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Issues to do in Keelung 基隆 on a Taipei day journey


Taiwan‘s capital metropolis of Taipei has loads to do, however if you happen to’re in search of a day journey possibility, one in style city close to Taipei to take a look at is Keelung 基隆 (jí lóng). Certainly one of Taiwan’s main ports, Keelung Metropolis is is lower than an hour away from Taipei and even supposing it apparently rains over 200 days in a 12 months in Keelung, it’s a beautiful little coastal city for a relax day journey from Taipei. Right here’s my solo information to Keelung with recommendations on issues to do and get round simply.

Tips on how to get from Taipei to Keelung

Keelung is positioned northeast of Taipei alongside the north coast between in style spots Yehliu in Wanli and the mountainous Jiufen. It’s about 30 minutes by automobile from Taipei. Right here’s a Klook hyperlink [affiliate] if you happen to’re seeking to lease a automobile to go to Keelung – may save the time and trouble of ready for public transport particularly if in case you have a small group.

By prepare

TRA prepare from Taipei to Keelung Metropolis takes about 45 minutes to get from Taipei (Taipei Foremost Station, Songshan Station or Nangang Station) to Keelung Station. There are many trains that depart each 15-20 minutes and the fare prices 41 NTD (about S$1.80) which you’ll pay for by Easycard on the prepare gantry.

You may additionally take the prepare from Taipei to Ruifang Station, after which change to the Shen’ao Line which leaves each hour and cease at both Badouzi Cease or Haikeguan Cease in case you are headed to Badouzi.

Keelung Train Station Sign
Keelung Prepare Station

By bus

Kuokuang bus 1813 from Taipei Foremost Station to Keelung Metropolis takes about 50 minutes, nevertheless it is a little more depending on site visitors circumstances – the Vacationer Data desk really useful not taking the bus on weekends/public holidays as total highway site visitors is increased.

Bus 1800 goes from Taipei Metropolis Corridor Bus Station to Keelung Metropolis in about half-hour.

Bus 2088 goes from Taipei Metropolis Corridor Bus Station in Xinyi to Keelung’s Taiwan Energy Station 電力公司站 (a brief stroll from Miaokou Evening Market) in 25 minutes. It additionally goes to Badouzi and stops on the NMMST which is beneficial if you happen to plan to move to Badouzi first.

Map of Keelung

Right here’s a map of all of the issues to do in Keelung on this submit. I’ve divided it up into areas that you could discover close by.


Issues to do round Keelung Port 基隆港

This space across the Keelung Harbour is the place most individuals will first expertise Keelung! In the event you’re brief on time or simply lazy to journey additional, these items are all inside strolling distance of the Keelung Prepare and Bus Station

Keelung Landmark Park 基隆地標公園

It’s laborious to overlook the large KEELUNG letters alongside the hillside overlooking the port space, harking back to the well-known Hollywood signal on the hill. Most individuals admire the view from across the harbour, however do you know it’s really fairly simple to rise up to the letters?

Keelung Sign Day Night
Keelung by day and by night time

Formally known as the Keelung Landmark Observatory, this remark deck is positioned in a park alongside the Huzishan path 虎仔山步道 and provides a pleasant view of the Keelung port under. It’s a preferred hangout spot within the evenings when the letters are lit up and you’ll take pleasure in Keelung’s night time lights from above.

Keelung Landmark Observatory Mosaic
How cute is that this mosaic youre heading in the right direction
Keelung Landmark Observatory Steps
The climb up is a mixture of steps and highway via a hilly neighbourhood
Keelung Landmark Observatory Road
Highway in entrance of the signal

I popped by within the afternoon on a very sizzling day in summer time – solar safety is important as there’s not lots of shade up right here! I believe it took me about 20 minutes to stroll up there. The view was superb~

Keelung Landmark Observatory Letters Selfie
Ok for Keelung
Keelung Landmark Observatory Letters View
Plenty of benches to calm down on however not lots of shade
Keelung Landmark Observatory View
The town view from the deck
Keelung Landmark Observatory Park
There’s a little train park simply behind the letters

What’s close by

  • I didn’t see this once I visited beforehand, however there’s a cool bookstore inbuilt a former faculty compound known as Bleu&Ebook at TPES 太平青鳥 – seems like a pleasant place to relaxation in after the climb up! [Google maps]

Tips on how to get to Keelung Landmark Park

From Keelung prepare station, exit in direction of Zhongshan 1st Highway and immediately throughout the station you must see the signal for the Keelung Landmark Observatory. Observe the indicators up the slim pathways and staircases. Ultimately you must see the Taiping Elementary College – the deck and park is true subsequent to the college.

