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Matsu in manageable doses

This year’s Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage begins on Friday. Read on to find out what to expect on the nine-day, eight-night procession, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, and one-day trips for those who can’t walk the entire 330km route

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff reporter

It is not uncommon to see young toughs in one territory screaming at those in another territory to let Matsu pass — after all, the goddess is on a tight schedule and the more time spent in one territory, the less time she has for another.

Though there are many starts and stops, arguments and curses, fireworks and firecrackers, Matsu’s sedan chair eventually makes its way toward Tianhou Temple (天后宮) in the city center.

Getting there: Take the Taiwan Rail to Changhua Station (彰化火車站) and walk 15 minutes along Yonglu Street (永樂街) to Tianhou Temple. Just follow the noise of firecrackers.

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