground
tunnel, discovered while the park was under construction!
I really like this place,it’s really interesting
! You can see a lot of drawings on the floor
The outside view is so beautiful.Because of military
needs, the Matsu Defense Command initiated the ‘Beihai
Plan’ in 1968. The plan involved drilling a number
of so-called ‘underground docks’ into the islands.
If you come to Matsu without coming to the Beihai
tunnel it means you didn’t come to Matsu at all.
Want to know why I say that ? You have to come with
me Beihai Tunnel were dug with explosives, and by
the tools of the soldiers themselves, who labored
around the clock, for 820 days to finish the project.When
visiting tunnel, you can choose whether to see it
by foot or by boat.I would never imagine that such
a big tunnel would all be dug out only with the
soldiers excavations tools, no big machines, incredible.This
trip to the outlying island of Matsu,has been a
really stunning experience. If you have the chance,
you should definitely come to experience,the beauty
of Matsu for yourself!