You may drive up there as effectively – there are roads and carparks close to the signal, so you may make a fast cease if in case you have a automobile for the day.

Location on Google Maps

Keelung Landmark Observatory Entrance
Entrance throughout the highway from the railway station

Keelung Harbour and Maritime Plaza 基隆港 海洋廣場

Keelung Maritime Plaza 海洋廣場 is a beautiful wood promenade by Keelung’s Harbour and a pleasant place to only sit down and relax by the water. Nice view of the Keelung letters, numerous benches to relaxation your toes and broad open house the place you possibly can admiring the ships and cranes in view. It does remind me a bit of little bit of Singapore’s skyline however with extra mountains!

Keelung Maritime Plaza Sign
Having fun with the view
Keelung Maritime Plaza View
You realize youre in Keelung with these letters on the hill
Keelung Maritime Plaza Sunset
Handed by at sundown whereas strolling again to the prepare station

Tips on how to get to Keelung Maritime Plaza: Keelung Maritime Plaza is alongside Zhongyi Highway 忠一路, only a brief stroll from Keelung Station. [Location on Google Maps]

1915 Yangming Oceanic Tradition & Artwork Museum 1915陽明海洋文化藝術館

Across the Keelung Harbour space is a small museum the place you possibly can find out about Keelung’s maritime historical past. Run by Yang Ming Delivery Firm, the Keelung 1915 Yangming Oceanic Tradition and Artwork Museum (yup it’s a mouthful) has 2 flooring of interactive fashionable reveals that showcase Keelung’s historical past as a transport port.

Keelung 1915 YM Museum Exterior
The museum from the skin

The reveals are fashionable, enjoyable and interactive so I believe youngsters would take pleasure in wanting round. I occurred to be there at 11am when the guided tour for the 2nd stage was beginning, so I joined it for a bit. It was carried out by a person who labored for the corporate for a really very long time and began guiding after retirement. The tour was carried out in Chinese language and was fairly informative because the information identified the assorted reveals and shared a few of his personal tales, nevertheless it was presupposed to be 1.5 hours lengthy so I made a decision to stroll round alone after a bit.

Keelung 1915 YM Museum Guide
Information at work
Keelung 1915 YM Museum Exhibit
Fashionable and interactive reveals in English and Chinese language

The 4th flooring of this museum can be the highest flooring with the present store, cafe and the place there’s roof entry for a panoramic view of the encompassing space!

Keelung 1915 YM Museum Snack
Redeemed my free snack and tea
Keelung 1915 YM Museum Rooftop Me
Coming out to the open air rooftop balcony the prepare station is within the background
Keelung 1915 YM Museum Rooftop View Port
Trying in direction of the harbour The customs constructing is to the left and throughout the water you possibly can see Zhupu Altar and the large Guanyin statue in Zhongzheng Park extra under

The museum is centrally positioned and does give a fast overview of Keelung’s historical past if you happen to don’t know something about this place. Within the occasion you get rained out, it’s a superb place to only hang around for a bit and keep dry in addition to it’s not costly to go to.

Location: 4 Gangxi Avenue 港西街4號 [Google Maps] the museum is kind of prominently positioned on the west aspect of Keelung Harbour between the Prepare Station and the harbour.

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (final ticket bought at 330pm). Closed on Mondays.

Entrance payment: 150 NTD – the ticket comes with a free tea + snack that you could redeem on the high flooring cafe and a few reductions for the restaurant on stage 1 and present store.

There are fastened guided tour timings at 930am, 11am, 130pm and 3pm carried out in Chinese language. Study extra on the official web site

Miaokou Evening Market 廟口夜市

Also called Keelung Evening Market, that is maybe one among my favourites out of all of the night time markets that I’ve visited in Taiwan – which is saying one thing as a result of I’ve been to lots of Taiwan night time markets particularly in Taipei! It’s open within the afternoon and at night time, is comparatively small however packed full of fine meals, and simple to find and navigate.

