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  Matsu Islands Information - TextSheet.com
The Matsu Islands (馬祖列島 or less frequently, 馬祖群島 Pinyin: Mázǔ) are a minor archipelago of 19 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait administered as Lienchiang County (連江; Pinyin: Lianjiang), Fujian Province of the Republic of China (ROC, based on Taiwan).
The language spoken by Matsu residents is the Ping language (平話), a dialect of Northern Fujianese.
But the Matsu Islands are not the birthplace of the goddess as the human Lin Muoniang -- Meizhou Island is -- but her death place (on a seaport named after her on Nankan Island).
www.medbuster.com /encyclopedia/m/ma/matsu_islands.html   (668 words)

  
 Matsu (goddess) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Matsu (Chinese: 媽祖; pinyin: Māzǔ; Wade-Giles: Ma-tsu; literally "Mother-Ancestor"; POJ: Má-chó·), mortal name Lin Muoniang (林默娘), is the Taoist Goddess of the Sea who protects fishermen and sailors.
According to legend, Lin Muoniang (林默娘) was born in 960 (during the early Northern Song Dynasty) as the seventh daughter of Lin Yuan (林愿) on Meizhou Island, Fujian.
In one version, she died in 987 at the age of 28, when she climbed a mountain alone and flew to heaven and became a goddess.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Matsu_(goddess)   (913 words)

  
 MATSU ISLANDS FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Matsu Islands (馬祖列島 or less frequently, 馬祖群島 Pinyin: Mǎzǔ) are a minor archipelago of 19 islands and islets in the Taiwan_Strait administered as Lienchiang County (連江; Pinyin: Liánjiāng), Fukien Province of the Republic_of_China (ROC, now based on Taiwan).
As part of Fukien, Matsu Islands were not colonised by Japan, as the island of Taiwan and the Pescadores did.
But the Matsu Islands are not the birthplace of the goddess as the human Lin Muoniang -- Meizhou_Island is -- but her death place (on a seaport named after her on Nangan Island).
velocipay.com /Matsu_Islands   (738 words)

  
 MSN Encarta - Taiwan
Taiwan is bordered on the west by the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China, on the north by the East China Sea, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, and on the south by the South China Sea.
The government on Taiwan also administers the P’enghu Islands (Pescadores), the Chinmen Islands (Quemoy Islands) offshore from the mainland city of Xiamen, and the Matsu Islands offshore from Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian Province.
The Matsu Islands, situated northwest of Taiwan Island outside the mouth of the Min River, consist of a small main island and several smaller islands.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761577607/Taiwan.html   (635 words)

  
 Matsu Islands -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Since 1990, the county controls the Matsu Islands (Warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings) Bird (A consecrated place where sacred objects are kept) Sanctuary (馬祖列島燕鷗保護區;), which spreads across eight islands and islets in Nangan, Beigan and Tongyin Townships.
Matsu, though named after the goddess (Click link for more info and facts about Matsu) Matsu, is written with a different character that has a different tone.
But the Matsu Islands are not the birthplace of the goddess as the human Lin Muoniang -- (Click link for more info and facts about Meizhou Island) Meizhou Island is -- but her death place (on a seaport named after her on Nangan Island).
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/M/Ma/Matsu_Islands.htm   (1047 words)

  
 :.Indian Encyclopedia.:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Matsu Islands include five major islands: Nangan, Dongjyu and Sijyu (both in Jyuguang Township), Beigan, and Dongyin.
Since 1990, the county controls the Matsu Islands Bird Sanctuary (馬祖列島燕鷗保護區;), which spreads across eight islands and islets in Nangan, Beigan and Tongyin Townships.
But the Matsu Islands are not the birthplace of the goddess as the human Lin Muoniang -- Meizhou Island is -- but her death place (on a seaport named after her on Nangan Island).
www.indianencyclopedia.com /index.php?title=Matsu_Islands   (774 words)

  
 Fujian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In 1956, the ROC government moved the provincial government of Fujian to Taiwan, and the islands were placed under an extraordinarily tight military administration due to their extreme proximity to Mainland China.
Thus, Quemoy is included as one of the 45 counties and Matsu as one of the 334 townships.
The Matsu pilgrimage centers around Meizhou Island (Putian Municipality), because she was born there (and died on Matsu Islands).
www.kernersville.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Fujian   (2797 words)

