Keelung, Taiwan 台灣基隆市

Keelung, Taiwan 台灣基隆 is an interesting port city about 30 km east of Taipei.  I had the chance to visit it while on assignment for a magazine and though I’d share some of the highlights.

Even though it’s nicknamed the rainy port (雨港) and I’ve heard that it’s the second rainiest city in the world, I had an absolutely beautiful day there.

The very crowded Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) is full of local favorites.

The very crowded Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) is full of local favorites.

I started my visit to Keelung’s most famous historical site, Ershawan Fort (二砂灣砲台).  It’s perched on a strategic mountain guarding Keelung Harbor and in 1841 repelled the British for three straight years and the French for a few more after that.

The main staircase accessing the military camp site at Ershawan Fort (二砂灣砲台) Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

The main staircase accessing the military camp site at Ershawan Fort (二砂灣砲台) Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

The main entrance to the military camp site at Ershawan Fort (二砂灣砲台) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

The main entrance to the military camp site at Ershawan Fort (二砂灣砲台) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

My next stop was the amazing Hoping Island (和平島).  It’s an beautiful coastal park with other-world like rock formations.  Often passed by by tourist on their way to the more famous Yehliu, Hoping Island is a geologist’s dream-scape of strange rock formations.

Hoping Island (和平島) is an amazing coastal park in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).  It has some very interesting geology and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Hoping Island (和平島) is an amazing coastal park in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市). It has some very interesting geology and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Hoping Island (和平島) is an amazing coastal park in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).  It has some very interesting geology and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Hoping Island (和平島) is an amazing coastal park in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市). It has some very interesting geology and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Fairly untouched by developers, Hoping Island (和平島) allows visitors to walk around on the rocks anywhere they want.

Fairly untouched by developers, Hoping Island (和平島) allows visitors to walk around on the rocks anywhere they want.

Hoping Island (和平島) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市) even allows visitors to swim in the tidal pools.

Hoping Island (和平島) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市) even allows visitors to swim in the tidal pools.

My last stop of the day was Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市), in downtown Keelung.  It’s a very busy night market filled with local foods and delicacies.  A welcoming (and rare for Taiwan) feature of this night market is that many of the menus are in English.

Ok, so ALL the signs arent in English... but the people are really friendly!  Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

Ok, so ALL the signs aren't in English... but the people are really friendly! Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

My last stop was the Dian Ji Temple, at the entrance of the night market.  A typical but beautiful Taiwanese temple, its stone carved dragons and tigers spend their days feasting their eyes on the market’s food stalls.

The Dian Ji Temple sits at the entrance to Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

The Dian Ji Temple sits at the entrance to Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

The Dian Ji Temple sits at the entrance to Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

The Dian Ji Temple sits at the entrance to Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市) in Keelung, Taiwan (台灣基隆市).

For more from Keelung, have a look at: Taiwan – Keelung Archive – Images by Neil Wade

Cheers,
-neil

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13 thoughts on “Keelung, Taiwan 台灣基隆市

  1. Nice work Neil. I’ve only ever been to the night market in Keelung. I’ll have to get up there and do some exploring this summer. I particularly like the photo of the stairs to the fort.

  2. Wonderful photos. The weather during the Photo Club’s recent visit wasn’t very good. I’d also like to go back again and visit the forts.

  3. Looks great! I’ll have to head up there soon!

  4. Looks brilliant. I was there a few times, took a bunch of photo, none of them came close to yours.

  5. The photos look great. I thought Keelung was quite nice and friendly when I was up there a couple nights back. The night market has quite a few treats to offer as well.

    Any ideas on taking the ferry to Japan?

  6. Hi Neil,

    Your photos are all terrific, but what brought me running was the first one of the night market. What a killer shot! You’re set to be a featured photographer on Taiwan Photographers in a few weeks.

    I must confess, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I thought you were on my link page, and you aren’t. That has been rectified. I’m really sorry about that. I enjoy your photography and will do my best to pop around more often. :-)

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