Keelung Miaokou Night Market Street 2
Search for the rows of yellow lanterns marking the market road

Dianji Temple 奠濟宮

Miaokou interprets to ‘Temple entrance’, that’s as a result of the market stalls first arrange store right here on the entrance of Dianji Temple, a small shrine that you could nonetheless discover alongside the road as we speak that’s over 100 years outdated.

Keelung Miaokou Night Market Dianji Temple Stalls
Market stalls nonetheless line the aspect of the temple entrance
Keelung MIaokou Night Market Dianji Temple Entrance
Right heres what it seems like all lit up at night time

What to eat at Miaokou Evening Market

The stalls at Miaokou Evening Market are very neat – 2 rows on both aspect of the road with metallic signage on high and individually numbered. The stall names are in English, Chinese language and Japanese, which makes it simple for guests to search out particular stalls.

I’ve visited Miaokou Evening Market a number of occasions and most lately with a tour information who’s a Keelung native, there are many meals choices however right here’s a set of a few of the meals I think about must-eats in Keelung.

Fish paste tempura 天婦羅 (Tianbula): I’ve had tianbula in different elements of Taiwan and by no means actually favored it due to the textures and the overly saccharine sauce, however this one in Miaokou Evening Market is fairly good! Freshly fried and doused with a little bit of candy sauce in a served in a bit of bowl with bits of cucumber, I like to recommend attempting the tianbula right here.

Keelung Miaokou Night Market Tempura Cooling
Fish paste tianbula at 王 天婦羅 35 NTD

Nutritious Sandwich 營養三明治 (yingyang sanmingzhi) : this can be a fairly bizarre sandwich that’s one way or the other develop into a Keelung specialty – deep fried bread with sausage, tomatoes, cucumbers, egg and slathered with mayonnaise. I believe it’s a very odd mixture and never my kinda meals, however simply know that it’s a neighborhood delicacy and check out it for your self! Additionally I’m undecided it’s really nutritious given all that deep fried bread…

Keelung Miaokou Night Market Nutritious Sandwich
Nutritious Sandwich at Stall 58 60 NTD

Crab thick soup 螃蟹羹 (pang xie geng) and glutinous rice 油飯 (youfan): It is a fairly basic Taiwanese xiaochi staple however one way or the other one thing I at all times eat once I’m right here in Keelung. A small bowl of thick starchy soup with shredded crab meat, mushrooms and fungus paired with savoury sticky glutinous rice. My favorite factor to eat at Miaokou!

Keelung Miaokou Night Market Crab Thick Soup Glutinous Rice
Crab thick soup 75 NTD and glutinous rice 35 NTD at 吴记 Stall 5

Shaved ice 泡泡冰 (paopao bing): A candy method to finish your consuming journey in Miaokou is to scrub all of it down with some shaved ice or paopao bing! I personally at all times get peanut flavour however there are many completely different flavours accessible. The portion is fairly beneficiant so depart a bit of room for dessert!

Keelung Miaokou Night Market Paopao Bing Peanut
陳記泡泡冰 Stall 41 50 NTD

Tips on how to get there: Miaokou Evening Market is a ten minute stroll eastwards from Keelung Prepare Station positioned alongside Rensan Highway 仁三路 between Aisan Highway 愛三路 and Aisi Highway 愛四路 [Google Maps]

Quanjiafu Yuanxiao 全家福元宵

A particular shoutout to this specific retailer that isn’t in the principle Miaokou Evening Market stretch however had a few of the fluffiest and yummiest yuanxiao 元宵 (much like tangyuan that are candy soup dumplings) that I’ve ever eaten. The store normally solely begin promoting cooked yuanxiao from 430pm onwards, however throughout the day you possibly can pop by the shop and purchase containers of raw yuanxiao to take house and put together for your self.

