Top 10 Small Tourist Towns in Taiwan - Dajia District

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Dajia District (Chinese: 大甲區) is a coastal suburban district in Taichung, Taiwan. It is located on the northwestern corner of Taichung. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Touist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan.
Dajia Mazu Sightseeing Cultural Festival, Taichung A religious and pompous event – Dajia Mazu border-tour of incense-offering
In the spring of Taiwan, amidst blossoming natural flowers, every locality is stirred for the event of welcoming and receiving Mazu. Mazu, being long stalled adored in the temple, is being shouldered by worshippers to view the spring for blessing. Everyone with religious sentiment happily participates in the event of the joyful god-welcoming competitions.
Among these events to welcome Mazu, held in every locality, is the border-tour of incense-offering of “Dajia, Taichung Mazu Sightseeing Cultural Festival.” The tour would travel across the city and village of the former Taichung County (now part of Taichung City), Changhwa County, Yuanlin County, and Chiayi county and is considered to be one of the major events of Taiwan’s religious community. As a whole, the tour would march a distance on foot of 330 kilometers, and lasts over 7 days and 8 nights, passing by more than eighty participating temples. During the border-tour of incense-offering, both the traditional folk arts as well as new-generation artistic performance of Taiwan join in the tour for joy, attracting a great deal of attention.
As the worshippers travel through the county and city with the faith of Mazu, they build up friendships with people along the way. During the 7-day and 8-night tour of incense-offering, there are joyful and exciting events and religious prayer as well as concentrated and ascetic sentiments – a co-existence of the heavenly and temporary, while artistic performances of the ancient, contemporary, local, or overseas are staged within the same context of space and time. As a result, the intermingled moments of religious faith and an exhilarating joyful atmosphere have confirmed the religious faith of the people of Taiwan.

In recent years, the festival is increasingly attracting the growing number of Mazu worshippers in mainland China - in 2010 there were more than 2,000 mainland followers from about 40 Mazu temples. President Ma Ying-jeou also attended.
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