  
 Matsu Island --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Matsu is the main island of a group of 19, the Matsu Islands, which constitute Lien-kiang (Lienchiang) hsien (county).
Quemoy is the principal island of a group of 12, the Quemoy (Chin-men) Islands, which constitute Chin-men hsien (county).
The Marshall Islands' nearest neighbors are Wake Island to the north, Kiribati and Nauru to the south, and the Federated States of Micronesia to the west.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9051415?tocId=9051415&query=matsu&ct=   (818 words)

  
 Tachen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Dachen Islands or Tachen Islands (Simplified Chinese: 大陈群岛; Traditional Chinese: 大陳群島; pinyin: Dàchén Qúndǎo) is a group of islands off the coast of Zhejiang, the People's Republic of China.
The Tachen Islands was controlled by the Republic of China (the government of which was based in Taiwan since 1949) until an evacuation by the American Navy in 1955 during the First Taiwan Strait Crisis.
Chiang Kai-shek grudgingly allowed the island to fall to the Communists so that the other offshore island groups, Kinmen and Matsu, could be successfully defended with American help.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tachen_Islands   (190 words)

  
 Matsu Islands: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com - All about Matsu Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Goddess Matsu is the etymology of the islands
The Matsu Islands (馬祖列島 or less frequently, 馬祖群島 Pinyin: Mázǔ) are a minor archipelago of 19 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait administered as part of Lienchiang County (連江; Pinyin: Lianjiang), Fujian Province of the Republic of China (ROC) (based on Taiwan).
Quemoy is the other Fujianese island controlled by the ROC.
www.encyclopedian.com /ma/Matsu-Islands.html   (661 words)

  
 MATZU National Scenic Area
In response, in 1999 the Lienchang County Government designated eight uninhabited islands-Paimiao, Chung Island, Tiehchien Island, Sanlien Islet and Chin Islet in Peikan Rural Township, Liuchuan Reef in Nankan Rural Township, Sheshan in Chukuang Rural Township and Shuangtsu Reef in Tungyin Rural Township-as gull refuges, and began recording the birds' natural history.
At present, the main summer-resident birds in the Matsu Archipelago include seven species: the bridled tern, the greater crested tern, the roseate tern, the fl-naped tern, the fl-tailed gull, the eastern reef heron and the northern white-rumped swift.
Matsu is the only place in the whole of the Taiwan Area where the fl-tailed gull breeds, and is at the northernmost limit of the greater crested tern's breeding range.
www.matzu-nsa.gov.tw /english/discover06.asp   (893 words)

  
 First Taiwan Strait Crisis Quemoy and Matsu Islands
The Nationalist-held islands of Jinmen (Chin-men in Wade Giles but often referred to as Kinmen or Quemoy) and Mazu (Ma-tsu in Wade-Giles), just 8 miles off the coast of mainland China, between Taiwan and mainland China, were occupied by Chiang Kai-Shek's forces but claimed by the Chinese Communists.
Matsu is a single island, while Quemoy is a group consisting of Quemoy, Little Quemoy, and 12 islets in Xiamen Bay.
During the crisis, it became evident that the USSR was not going to be drawn into a war with the United States that was not of its own choosing, and the PRC called off its military operations against Quemoy.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/ops/quemoy_matsu.htm   (928 words)

  
 FUJIAN FACTS AND INFORMATION
In 1956, the ROC government moved the provincial government of Fuchien to Taiwan, and the islands were placed under an extraordinarily tight military administration due to their extreme proximity to Mainland China.
Small parts of the province, namely the islands of Quemoy and Matsu are under the administration of the Republic_of_China on Taiwan.
The Matsu pilgrimage centers around Meizhou_Island (Putian Municipality), because she was born there (and died on Matsu_Islands).
www.witwik.com /Fujian   (2662 words)

  
 Articles - Matsu Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Matsu Islands (馬祗列島 or less frequently, 馬祗群島 Pinyin: MǎzÇ”) are a minor archipelago of 19 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait administered as Lienchiang County (連江 Pinyin: Liánjiāng), Fukien Province of the Republic of China (ROC, now based on Taiwan).
Dongyin is 100 nautical miles (190 km) from Keelung, Taiwan, 180 to the Pescadores Islands, and slightly over 10 nautical miles (19 km) from the mainland.
Since 1990, the county controls the Matsu Islands Bird Sanctuary (馬祗列島燕鷗保護區), which spreads across eight islands and islets in Nangan, Beigan and Tongyin Townships.
www.lastring.com /articles/Matsu_Islands   (799 words)