Keelung Quanjiafu Yuanxiao Storefront
The store is positioned inside a reasonably dingy alleyway within the afternoon they arrange a storefront on the principle road

On my journey to Keelung with Taiwan Tourism, our information managed to get the store to open up their kitchen shutters within the afternoon and present us how they painstakingly make these yuanxiao. You is perhaps considering that they make balls of dough, poke a gap in them and put within the sesame filling and name it a day, however the cause the feel of those yuanxiao are so good is as a result of they begin out with balls of sesame filling and slowly coat them with a number of layers of glutinous rice flour by shaking them by hand in a big rattan tray.

It’s backbreaking work, however the balls are tender but springy and so scrumptious!

Keelung Quanjiafu Yuanxiao Production Worker
A uncommon sight These shutters are normally closed however we have been allowed a take a look at their kitchen The employee shakes the tray vigorously till all of the black sesame balls are coated in white flour and proceeds to do that at the very least 3x earlier than it will get handed on to be sorted and packed

The store additionally specifically ready some bowls for us to attempt – black sesame yuanxiao in bowls of heat osmanthus soup. SO GOOD. I’m not even normally a fan of black sesame however I favored these loads! Additionally, it did occur to be yuanxiao (fifteenth day of the Lunar New 12 months) after we visited so it was very nice to be consuming these then!

Keelung Quanjiafu Yuanxiao Sesame
yummy yuanxiao

Tips on how to get there: Quanjiafu yuanxiao 全家福元宵 is positioned a brief stroll away from the Miaokou Evening Market alongside Aisi Highway. No. 50-1 Aisi Highway 愛四路50-1號 [Google Maps]

Ren’ai Market 仁愛市場

Miaokou night time market is by far the most well-liked night time market in Keelung, however in case you are in search of a moist market that sells recent produce, head to Ren’ai market 仁愛市場 as an alternative.

Keelung Renai Market Exterior
Renai Market from throughout the road

Plenty of locals frequent this indoor market, there are some sundry and meals stalls across the edges of the market and extra stalls if you happen to pop as much as the second stage – it’s virtually a neighborhood division retailer, however the bulk of the central portion on the bottom flooring is a moist market promoting recent meals. I believe I’ve to come back again and slowly take my time exploring this market!

Keelung Renai Market Produce
Peeking inside Renai Market
Keelung Renai Market Liver Soup
This meals stall promoting pig liver soup had actually lengthy queues

Tips on how to get there: Ren’ai Market is a couple of block away from Miaokou Evening Market alongside Aisan Highway. No. 21 Aisan Rd 愛三路21號 [Google maps]. Open 8am – 7pm every day.

Keelung market excursions

If you would like some native data to point out you the very best of what Keelung’s markets have to supply, think about becoming a member of a bunch tour. I’ve not tried this earlier than, however Keelung for a Stroll has some attention-grabbing excursions accessible, together with a Midnight Fish Market Journey Tour of close by Kanziding Fish Market 崁仔頂漁市 which is most bustling within the wee hours when the catch of the day is delivered!


Issues to do in Zhongzheng Park 中正公園

Situated about Quarter-hour stroll from the east aspect of Keelung Harbour, Zhongzheng Park on Shoushan Hill is house to plenty of attention-grabbing temples in Keelung and extra pretty views if you happen to’re keen to perform a little stair climbing. The bottom arch is about 5 minutes stroll from Miaokou Evening Market, so you possibly can work off all that night time market meals with a stroll up this hill!

Keelung Zhongzheng Park Arch
One of many entrances to the park sadly theres a little bit of building occurring so I used to be rerouted to stroll alongside the highway which takes a bit longer The stairways are steeper however extra direct

Zhupu Altar 主普壇

One factor I realized was that Keelung is particularly festive throughout the seventh Lunar Month (round July or August based mostly on our calendar), which is uncommon as a result of that’s normally thought of an inauspicious month when the spirits are believed to roam the earth and Chinese language attempt to keep away from holding festive celebrations throughout this era. Nonetheless right here in Keelung, the Ghost Competition (Zhongyuan Ji 中元祭) is a very huge factor and they’re well-known for his or her Ghost Competition festivities so if you happen to’re planning to go to, know that it is perhaps additional crowded throughout this era.

Zhupu Altar 主普壇 or the Foremost Altar is likely one of the key locations that these festivities are held, particularly on the twelfth day of the seventh Lunar Month the place the constructing is totally decked out and lit up – take a look at these articles on Taiwan Scene and Coco in Taiwan for extra.

