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Wuchiu -- a paintball and Matsu hub?

CNA , TAIPEI

The Executive Yuan is eyeing the tiny islet of Wuchiu -- located between Matsu and Kinmen -- as a possible new tourist attraction, as well as a religious site for followers of the goddess Matsu.

With its beautiful coastline and relatively clean water, Wuchiu -- which is under the jurisdiction of the Kinmen County Government -- could be turned into a tourist attraction.

This was especially because of streets with old stone cabins of unknown origin, said Executive Yuan tourism spokesman Chang Ching-sen (張景森) on Sunday after making a trip to the outlying islet last Tuesday.

Wuchiu, with its unique military history and infrastructure, including buildings, could also be turned into a recreational center for those younger people interested in informal combat training and playing war games, Chang said.

The tiny island of 1.2km2 could also be turned into a religious center, taking advantage of its proximity to Fujian Province's Meizhou City, where Matsu is said to have originated, Chang said.

Thousands of worshippers of Matsu would see their annual pilgrimage to China considerably shortened if they could proceed to Meizhou City via Taichung and Wuchiu, he added.

Wuchiu's name hit the front pages of newspapers a few years ago after it was chosen by Taipower (台電) as a dump site for its nuclear waste. The plan was aborted after opposition from locals and the central government.

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