In 2000, eight Chinese crested terns, a species listed as critically endangered and called the “mythical bird,” were seen in Matsu, sending a wave of excitement through the ranks of birdwatchers. In the same year, the Matsu Islands Bird Sanctuary was established; seven species of bird that live there, including the Greater Crested Tern and Bridled Tern, are the main species protected. The June-to-August period is the best time to see these birds. Visitors can take a tern-watching boat cruise to get a close-up view of these beautiful and graceful creatures.

Dates: Jun. ~ Sept. 2013 (tentative)

Locations: Beigan Island and other Matsu areas (馬祖北竿等地)

Tel: (0836) 25630

Website: www.matsu-nsa.gov.tw