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Taiwan’s Matsu turns off street lights to see ‘blue tears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the “blue tears” season has come to Taiwan’s outlying Matsu Islands, local townships have implemented measures to regulate evening lighting in order t...

Taiwan's Matsu Islands recognized as one of world's top 'Smart Communities'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Lienchiang County (連江縣), better known internationally as the Matsu (馬祖) Islands, has joined the ranks of the top “smart cities” according to the...

Taiwan tourism magnet of Matsu hosts summer concert series

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Matsu Islands are hosting a summer music fest between July 12 and Aug. 17 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Matsu National Scenic Area Administration and the half-ce...

'Blue tears' not toxic: Taiwan researcher

Fluorescent blue sparkles, dubbed "blue tears," that glow around Taiwan's offshore Matsu Islands are not caused by toxic algae and a sign of environmental deterioration, a Taiwanese rese...

Taiwan’s Matsu rolls out activities for visitors to view ‘blue tears’ from sea

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Beigan Township Office (北竿鄉公所) and Matsu National Scenic Area Administration have organized a series of activities, dubbed “A Trip on the Ocean,” for tourists to ex...

'Blue tears' phenomenon becomes tourist hit in Taiwan's Kinmen

TAIPEI (CNA) -- Dubbed "blue tears" by local residents, the mysterious sparkling blue light that can be spotted along the shore of Kinmen during spring, has become a major tourist attraction...

A visit to Taiwan’s Matsu islands, the time capsule of Chinese Civil War’s frontline

Matsu’s “blue tears” have made the outlying island chain a popular destination, enticing travelers to come from far and wide to see the natural phenomenon during the summer. Other th...

Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa recommends places for travel in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Dressed in a traditional-style red dress covered in gold embroidery, Japanese actress and model Masami Nagasawa (長澤雅美) said it was a privilege to assume the role as the sp...

Taiwan launches 'universal design' contest to boost accessibility at scenic areas

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Tourism Bureau has kicked off a universal design competition targeting the island’s scenic spots in a bid to create a more travel-friendly environment, the agenc...

Taiwan's Matsu Islands offer NT$2,000 travel subsidies to foreign visitors

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,...

Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change

BANDAR AL-ROWDAH, Oman (AP) — The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India. Scientists who st...

'Blue Tears' off Matsu coast confirmed to be caused by dinoflagellates

A research conducted by a National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) team laid to rest the riddle regarding the formation of the "Blue Tears," the mysterious blue lights spotted off the coast of Taiwan’s...