A guide to vintage shopping in Keelung: 4 Shops you have to check out

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As someone who is very interested in fashion, my favorite way to shop is second hand and vintage because it is better for the environment and the pieces you buy always come with some kind of history, many of them having been loved and worn for years but yet they still find their way to a new owner who will … Read More

From “Sea Women” to the Sea of Change: Seaweed, Goggles, and Climate Change

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Walking through the villages surrounding Keelung all the way from Yehliu 野柳, Heping Island 和平島, and Badouzi 八斗子 to Longdong 龍洞 and Aodi 澳底, the golden braids of suntanned “stone flower vegetable” 石花菜 cover the empty street corners. Occasionally, there is a sign by the road advertising “stone flower jelly” 石花凍, sold by the enigmatic “sea women” 海女, whose “culture” … Read More

Bubble Tea: Demystifying Taiwan

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If tea is the national drink of Britain, vodka is the national drink of Russia, and soju is the national drink of South Korea, then bubble tea must be the national drink of Taiwan. The origin of the bubble tea is not clear: it is sometimes said that it was invented in Taichung, some other times in Tainan. Bubble tea … Read More

8 typical not-fish marine species found at the Keelung Fish Market

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Keelung is well known for its Kanziding Fish Market. It’s not only a top tourist attraction, but it’s also the place to go for restaurateurs -big and small- to get the best and cheapest seafood to satisfy their demanding clienteles’ palate.  Not-fish marine species found at the Keelung Fish Market In a previous article , we told you about some … Read More

A Uniquely Keelung Tour: A Walk Around The City’s Hidden Gems

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Guiding the route in English I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t get anything out of the experience because I don’t speak Chinese, but I was very wrong. The tour guide, Ilun, speaks wonderful English and was able to tell me a lot. The group i was in were all Taiwanese, but I never felt out of place. As it … Read More

Taiwan culture: Experiences of Life in the Interplay of Yin and Yang Realms: Differences Between Taoist Priests’ Perspective on the Hungry Ghost Festival and ‘Muggles'”

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  In large and small ceremonies, Taoist priests wearing Taoist robes can be seen performing pujas on the spot, chanting words. In the eyes of ordinary people, Taoist priests are at different levels from us “Muggles”. “The hot man, shuttling through one puja after another, is there any secret that is unknown? In their eyes, what kind of existence is … Read More

A Keelung Ghost Festival Walking Tour

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I recently had the privilege of joining a very special walking tour with Keelung For A Walk: The Ghost Festival Tour. Despite the fact that there are currently no English tours happening (and likely won’t be for some time as COVID-19 has meant such restrictive travel measures), I was able to accompany the group for a Chinese tour, of which … Read More

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