When it’s not celebrating the Ghost Competition, Zhupu Altar is normally a museum that showcases artefacts concerning the Ghost Competition 中元祭祀文物館, however sadly for me it gave the impression to be present process some type of renovation and was closed. It was nonetheless pretty to admire the view from under although.

Keelung Zhongzheng Park Zhupu Altar
Zhupu Altar

You possibly can drive or take a taxi up right here if you happen to reasonably not climb the hill, however whereas admiring the view, I observed that there was a viewing platform that gave the impression to be hooked up to the hillside. There was a non-public occasion occurring so I couldn’t return there to research for myself, nevertheless it seems to be the Keelung Tower viewing platform!

Keelung Zhongzheng Park View Keelung Tower Cian Temple
Keelung Tower is the orange construction to the left Within the centre is Cian Temple

Did a little bit of googling and located this video by Constructing Surfer (Chinese language however English subs can be found) which has these actually cool drone pictures of the Tower and talks about its historical past and design. Keelung Tower is supposed to resembles the various cranes within the port city and is likely one of the many revitalisation initiatives occurring in Zhongzheng Park and Keelung! I positively wish to come again right here once more and take this raise up (as an alternative of climbing the hill…).

Tips on how to get there: There’s a staircase that leads from the Zhongzheng Park Arch alongside Xin’er Highway diectly to the altar, nevertheless it’s at present closed. Zhupu Altar is positioned in Zhongzheng Park. No. 280, Xin’er Highway 信二路280號 [Google maps]

Large Buddha Temple 大佛禪寺

One other spotlight of Zhongzheng Park is the Large Buddha Temple proper on high of the hill. You possibly can’t miss this big 22.5m excessive statue of Avalokitesvara Buddha aka Guanyin even from afar. And right here’s why you must do your analysis as a result of you possibly can apparently climb up 5 storeys to see the view from contained in the statue?? I didn’t know that, ah effectively extra issues to come back again and take a look at in future!

Keelung Zhongzheng Park Buddha Temple Guanyin
2 golden guardian lions

What I did discover was that there have been numerous little sport stalls arrange across the park and it was like a mini household funfair occurring. Might need been a weekend factor, nevertheless it’s good for households along with your youngsters to only hang around and play right here whereas admiring the beautiful view.

Keelung Zhongzheng Park Buddha Temple Funfair
sport stalls
Keelung Zhongzheng Park Harbour View
View from up right here
Keelung Zhongzheng Park Bell
Plenty of locations to wish right here

Tips on how to get there: you possibly can drive up Shoushan Highway or stroll up the slope from Zhupu Altar [Google Maps]

Issues to do round Heping Island 和平島

In the event you’re in search of pretty coastlines round Keelung, Peace Island or Heping Island is a well-liked place to go to. Previously referred to as Sheliao island 社寮島, it was one of many first locations that Westerners and the Han Chinese language first set foot on in Taiwan. It was separate from the mainland till they construct Heping Bridge.

Hop on a public bus or take a taxi trip about 10-Quarter-hour east from Keelung Station alongside the shoreline.

Zhengbin Fishing Port Vibrant Homes 正濱漁港彩屋

Paint something in rainbow colors and the vacationers will come – Zhengbin port was traditionally necessary as one of many largest fishing ports in northern Taiwan throughout the Japanese colonial period and for exporting copper from the mines of close by Jinguashi. It regularly turned loads quieter because the fishing boats moved to neighbouring Badouzi, although the rainbow homes have introduced any guests and vacationers again.

Keelung Zhengbin Port Colourful Houses
The well known vibrant homes and a beautiful blue bay

In keeping with this article by Commonwealth Journal, the rainbow colors have been added round 2018-2019 and concerned each neighborhood session and enter from color specialists – it wasn’t only a spur of the second choice – and a part of bigger plans to revitalise this specific neighbourhood.

Keelung Zhengbin Port Houses
The remainder of the homes round right here arent so vibrant

Most individuals cease by right here as we speak en path to Heping Island which is true throughout the Heping Island bridge, and one of many higher spots to snap a photograph of the homes from.

