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What a walking tour around such a wonderful city!

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Walking tour in Keelung

What is a foreigner going to discover in this wonderful city? Food, people, markets, all of the above? Read on to find out.


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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.

I still got to experience places I would never have gone to unless I’d been on the tour.

Guiding the route in English

The tour guide, Ilun, speaks wonderful English and was able to tell me a lot, but the group that booked the tour are all local.

But as it happens one of the guys is local to Keelung and was able to tell me some facts, and also translate some of the guide's information.

There are many temples all over Taiwan, so of course, the Keelung Chenghuang Temple was one of the first things on the itinerary, very beautiful but I didn't catch any info on it.


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I have been told Keelung is a rainy city but we got lucky and there were only a few showers and generally the weather was great!

And a big section of the walk is either indoors or undercover at least.

My favorite part was next, the market by the train tracks.

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Walking tour

Really fresh veg all round, the smells were something to behold, luckily I didn’t smell any stinky tofu!

Next to an indoor market that I have passed and never had the confidence to go in, mainly as I didn’t know what it was.

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We headed to the market to get some food, and met these two lovely women serving us delicious curry rice. (Renai Market)

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 Unforgettable Food in Keelung

If you see them grab a bite it’s delicious. But the local guy who was doing some translating for me, and I were still hungry, so he suggested a place he knew, so I of course took his suggestion, local knowledge is always best! As we walked I noticed one of my favorite fried chicken places Monga and a new one right next to it, I couldn’t wait to come back already.
We ended up here and also meeting these two guys after I photobombed them, Taiwanese really are friendly!


The food was also delicious and the company excellent.

The tour was to continue soon so we said our goodbyes and walked to meet up with the group at E-square, a big shopping mall with a running track on the roof, with an excellent view of the harbor and the work going on there.

We checked out the roof top track, now my local running track, and continued on the tour.

What's more about the routes?

We strolled along the river where I learnt about the 12 bridges representing the 12 signs of the zodiac l, also the first man made river in Taiwan.

After this we headed to a cafe where we were given a guided tasting of some lovely coffee. This is where the tour ended but the memories will stay forever.

I highly recommend the tour for locals or foreigners alike.

So what exactly did I discover on this Keelung walking tour?

Exploring history about Keelung in one day

I discovered that the night market has not one but two amazing fried chicken places and they are right next to each other, Monga and Mr. Chicken.

I discovered a whole new food market I need to try, I discovered some history and most of all I discovered some new friends.

It’s been a wonderful tour and given me some wonderful memories!


Follow Phil Speakman:
I am a Brit living in Taiwan and have been for 5 years. I wanted to try something other than teaching for a while and found Keelung for a walk! So moved to Keelung and I've been here for 3 weeks now and loving it.
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