Rich in culture with great night markets and seafood
Keelung has a rich heritage of commerce and trade that has given birth to many historical and cultural sites, including Ershawan Fort (二沙灣砲台, also called Haimen Tianxian 海門天險), Heping Island, and Lovers Lake, not including the numerous relics and monuments scattered around the city. Given its proximity to the port, Keelung is the centre of Northern Taiwan’s fishing industry hosting hundreds of fishing ships catching all kinds of fresh seafood from the sea.
Many tourists prefer to visit Keelung at the end of a day touring Taiwan’s North Coast and places like Jiufen. A visit to Miaokou Night Market for dinner is the perfect ending to a long day, and transportation back to Taipei City is convenient and fast. Most visitors prefer the ease of taking one of the frequent Local Trains (區間車) from the train station adjacent to the harbour back to Taipei Main Station, while some prefer to stay the night.
Keelung City’s downtown area is very small and easily walkable. The train/bus station is directly adjacent to the port and easily accessible from the downtown area including Miaokou Night Market. There are a large number of decent hotels and B&Bs in the area for those that want a longer stay, generally priced far below that of Taipei City.