Keelung Zhengbin Port Arch Bridge
Sheliao bridge connects the opposite aspect of Heping Island to the mainland
Keelung Zhengbin Port Colourful Houses Sunset
Snapped this sundown photograph from the bus because it was leaving Heping Island

Tips on how to get there: Zhengbin Fishing Harbour is a 10-15 min drive or about 20 minutes by bus from Keelung Prepare Station. Buses drop on the Zhongzheng Highway-Zhengbin Highway intersection cease and stroll a couple of minutes, or on the Heping Bridge cease [Google Maps]

What’s close by

  • If you’re into outdated ruins, the deserted buildings of Argenna Shipyard 阿根納造船廠遺構 are on the opposite aspect of Heping Bridge

Heping Island Park 和平島地質公園

Heping Island Park 和平島地質公園 is the principle cause most individuals go to this island. It’s positioned on the northern finish and takes about 20 minutes stroll from the bridge.

Keelung Heping Island Park Entrance
Welcome to Heping Island
Keelung Heping Island Park Main Building
The principle constructing the place the giftshop and loos are positioned

Heping Island Geopark is much like Yehliu in Wanli with numerous attention-grabbing coastal formations, however one of many issues that makes this park particular are the seawater swimming pools that they’ve alongside the coast. The waves listed here are fairly sturdy, however breakwaters and particular swimming pools have been constructed so that individuals, kids and even pets can swim safely within the seawater! The swimming pools have been closed due to some occasion once I visited, however I think about this may be tremendous in style particularly within the sizzling summer season.

Keelung Heping Island Park Waves
Have a look at these waves
Keelung Heping Island Park Beach
A small seashore to maintain the youngsters entertained as effectively
Keelung Heping Island Park Sea Pool
Have a look at these pretty sea swimming pools

In addition to the ocean swimming pools, there are additionally some simple trails to stroll the place you possibly can admire the weirdly formed rocks and Keelung Islet 基隆嶼 within the distance. Usually it’s fairly accessible and a simple one-stop store to benefit from the North Coast. I see why it’s so in style and it’s appropriate for households too.

Keelung Heping Island Park Islet Nudibranch Rock
Keelung Islet and one of many extra attention grabbing rocks on the left doesnt it kinda appear like a nudibranch
Keelung Heping Island Park Islet Pavilion
A pavilion to relaxation at with Keelung Islet within the distance
Keelung Heping Island Park Rock Cave
Can you see the mysterious marine cave

Location: No. 360 Pingyi Highway, Zhongzheng District 中正區平一路360號 [Google Maps] Situated on the northern finish of Heping Island proper on the finish of Pingyi Highway.

Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (7pm from Could to Oct). Final ticket bought 1 hour earlier than closing time.

Entrance payment: 120 NTD – you should purchase on the door or save a while and purchase on-line at Klook [affiliate link] the place typically it’s a bit of cheaper!

Study extra on the official web site


Issues to do in Badouzi 八斗子

Badouzi 八斗子 was the biggest fishing village in Northern Taiwan and the positioning of a main energy plant throughout the Japanese reign. It was additionally a separate island and later joined to the mainland through land reclamation. It’s positively a bit of quieter out right here, so a superb place to get away from the crowds for a bit.

Nationwide Museum of Marine Science and Expertise 國立海洋科技博物館

A former steam energy station constructed throughout the Japanese Colonial period, the buidings are actually house to the very fashionable wanting Nationwide Museum of Marine Science and Expertise (NMMST) 國立海洋科技博物館 which is a really massive museum with reveals revolving round marine life, the fishing business and the Ocean. Technically all of the parks round listed here are additionally a part of their grounds.

Badouzi NMMST Exterior Benches
NMMST

I’ll admit that I haven’t had time to truly go into the Museum, although I’ve walked via its grounds and extra of its outside areas as under, nevertheless it’s someplace I do wish to go to. Plenty of interactive and enjoyable reveals together with an Ocean Theatre and iOcean which seems like these 4D experiences. Once more it’s one other good possibility for households and a method to whereas away wet Keelung days.

