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

Four Historical Lighthouses in Keelung

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Lighthouses have long had a unique hold on the human imagination. They are neither of the sea nor of the land. They exist in a liminal zone on the border between the elements, between the known world of houses, streets and hills and the dark, unknowable depths of the ocean. On the one hand, they are expressions of man’s noblest … Read More

Eight things to do on Heping Island

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There is so much to see and do in and around Keelung. The city itself is home to a lively fish market, bustling night markets and a long multicultural history. One place of particular interest is the lovely Heping Island. There are so many things to do on Heping Island. With its beautiful coastline, park and fort, it is worth … Read More

Baimiweng Fort and Sheliao East Fort

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What do fallen empires leave behind? The Keelung remains from previous empires that can be found around town are astonishing. In a scene of the movie “The Life of Brian”, a zealot asked an assembled group of other zealots: “What have the Romans given us?” The round answers in turn: “The aqueduct?” “And the sanitation.” Et cetera.   Finally, the zealot … Read More

COFFEE GUIDE IN KEELUNG

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Taiwan as a small island surprises all the time. Everyone is telling about amazing food – I agree! However I want to talk about coffee because I found out taiwanese coffee scene very well developed.   Why am I writing about coffee? I used to own a cafe in Europe for several years so you can guess that I’m passionate … Read More

Keelung from a Scotsman’s Eyes

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Similarities in Faraway Places It is a rare wintry sunny morning in the oft rainy port town of Keelung. I ascend the rooftop of Keelung For A Walk, sticky aromas of coffee and cigarettes clinging around me as I gaze upon the hills that cradle the town and welcome in the sea air. The morning sun graces us with her presence like an … Read More

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

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