I took the opportunity to do a bit of local tourism today heading out to Dajia (大甲) in Taichung County. The first place I stopped was the Wenchang Shrine (文昌祠), a beautiful little temple with neatly kept grounds.
Next stop was the Dajia Matsu Temple (大甲鎮瀾宮). The temple is one of the busiest and most important religious centres in Taiwan. It is the starting point of the annual Matsu pilgrimage held in March or April.
The temple was busy with people making offerings and burning incense.
The gods in the temple were bright and colorful.
Outside the temple several new cars were lined up to be blessed. The man in the white vest busily performed a ritual around the cars.
A parade visiting the temple created a noisy scene. I captured some video of the action.
After visiting the temple I headed out to the coast at Da’an (大安). The coastline is dotted with wind turbines, but otherwise quite desolate. I explored the ruins of an abandoned seaside resort. The beach was bleak and windswept.
*More photos in the Day Trip to Dajia set at flickr.