Discover the Keelung Night Parade

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The Keelung Night Parade takes place two weeks after the end of the Ghost Month. When the time comes, huge dancing figures take over the streets of Keelung. The entire city gets wrapped by the smoke from firecrackers and the smell of incense. The usual noise of the motorcycles is replaced by melodies from trumpets and drums. And people 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

Jiufen: A day trip from Keelung

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Jiufen is one of the most touristic spots in Taiwan and a must visit place for many travellers. It is barely 15 km away from Keelung and you can easily get there by bus in around 50 minutes (Bus number 788 stops right in front of Jiufen’s Old Street). Another great option is to rent a car or motorbike for … 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 at night: The 8 spots for a walk

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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

Intrepid Travels: 6 Must Visit Spots for a Daytime Walk in Keelung

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It’s not always sunny in Keelung but if you catch a nice day: Here are the 6 must-visit spots to visit during a daytime walk.   YM Oceanic Culture & Art Museum This museum is much less scientific than the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology. Exhibits (in Mandarin and usually English) include a section dedicated to fishing villages … Read More

Taiwanese Culture: The Taoist Procession

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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 harbor. You can especially see the life of religious festivals brightening small towns like this. These events are kept quite secret, and most of their web … Read More

First Impressions

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Busy and crowded streets, cafés and bakeries everywhere … a month ago, when I first arrived in Keelung (also known as Jilong), I never expected to find this. Because of the poor images found on the internet and lackluster comments about the town from some Taiwanese friends, I had a completely different expectation from the reality. Once I got here, … Read More

Herb Alley

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Many people come to Keelung to visit the famous Miaokou Night Market. In addition to enjoying tasty snacks, there are many interesting hidden wonders near the market. By the side door of Tien-Ji Temple, you can find one of these little gems: Herb Alley. The entrance is next to the famous A-Hua fried noodles stand. “Keelung Herb Alley” refers to … Read More

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