Another bustling market is the Ren Ai Market where one can find anything from fish to vegetables. The market is open during the day and also acts part of a night market. Many of the local produce and specialities can also be found here.
The Martyrs’ Shrine was built in the memory of 330,000 men who lost their lives in the revolutionary years leading to the formation of the Republic of China and those who were martyred in the Sino-Japanese war and the Chinese Civil war. It is situated above the city of Keelung and to reach it one climbs a long staircase from the city below.
Inside the Keelung Story House display equipment is equipped with digital technology, creating an inventive and vivid visual effect. It imitates a three-dimensional digital story book that introduces Keelung's history. The vivid visual effect motivates visitor's interest to learn more about the history, environment and resources.
This is an amazing landscape of bizarre rock formations scattered across a thin sliver of land jutting into the ocean. This lunar-like site boasts a large cluster of candle, ginger and mushroom-shaped rocks, all of which gain their names from their odd-looking appearance. The most recognisable and famous landmark is known as the ‘Queen’s Head’.
The Hall of Zhong Yuan Ceremony is part of the Jhongjheng Park, an impressive traditional cerimonial Chinese Temple which is used for ceremonial events with stunning views across Keelung. At the time when I visited the temple was undergoing renovation.
The YM Oceanic Culture & Art Museum originally housed the Japanese Mail Boat Service during the time of the Japanese Occupation. The building was later taken over by the Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation and transformed into a museum. The museum has been acknowledged by the world's most authorative maritime museum - the British Maritime Museum to become its 18th international member.
This temple is Keelung's largest Buddhist temple, featuring a specious hall to practice Zen meditation, a hall for lectures, a large library with books on Buddhism and other religions, an educational centre and a vegetarian restaurant. With its modern facilities it is an important centre for those who follow Buddhism.
Another smaller temple can be found just adjacent to the port of Keelung. The Chenghuang Temple, which enshrines the Divine Ancestor of the people of Changchou in the Fujien Province, the area from which a major portion of Taiwan's early settlers came.
Bustling, colourful and busy - and a must see if you are in Keelung. This is Keelung's most famous commercial are around the Miaokou Night Market where one can taste famous local snacks such as oyster omelet, Taiwanese style tempura, thick bean sprout soup, eel congee, butter crabs and plenty more!
The Dianji Temple is dedicated to Kaijhang Shengwang a partron deity of the people from Zhangzhou in the Fujian Province. The temple was built in the Qing Dynasty and features a number of old statues and intricate carvings. It is an important centre of worship for the faithful in the city.
Jhongjheng Park is situated ontop the hill directly above the harbour. It is the most famous scenery in Keelung. The giant statue of Goddess of Mercy at the top of mountain has become the landmark for those arriving with ships, while the always-smiling Maitreya Buddha welcomes each visitor and tourist. With convenient transportation and various facilities, such as footpath, athletic filed, Buddhist library and martyrs' shrine, the park is a great choice for people to spend some leisure time.
This market opens at 4 pm when I was there, It contain several blocks of shops and street vendors which sell all kind of snacks, especially seafood. Don’t forget to visit the temple while you are here.
Bisha Fishing Port is surrounded by beautiful natural seascapes, including the jagged rocks at Hoping Island Park. One could enjoy the work of geomorphy over millions of years. Looking over the vast ocean from Wanyao Valley in Badouzih, one will forget all troubles in reality.
There's a stretch of seafood restuarants along this fishing port.
However, I don't really find the seafood well done here.
Located north of Keelung, this 80-meter deep cave is the largest in the region. It was said that fairies once worshiped in this cave before they rose to heaven. The cave is therefore named Fairy Cave (Shian Tong).
The cave has three chambers. The serenity and winding passages inside the caves add an air of mystery to the place. A huge statue of Buddha guarded the entrance. In the main chamber, there are wall carving of Buddha and other historical art work. A statue of Buddha stood at the end of the chamber for the worshippers.
The right chamber is smaller and hardly accessible. Worshippers nevertheless perform their virtue right outside. The left chamber is completed blanketed in darkness. Visitors have to rely on torchlight and bend down to get pass as some parts are very low lying.
A straight walk from the side of the cave towards the ocean barrier wall, you can find on the left hillside an abandoned fortress named ¡§City of Holland¡¨. The view from here is enchanting indeed.
Chung-cheng Park, the ubiquitous tourism symbol of Keelung, is located on the east coast mountain. The park consists of three levels.
The first level on the lowest ground has recreational facilities such as skating rim, tennis court and shelters accompanied by remains of old canons.
The second level on higher ground houses a temple (Chu-poo-tan) where you can also find native heritage exhibits and a library for the Buddhism enthusiasts. This is the center of celebrations for the mid-July Ghost Festival.
The top level, the highest ground of the park, stood the most popular landmark in northern Taiwan; a white 22.5-meter tall statue of Kuanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. You can climb up the stairs inside the statue for a splendid view of Keelung. There is also a statue of smiling Buddha and temple at the ridgeline.
Great place for photo taking, especially when the skies are full of blue and white as seen in my picture.