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Meizhou Island, Putian

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Meizhou Island is a small island close to the shores of Putian, Fujian Province, People's Republic of China. It is known for being the birthplace of the goddess Matsu. Meizhou has 38,000 inhabitants, most of whom are involved in the fishing industry.HistoryAn open provincial tourism economic region since June 1988, in April 1992 Meizhou Island introduced a landing visa policy for visitors from Taiwan. In October of the same year it became a national tourism-vacation region . The island was formally opened to visitors from overseas in October 1999.Annually, some 100,000 Taiwanese pilgrims come to Meizhou to see the place where Matsu once lived, some of whom visit every year.AdministrationMeizhou Island is administered by Meizhou Town, an area that is divided into 11 villages: Gaozhu (高朱) Xiashan (下山) "Downhill" Lianche (莲池) "Lotus Pond" Beidai (北埭 dài) "North Dam" Dongcai (东蔡) "The East Cais" Xiting (西亭) "The Western Pavilion" Ganglou (港楼) "The Tower by the Port" Zhaixia (寨下) "Lower Village" Dayang (大洋) "Great Ocean" along with three others.Meizhou Town is an administrative unit within the Xiuyu District of Putian City.GeographyLocated in the northern part of the mouth of Meizhou Bay, Meizhou Island covers an area of 14.35km2 and measures 9.6km north-south, and 1.3km east-west. The beach runs for around 20km.
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  • This was supposed to be the highlight of our trip, but when we finally made it here, we were sad to see how much capitalism had crept into the area. I get it - tourism is where most of these folks get...  more »
  • This island is very popular due to the Mazu Temple which is located on this island. Many people will come over here to pray especially during the Mazu festival. Beside the local Chinese, the Taiwanese...  more »
  • A big monastery with a few beautiful sights. Very spiritual place. Restaurants owners a bit annoying, but that's OK. A MUST visit if in Putian!  more »
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