Keelung City – the Times Square of Taiwan?

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In an earlier article, I made a call for establishing a red light district in Keelung. Controversial as it sounds, I believe that Keelung City has the potential to be the Times Square of Taiwan — provided the city is willing, and able, to overcome its taboos and culture of conservatism. During the 1970s and 1980s, New York’s Times Square was the site of … Read More

The Keelung Night Parade

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The Keelung Night Parade is one of the biggest events in Northern Taiwan’s ‘Rainy port’ following the Ghost Month Festival. With colourful costumes and a lot of noise, participants pass through the Night Market and various temples. Mila, founder of Keelung for a Walk (KFW), explains why the parade is so important for the inhabitants of Keelung. KFW: The Keelung … Read More

Taiwan Culture: Interview with Beiguan Musician Chen Wenji

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For musician Chen Wen-Ji, Beiguan music was a chance discovery that led to a lifelong love affair. In a cramped room with no heating or light, I sat with my friend Mila across Chen Wen-Ji in an informal interview setting. Distant suonas (嗩呐) cut through the air with its uniquely loud screeching, gus (鼓; drums) and symbols beating in time … Read More

Keelung Locals: Keelung Heartbeats #2

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The Keelung Heartbeat series is based on snippets of conversations we hear from the amazing Keelung locals when out and about in the city. We love telling you about the beautiful places in our city, its culture and its food—but what makes Keelung Keelung is the people. By capturing short moments of interaction between Keelung locals in an everyday setting, … Read More

Keelung Locals: Keelung Heartbeats #1

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The Keelung Heartbeat series is based on snippets of conversations we hear when out and about in the city among the Keelung locals. We love telling you about the beautiful places in our city, its culture and its food—but what makes Keelung Keelung is the people. By capturing short moments of interaction between everyday people in an everyday setting, we … Read More

Keelung Culture: Seafaring People

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When you stay in one place for a long time, you get to know the locals and their daily lives. At the same time, you begin to see some new color to the place you are visiting because everything around you takes on new life, everything has an explanation. The locals are at the heart of Keelung culture. Mr. Peng … Read More

Epic Kanziding Fish Market – number 1 attraction in Keelung!

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If you still want some adventures after enjoying some drinks at a local bar, one of the best things you could do after midnight is head to Keelung’s Kanziding Fish Market! Once you get to Kanziding Fish Market, you will be thrown directly into its lively atmosphere. Many colorful fish, big and small, are exposed in ice buckets and baskets, … Read More

Kanziding Fish Market Auctioneer: the legendary Tiaoshou!

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In 1975, the west side of the Asahikawa River began to leave its mark on local culture. Located in the most prosperous business district was a consignment store and the largest fish auction in northern Taiwan at Kanziding Fish Market. Maybe it’s hard for visitors to imagine, but during the daytime, all the fish stores are closed with garage doors, … Read More