When learning that there were white Hollywood-style letters on a hill overlooking the Keelung Port, my first thought was “that’s silly.” But then I thought immediately - I want to visit those letters!
The “Keelung” sign is one of the city’s major landmarks. The history of the sign is somewhat of a mystery, but locals say it was built in 2006. The sign can be seen prominently from many parts of the city and overlooks the Keelung Port. The sign is a nice sight in the distance while walking along the river.
When you're at the Keelung Port, you might enjoy watching the people, ships, fish, birds. But there is also a presence to your left beckoning you up that hill. It’s not far away, so step out of your comfort zone and check it out!
How to get to the sign from Keelung Port
If you’re coming from Keelung Port, head to the Keelung Station. Leave the train station and walk across Zhongshan 1st Rd. There are multiple ways up, but the crosswalk basically runs into this one.
Enter it and follow the signs up the hill.
The trail you are on is called the Huzi Mountain Trail. It winds between a quiet neighborhood up a pretty steep hill for a little bit.
Within 15 minutes, you will reach a school. This school is now partially converted into a bookstore with a great tea shop on the second floor. From there, which way do you think you should go?
There are plenty of signs all the way up.
And the other side...
From here, you can get a great view of Keelung Port, Keelung Islet in the distance, and the hills and mountains surrounding the city.
The sign itself is probably bigger than you had imagined. The letters have many little holes in them and are surrounded by strips of LED lights.
Behind the letters are a track and a basketball court.
You can continue going up the stairs to the very top of the hill, which seems like an old fort area and gives more good looks.
Seems like there’s not much else up on this hill, but it’s a great place for a little bit of solitude. You can feel the waves of wind against your face and hear the gentle whispers of the city and harbor below. I would recommend a quick hike up to the sign for anyone coming to Keelung. Whether your opinion is of these white letters overlooking the city, they are fun to visit. Therefore, what are you waiting for? Come visit Keelung Port!