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 buildings can still be found showing the old fishing lifestyle.
This “Xanadu” with its beautiful sea view used to be a landfill. Environmental restoration began after 2002, and now on holiday, the parking lot is always full. Many unique restaurants also opened in the surrounding area. If you have time, you can also take a short walk to the nearby Wangyou Valley, enjoying the complete scenery Badouzi has to offer!
At the harbor of the ChangTanLi fishing port, you will see the “Ping Lang Bridge” sign. This name was chosen to please God and ask that all the fishermen return safely. Continuing inside, you can still see the dock. Although it’s dilapidated and some parts of it are incomplete, you can still get a good glimpse of what it must have been in the early days.
Slowly walk into ChaoJing Park, you can see people drying seaweed. This type of seaweed is called “stone flower” in Chinese, and it can be made into a natural jelly through a repeated exposure process (washed stone flower) which is usually done locally. By exposure and a sprinkler, they wash the Phycoerythrin off the seaweed, and its color will gradually turn from dark red to pink, yellow, and then beige. The length is subject to the weather condition; the greater the sunlight and the higher the temperature, the shorter the time. It usually takes 5-7 days to complete.
ChaoJing Park is next to the famous sea-eroded terrain of Badouzi, where you can clearly see traces of wave erosion. Take a slow walk around, feeling the ocean breeze. Look out at Keelung Islet, and there will occasionally be fishing boats coming and going with kites flying in the seaside wind. On sunny days near sunset, the red color paints the whole skyline, and time slips by; you might not realize you’ve spent the whole afternoon in the park.