TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --Taiwan Tourism Bureau's Matsu National Scenic Area Administration is offering foreign visitors a NT$2,000 reimbursement to visit Matsu Islands starting now until March 31st, 2018.
To promote local tourism in the winter, the bureau is offering overnight foreign nationals and residents from Hong Kong and Macau a NT$2,000 travel subsidy per person for any group under four people. For overnight Chinese visitors traveling to Matsu via the "mini-three links,” the islands will offer souvenir with value over NT$1,500.
As for Taiwanese visitors, they will have to join a travel group of at least 5 people (including a tour guide) through a legitimate travel agency to get up to a NT$3,200 travel subsidy (NT$500 for traveling and staying overnight at Nangan, NT$700 for Beigan, NT$1,000 for both Juguang and Dongyin, and NT$3,200 if they travel all the four townships)
Matsu is a group of islands off China's southern coast, approximately 100 miles northwest of the island of Taiwan. The islands are famous for beautiful historic architectures and other attractions, such as "blue tears" in summer.
Unlike other outlying islands of Taiwan, there are many uphills on the Matsu islands which makes it difficult for visitors to travel around by scooter. The bureau encourages visitors to join travel groups for an in-depth travel around Matsu islands.