Keelung, Taiwan 台灣基隆市 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.