The Xiangdong Fairy Cave 仙洞巖 is a one of the many small but interesting attractions in Keelung, Taiwan 台灣基隆. It’s set in the opposite direction form most of the attractions located near Zhongzheng Park, but is well worth a visit on any visit to the port city.
Sandwiched between a sharp bend in the road, the overwhelming Keelung Harbor, and an imposing cliff, the Fairy Cave is easy to miss. If not for the giant golden Buddha statue at the entrance, the cave could easily be mistaken for any average roadside shrine. Inside the cave can be found several shrines to the Buddha and other Buddhist deities, set at the ends of two long, narrow passages. The main chamber is interesting enough with its chandeliers, small shrines, and smaller golden Buddha, but directly behind it is another cave with beautifully carved bodhisattvas and a main shrine dedicated to the Buddha.
Down the long, narrow, wet passage to the left is a small, uninspiring shrine to Guanyin (I think) but the passage is the main attraction for most visitors.
Inside the Xiandong Fairy Cave is a long, narrow corridor that leads to another small shrine.
Yehliu GeoPark (野柳地質公園) is a popular stop on the Taiwan tourist circuit. It’s an interesting set of geological formations found in a small park about 20 minutes north of Keelung, Taiwan. Truth be told, the entire length of eastern Taiwan is an interesting set of geological formations, but here you can find them all in one small area with a coffee and souvenir shop. If you’re only in Taiwan for a short time, or don’t have any transportation of your own, this it the place to go to be awed by Mother Nature’s artistic side.
An overview of the most popular area of Yehliu GeoPark.
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Shiding (石碇) and Shenkeng (深坑) are two small towns found just to the east of Taipei, Taiwan. They’re both withing 3o minutes of Taipei’s convenient MRT system and together, they make for a great day trip out of the city.
Shiding is a simple mountain village located at the convergence of two small mountain streams. It’s got an old-time Taiwan feel to it, and in fact has many stores that are over a century old. It also has two very clean, fish-filled streams that come from virgin forests high above, in the nearby mountains.
Doorways don't get much cooler than this.
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