The Ties That Bind Aboriginal Taiwanese and Polynesians

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Are Aboriginal Taiwanese the ancestors of Polynesians? I explored this claim during my recent visit to Keelung. I’ve been traveling with my family for two years around Asia and the Pacific. Learning about history and culture while we travel is always an interesting way to know more about a place. Coming to Taiwan presented me with the opportunity to explore … Read More

The Foreign Fishermen Of Keelung

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Why Are There So Many Foreign Fishermen In Keelung? Keelung is famous for its iconic fishery ports. But upon closer look, there’s something off about the day-to-day activities at the bay – the fisherman manning the ships are foreigners, mainly from Southeast Asian Countries. To find out why Taiwanese people aren’t going out to sea anymore and why they were … 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.   Origins of Beiguan Music 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) … Read More

Keelung at Night: 8 Spots to Visit

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A harbor city makes for great entertainment when it’s dark. Here are our recommendations when you visit Keelung at night.   Maritime Plaza Keelung’s heart and soul. Watch the eagles soar, the boats drift in, and the bright neon lights at night. A great spot to relax, eat and watch the world go by before visiting many of the city’s … Read More

Taiwanese Culture: Discover the Keelung Ghost Festival!

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Taiwanese Culture: Origins of the Taiwan Ghost Festival There is a rich history attached to Taiwanese culture. The seventh month of the lunar calendar is recognized as Taiwanese Ghost Month or seventh month festival.  In the northeastern part of Taiwan stands the sleepy port city of Keelung. For over 163 years, the small city has mobilized to host an entire … Read More

Keelung Festivals

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Throughout the year, there are many Keelung festivals to visit. Most of these festivals operate according to the Chinese Lunar calender, so dates will vary from year to year. If you are planning on visiting Keelung or Taipei during these times, make sure you do not miss these lively festivities as Keelungers love a good reason to celebrate! February/ March … Read More

Keelung Culture Taboo: the city’s red light district

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Just a few blocks down from Keelung Miaokou Night Market, you can find the red light district of Keelung. Here the lights are dim, storefronts are partially shuttered and people passing through walk hurriedly with umbrellas hiding their eyes. Rocky ledges of storefronts create a barrier to distance its owners from the street hustlers and scantily clad women; motorcycles zoom … Read More

Taiwanese Culture: The Taoist Procession

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The Rich Taiwanese Culture During the warm season in Keelung, you can enjoy the real Taiwanese culture and it’s lively atmosphere. The streets are populated by merry celebrations such as the carnival procession in memory of the birth of Keelung harbour. You can especially see the life of religious festivals brightening small towns like this. These events are kept quite secret, and … Read More

Visit Keelung: A Little Universe for Butterflies

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Visit Keelung Not so long ago, Keelung was known as the town of butterflies. What I like about this city, although it is not as big as Taipei, is that you can find everything: typical city attractions like squares, restaurants and shops, historic buildings and markets are just a short walk away. But if you want to get away from … Read More

Keelung Port: A Relaxing Stroll Along The Dock

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Keelung port is undoubtedly the heart of Keelung. In summer, when it’s less hot in the evening or after dinner, you can take a walk along Maritime Plaza and enjoy the boats, the colours, and the lights on the water. It changes every few seconds, like a sort of disco for … Read More

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