Keelunger’s Shangri-La – Secret Coast

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Keelungers have always had their own cherished stores of “secret spots.” Different from most popular tourist destinations, these places usually host relatively few people, and as such are quiet, serene, and clean. I call these spots “Shangri-La.” On the coastal junction of Keelung and Ruifang, there is such a place. Want to step into the mist of the sea? You … Read More

The Window of Keelung Port: YM Oceanic Culture & Art Museum

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The window of Keelung is always facing the ocean, and over the past few centuries, the oceanic culture of the region has accumulated rich and diverse imprints and experiences. In the mid-nineteenth century (1863), Keelung Port opened, and it served an important role in the strategy and trade that attracted attention overseas. During the Japanese colonial period, Keelung Port was … Read More

Badouzi Fishing Village Museum: A Story of Swordfishing

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Badouzi is now widely known for its newly built National Museum of Marine Science and Technology (NMMST) and the many boats next to its fishing port. However, Keelungers’ impression of Badouzi is winding valleys and scenery from the hidden lives of a fishing village. Badouzi Fishing Village Museum is situated in the tortuous alleys of Badouzi Street. The old houses you see downtown … Read More

From Landfill to Xanadu: ChaoJing Park at Badouzi

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In Keelung, the sea can be seen from almost everywhere. ChaoJing Park is no exception, offering one of the area’s best views of the sea. Take the 103 bus to the NMMST stop and walk along Beining Road. You will first arrive at ChangTanLi fishing port, which is surrounded by the Changtan community. This is a typical small fishing village, and old … Read More

Keelung History in an Alley: Columbus Bar

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Keelung’s bar culture started when the US military participated in the Vietnam War.  The city became a central location where the soldiers could rest and take a break. Many American soldiers arrived at Keelung Port and helped establish new developments such as bars, consignments stores and jeans streets. After the war, the soldiers left, the hustle and bustle of the … Read More

See the Green Valley Beside the Sea at Badouzi Park

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Sometimes when you don’t want any distractions, it is best to find a quiet place in a corner somewhere to just relax or release your stress. From the moment you enter Wangyou Valley, at Badouzi park, you will see its V-shaped green valley breaking into the blue coastline. In addition, you can see Keelung Islet and fishing boats heading back … Read More

Zhongshan Bridge: The Blue Corridor in the Image of Dr. Hou Hsiao-Hsien

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  Whether it’s day or night, the “winding blue corridor” is filled with variation. You can see the actress Shu Qi on a midnight stroll and dance on the dreamy Zhongshan Bridge, enjoying a moment of freedom in the opening of the film “Millennium Mambo.” In this movie, Lin Qiang’s song, “A Pure Person,” paints a vivid picture for movie … Read More

Secret Coast: Daping (Sea-Eroded Terrain of Badouzi)

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Yehliu has the “Queen’s Head” rock; in Badouzi, there is a secret mushroom hidden in plain sight. This is an intertidal zone you should definitely explore. In spring, the tide brings green and lush seaweed up on the rocky stones. The local visitors splash in the waves, and the Taiwanese Sea Ladies squeezes through the caves underwater to get fresh … Read More

Baimiwong Fort: Land of Giants

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Keelung was once an important battlefield in northern Taiwan. This port city welcomed the new ruler of Taiwan and defeated the invaders. Due to different wars and rulers in the past hundred years, most buildings wouldn’t have been able to survive without renovation. However, atop the hills surrounding the Keelung port area, you can find ruins of a key structure in … Read More

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