Location: No. 367 Beining Rd, Zhongzheng District 中正區北寧路367號 [Google Maps]. Take bus 103, 1051, 791 from Keelung Prepare Station or bus 1811/1812 from Taipei Foremost Station (West) and cease at NMMST or Haikeguan (bishuixiang) 海科館 (碧水巷)

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (6pm on weekends). Closed on Mondays.

Entrance payment: 200 NTD for the principle exhibition corridor – you should purchase on the door or save a while and purchase on-line at Klook [affiliate link] the place typically it’s a bit of cheaper! Different reveals value additional, test the web site for full particulars.

Study extra on the official web site

Badouzi Shoulang Fabric Dyeing Workshop 八斗子薯榔染布

One of many extra uncommon actions you are able to do in Badouzi is a dyeing workshop carried out by the Badouzi Tourism Affiliation 八斗子產業觀光促進會. Different elements of Taiwan are well-known for Indigo dyeing, however right here they use one thing known as a shoulang 薯榔 (Dioscorea rhipogonoides) – there doesn’t appear to be a standard identify to it, nevertheless it’s a bizarre root that’s kinda like an enormous potato/nut hybrid which could be discovered rising abundantly within the hillside. It could actually’t be eaten however locals have discovered that it creates a deep crimson/brownish dye which fishermen used to dye fishing nets and twine as a result of it helps to forestall mould.

Keelung Badouzi Shuolang Dye Workshop Room
We get settled in a former village home transformed right into a workroom proper behind the NMMST museum
Keelung Badouzi Shuolang Dye Workshop Actual
That is what a shoulang seems like From all they talked about it on the workshop it actually does sound fairly ineffective apart from its dye lol

The rules of tie-dyeing something are fairly simple, irrespective of the dye. The trainer confirmed us just a few easy patterns we may do – I favored the snake-skin like texture which entails making a scrunchie like form with raffia.

Keelung Badouzi Shuolang Dye Workshop Folding Me
Right here Im working laborious
Keelung Badouzi Shuolang Dye Workshop Pre Dye
Scrunchie form achieved
Keelung Badouzi Shuolang Dye Workshop Dyeing
The material is first soaked in clear water to make it a bit extra absorbent then left to prepare dinner within the shoulang dye for about half an hour

This subsequent step is a bit of uncommon – since we had about half an hour or so for the dye to set in, our hosts took us on a mini village tour of Badouzi, introducing some enjoyable details and attention-grabbing spots throughout the village itself. It’s very quiet total and such a beautiful peaceable place.

Keelung Badouzi Wangyouju Exterior
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Keelung Badouzi Village Temple 2
Wanshan Temple 萬善祠
Keelung Badouzi Village Murals
Some murals
Keelung Badouzi Fishing Harbour Boats
Badouzi Fishing Harbour 八斗子觀光漁港

Daping Shore 大坪海岸

The mini strolling tour additionally took us in direction of Badouzi Fishing Harbour 八斗子觀光漁港 the place we may see all of the fishing boats within the bay and eventually to Daping Shore 大坪海岸, a bit of spot on the coast with some superb coastal rock views. It was kinda wet and moist – positively want good mountaineering sneakers for this because the rocks are all kinds of slippery however the view was so good.

Keelung Badouzi Daping Shore Path
Strolling out to the shoreline
Keelung Badouzi Daping Shore View
Have a look at these colors

However the level of coming to Daping Shore was to dip our shoulang-dyed material into sea water! Apparently the saltwater makes the dye extra reddish! In order that was fairly enjoyable to see. At present my material’s color appears to have gone again right into a extra brownish color, however apparently if you happen to use salt water it ought to develop into crimson once more! You possibly can see our workshop images on FB.

Keelung Badouzi Shuolang Dye Workshop Final Tree
Artsy shot of my material on some branches

Workshop particulars

Extra particulars and signup hyperlink could be discovered on the Badouzi Tourism web site.

Price: 650 NTD for the dyeing workshop which additionally features a mini village tour. If the climate is sweet, you get to attempt on the standard straw sneakers that the fishermen used to stroll in alongside the shore!

Badouzi Seaside Park 八斗子海濱公園

Badouzi Seaside Park is a much less well-known possibility in comparison with Heping Island, however has pretty coastal surroundings that you could go to totally free and positioned proper behind NMMST.

