Meizhou Island in Putian
Meizhou Island is the second largest island in Putian, which is qualified to become a bathing beach resort, and is known for being the birthplace of the goddess Matsu.
Attraction Type: Nature & Parks, Islands
Chinese Name: 莆田市湄洲岛
Best Time to Visit:June to October
Open Hours: 07:00~19:00
Admission Fee: 65 RMB / Person
Address in English: No.1588 Meizhou Avenue, Xiuyu District, Putian, Fujian Province, China.
Address in Chinese: 中国福建省莆田秀屿区梅州大道1588号
Why is Meizhou Island So Special
Meizhou Island is a small island close to the shores of Putian, Fujian Province in China. The island endowed with beautiful vistas, but also has famous manmade landscape. As it is well known, Meizhou Island is the hometown of Chinese Goddess of the Sea – Mazu, and the birthplace of the Mazu Culture.
Where is Meizhou Island – Location
Meizhou Island of Putian, Fujian Province is located in the northern half of the mouth of Meizhou Bay, about 1.8 nautical miles from the mainland and faces the Taiwan Straits to the southeast. The coastline, indented with over 12 miles of fine beaches, which is qualified to become a bathing beach resort.
How to Get There
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If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers sightseeing dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Meizhou Island with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
You need to take bus to rent a car to bring you to Wenjia Wharf first, then transfer to a ferry to board the island. You may rent a car or take bus at local bus station to get to the wharf. It takes about 2 hours from hou to Wenjia Wharf, about 2.5 hours from Xiamen to Wenjia Wharf. To Wenjia Wharf, 50 minutes from Putian city to Wenjia Wharf. The boat or ferry from Wenjian Wharf to the island takes 15 minutes. After you board the island, you can take the tourist shuttle bus to tour around the island.
Mazu, named Lin Mo as a baby; she was very intelligent and had both medical and navigational skills. In her short life, she both saved and blessed many fishermen and villagers alike. Deeply respecting her great compassion and high spirit, later generations built a commemorative temple dedicating it to her upon Meiyu Peak. Today, the temple is vibrant with worshippers who come for Mazus’ blessing.
The main attractions on the island include Matsu Temple, Mazu Cultural Park, Goose Tail Magic Stone Park(E Wei Shen Shi Park), Jiubaolan Golden Beach, Matsu Studio City, etc..
Recommended Visiting Route
Golden Coast – Mazu Temple – Potala Palace at sea – The Ancestral Temple Forest Park – the Japanese Pit Beach – Mazu film city – Goose Tail God Stone Garden – Golden Beach – Three Thousand Tons Pier.
Useful Travel Tips
1. Best Time to Go
June to October would be the best time to visit Meizhou Island, to enjoy the sunshine on the beach. It would be a little cold if you come in winter.
2. Accommodate at Meizhou Island
Most of the hotels or guesthouse can be found near to the Meizhou Ancestral Temple of Goddess Matsu. The hotel facilities are not too bad. The hotel price is quite reasonable in normal days, but it will rise at weekends or during holidays.