Terns and Tunnels of Matsu

Michella Jade Weng, Presenter:
Hi, I’m Michella. This is my friend Cedric! We’re on the sea in Matsu, and what are we doing here again?

Cedric Jouarie,French Expat:
Actually, we are tern watching.

Hats, check. Sunglasses, check. Sunscreen, life vest, motion sickness medicine, check check check. Gulls and terns of Matsu, here we come! From April to September each year, birds like the black-naped tern, bridled tern, greater crested tern, Chinese crested tern and black tailed gull flock here to date and mate. So even though we’re being the third wheel, bird watching here is great.

But unfortunately, the black tailed gull isn’t being a welcoming host today and sent the bridled terns instead. Hm, don’t these guys remind you of Batman’s sidekick, Robin?

Gulls freely fly over Matsu these days, but during the first and second Taiwan Strait Crisis, artillery from China rained from the sky. An important line of defense against the PRC, Matsu had 50 thousand soldiers stationed here at the height of the crisis. But today there are only some 3500, and totally safe for traveling.

This granite tunnel, one of four in Matsu, was dug by soldiers in the 1960’s for military use. It’s now open to visitors and the newest attraction here is touring it by gondola or canoe. This is one place you won’t want to miss when you come to Matsu.

Cedric Jouarie, French Expat:
I think this is the most peaceful place I have ever been to. There is something both magical and dramatic, and you also feel the history of the place. What I felt most of all is the human history and all the lives that were lost in this magical place, so it kind of forces respect upon you.

Michella Jade Weng, Presenter:
If you were to tell friends about Matsu, what would you say?

Cedric Jouarie, French Expat:
I would say, “go there.” Two words, “go there!”



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