  
 Overview of the Provisional Implementation of “Mini-three-links” between the Offshore Islands of Kinmen & Matsu and ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Passenger or cargo vessels of the offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu are permitted, with prior approval, to carry passengers or goods between the offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu, and the Fujian Province of Mainland China.
Existing fishing vessels of the offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu may, in accordance with the guidelines established by the Kinmen or Matsu County (Hsien) government, sail directly to Mainland China.
From the medium to long-term perspective, as the offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu may be developed as a midway station for the exchange of goods between the two sides of the Strait, the two offshore islands may be further developed as a hub for tourism, shopping and vacations.
www.mac.gov.tw /english/english/macpolicy/mtlink2.htm   (1282 words)

  
 Tachen Islands.html
A communist invasion of these islands was beaten back during 1949 but the threat of another invasion attempt was ever present, and military skirmishes over these islands were constant.
During the mid-1950s a major artillary attack on Quemoy and Matsu, was thought to be the beginning of another invasion attempt on the islands by the communists.
The communist occupation of the Tachen islands prompted Congess to pass a resolution allowing President Eisenhower to use what ever force he saw fit to use in order to protect and ensure the safety of Formosa and the Pescadore islands.
www.geocities.com /pentagon/5943/p1tachen.html   (591 words)

  
 MSN Encarta - Related Items - Island
islands situated in bays, channels, gulfs, sounds, or straits
, island, Maui County, central Hawaii, between Molokai and Hawaii islands, known as the Valley Isle.
The second largest island of the state, it is...
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 Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
The renewed threat to the islands came after Beijing had argued that Soviet ICBM developments had changed the world's balance of forces decisively in favor of the Communist bloc, but it came when the reliability of the Soviet deterrent was being questioned within the Chinese defense establishment.
Chinese patrol boats blockaded Quemoy and Matsu against Chinese Nationalist resupply efforts This was accompanied by an aggressive propaganda assault on the United States, threats against American naval ships, and a declaration of intent to "liberate" Taiwan.
If the Chinese discussed with Khrushchev their concern over developments in the strait and their objectives regarding the offshore islands, it is likely that he recommended caution (although in his memoirs Khrushchev states that he was in favor of liquidating the islands in preparation for an attack on Taiwan itself).
www.globalsecurity.org /military/ops/quemoy_matsu-2.htm   (1516 words)

  
 The Ultimate Talk:List of metropolitan areas in Taiwan Dog Breeds Information Guide and Reference   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Matsu Islands and Quemoy are neither part of the island of Taiwan, nor province of Taiwan.
not restricted to the island of Taiwan or province of Taiwan.
While the status of Quemoy and Matsu is obviously of encyclopedic interest, it is scarcely grounds to obfuscate articles about Taiwan by using a confusing, therefore not conveying information accurately to users who have not previously been initiated, name.
www.dogluvers.com /dog_breeds/Talk:List_of_metropolitan_areas_in_Taiwan   (1243 words)

  
 phorum - Our World Forum at Asiawind - Taiwan buys water from China
Matsu is buying water from the Mainland, and Quemoy and the Pescadores are following suit.
Taiwan still bans full direct contact with China, which views the self-governing island as a breakaway province that must be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.
A boat ride from Matsu to Fujian takes only 90 minutes, compared with 12 hours between Matsu and the main island of Taiwan.
www.asiawind.com /forums/read.php?f=3&i=1904&t=1904   (252 words)

  
 Chapter 20- Taiwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The island’s largest libraries, both in T’aipei, are the National Central Library and the Taiwan Branch Library.
The current constitution of the government on Taiwan was adopted during the Chinese civil war in 1947, two years before the leaders of the government retreated to the island from the mainland.
Bands of Japanese are said to have conquered portions of the island in the 12th century, and from the 15th century onward Japan regarded the eastern half of Taiwan as its possession.
www.ibiblio.org /chinesehistory/contents/chap20.html   (4575 words)

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