Wangyou Valley 望幽谷

The important thing sight to see in Badouzi is the Wangyou Valley 望幽谷 – Wangyou 望幽 loosely interprets into ‘ peace’ however sounds much like 忘忧 or ‘forgetting worries’, so that is the proper spot to relax and calm down a bit of. Take a stroll via the picturesque inexperienced valley and admire the shoreline options – you possibly can see Keelung Islet within the distance.

Badouzi Wangyou Valley Stairs me
Wangyou Valley with Keelung Islet within the background

There are a number of paved footpaths and viewpoints in Badouzi – 65 Highland is probably the most crowded viewpoint the place you are taking that inexperienced valley shot. However simply 5 minutes stroll up a slope and also you’ll discover virtually no person at 80 Highland which provides extra superb sea views and a coated pavilion. One other brief climb takes you to the very best 101 Highland the place there are two deserted army posts that you could climb up on to and get a tremendous 360º view of the encompassing space, however notice that there’s no shade up right here.

Badouzi Wangyou Valley Coast me
Looking over the coast – you possibly can see the underside of Wangyou Valley just a bit manner under the place I’m standing
Badouzi Park 101 Highland View
Keelung coast from 101 Highland

Tips on how to get there: If you’re driving, there’s parking positioned on the 65 Highland space the place you possibly can climb as much as 101 Highland from there. There’s a highway that goes immediately as much as 101 however there’s a gantry.

Chaojing Park 潮境公園

From 101 Highland, there’s a path that leads you to the japanese aspect the place Chaojing Park 潮境公園 is positioned. This park was previously a dumping floor however as we speak has been become a cute little coastal park with a number of attention-grabbing artwork installations – most noteworthy are the nautilus shell slide that kids love and the cluster of big brooms. Plenty of individuals simply go there to hang around or take walks – once I was there, there was a gathering of fancy hen house owners the place I noticed 3 vibrant macaws, some smaller parrots and even a tamed falcon of some kinds flying across the park.

Badouzi Chaojing Park Cliff View
From Chaojing Park wanting again in direction of the highlands
Badouzi Chaojing Park Brooms
Sure, these are big brooms. They both make you consider Harry Potter or if you happen to’re sufficiently old to recollect – the magic brooms within the Sorcerer’s Apprentice section of Fantasia
Badouzi Chaojing Park Seashell Slide
Have a look at this cute nautilus shell slide!
Badouzi Chaojing Park Eroded Coastline
Get a more in depth take a look at the coastal rock options round this space

Tips on how to get there: No. 61, Lane 369, Beining Rd 北寧路369巷61號 [Google maps] Chaojing Park is positioned on the japanese aspect of the Badouzi peninsula.


Issues I Missed

It seems like I’ve seen lots of Keelung however that’s really not true!

  • Badouzi really has a bunch of different cool issues I wish to see. The seaside Badouzi Railway Station 八斗子火車站 is meant to be very photogenic.
  • Situated proper subsequent to Badouzi Station is the Shen’ao Railbike which makes use of the outdated railway tracks that have been previously used to move coal. It stretches alongside the shoreline from Badouzi to Shen’ao
  • There’s a Badouzi Weekend Evening Market to take a look at close to the Fishing Harbour
  • I additionally actually wish to take a ship to Keelung Islet at some point!
  • I additionally wish to head west of Huzishan path and Keelung Metropolis – Zhongshan District has some lookout factors like Qiuzishan Lighthouse and Baimiweng Fort
  • Going even additional west to Anle District earlier than you hit Wanli are some good seashores – Waimushan and Dawulun, and there’s additionally Lover’s Lake and Dawulun Fort

Different northern Taiwan spots to go to

Have you ever checked out my Taiwan web page but? Most of my Taiwan posts are there properly categorised by location.

I’ve seen a good bit of the Taiwan North Coast – take a look at close by areas like Wanli and Jinshan if you go to Keelung.

Plenty of individuals additionally head to Ruifang which is house to Jiufen with its Spirited Away vibe within the mountains and Shifen with the lanterns and waterfall. For one thing extra offbeat, head to Sandiaoling to see 3 completely different waterfalls as an alternative.


On the lookout for extra to do alongside Taiwan’s North Coast? Try these posts or see all my Taiwan posts for extra.

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