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Dianji Temple
Yangming Oceanic Culture and Art Museum
Da Wu Lun Fort
Maokong Tea Museum
Muzha Zoo
Taipei 101 Shopping Area
Neihu Miramar Shopping Center
Palace Museum
Gang Zi Liao Fort
Ersha Bay Fort
Mount Shiqiu Fort
Liu Ming Chuan Tunnel
Bai Mi Weng Fort
Chenghuang Temple
Xiandong Cave
Zhongzheng Park
Guanghua Tower
Keelung Island
Chaojing Park
Bisha Fishing Harbor
Taian Waterfall
Nuandong Canyon
Nuandong Nursery
Yourui River
Maling Hollow
Waimu Mountain Trail
Lover's Lake Park
Hoping Island Park
Yangmingshan
Juming Art Museum
Jinshan Traditional Street/Hot Springs
Yehliu Ocean World
Teapot Mountain
Keelung Mountain
Jiufen Mountain City Traditional Street
Yinyang Sea
Qingan Temple
Gold Waterfall
Gold Museum
Blue Highway
Badouzi Ocean Park


Dianji Temple
Keelung’s Temple Gate street cuisine is famous all over, and the temple submerged among all those food carts, the Dianji Temple, was founded in 1875 during the Qing Dynasty. It has over 120 years of history. The Dianji Temple, popularly called the Sage King Temple, mainly makes offerings to the Sage King Kaichang. February 15 on the lunar calendar is the birthday of Sage King Kaichang, and a great ceremony is held in Dianji Temple with different rituals. The site of Dianji Temple is located at the entry point of Keelung harbor, and has long been the heart of Keelung where the crowds are dense and business is prosperous. In later years, the Temple Gate street cuisine has been centered around the Dianji Temple, attracting even larger crowds, making it a tourist destination famous throughout Taiwan.

Yangming Oceanic Culture and Art Museum
The Yangming Oceanic Culture and Art Museum building was the Japanese Offshore Postal Office in the time of Japanese rule, and originally was built as two complementary buildings, though one of them was destroyed in the war. After Taiwanese retrocession, this building became the Merchants Association building. In 1949, it was rebuilt due to a fire on the roof. In the 1974 northern Taiwan earthquake, the roof was removed and rebuilt as a three-story building. In 1978 it was rebuilt, and in 1958 the main gate was changed to face the harbor instead of the street. Currently, the building has been designated by Keelung as one of its ten historical buildings.

Da Wu Lun Fort
Second Level National Historical Site.Da Wu Lun was an important point for controlling the west side of Keelung Harbor. In the 1840 Opium Wars between China and England and in the 1844 war between China and France, the Qing court garrisoned it for defense. The year of construction of the Da Wu Lun Fort that you can see today is not entirely clear. But judging from its features and style, it must be the result of reconstruction in the Japanese occupation period. Da Wu Lun Fort is a provincially-designated historical site located on the peak of Da Wu Lun. It has strategic importance due to its position above the terrain. Its height is 231 meters and you can see Lover’s Lake to the east, Da Wu Lun Bay to the north, and Keelung Harbor and the sea to the east. At the entrance to the fort is a gravel path littered with leaves in the shade of trees. When you get to the fort on the peak, you can see the fort structure built from stone bricks, the cannon platforms, the ammunition room and materials platform, and the machinery ramp. Although the cannons are no longer here, there are unmistakable signs of the cannon racks, and by getting up onto the surrounding short wall and looking all around, you can take in the sights of Keelung island, Waimushanao fishing village, Badouzi, and the dazzling north coast. It’s a perfect place for scenery and reflection.

Maokong Tea Museum
Maokong is located on the southwest side of Getou Mountain in Muzha District in the outskirts of Taipei, shielded by 500-meter high mountains. The name Maokong is related to the stream’s terrain around the tea research center. The large amount of gravel in the mountain stream scoured by the current over the years formed circular and elliptical cavities in the stream bed. In geology these are called “pot holes” and in Taiwanese they are called “mao-kong” (meaning “covered with holes,”) so in the time of Japanese rule, the name was transliterated to the similar sounding Chinese “Maokong” (though without significant meaning.) However, the Maokong of today has been revitalized due to the proximity of the National Political University, and the activities of its students, leading to the formation of a special tea tourism industry.

Muzha Zoo
The Taipei Municipal Zoo is located on Xinguang Road in the Muzha District. Transportation is very convenient because there are two public parking lots and a Taipei Metro station. It’s very suitable for family outings since it is extremely educational and fun at the same time. There is a children’s zoo, the Taiwan animal zone, the tropical rainforest zone, the desert zone, the Australian zone, the African zone, the temperate zone, the aviary, the amphibian and reptile house, nocturnal animal house, the koala house, the penguin house, insect house, the educational center animal ecology museum, the zoo library, and the cool energy conservation house, etc. Parts of the zoo are closed on Monday.

Taipei 101 Shopping Area
The Taipei 101 Shopping Center brings together the diverse functions of fashion, fine food, entertainment, meeting people, and appreciating culture. It provides an international level shopping center atmosphere that is both functional and beautiful. B1 to the 4th floor is the shopping center, and the 9th to the 84th floors are office space. There are also parking spaces (B2 to B5), shopping center, fitness club, exhibition hall, conference center, business club, skyline view restaurant (86th floor and 88th floor), and observation decks (floors 89-91). In addition, The pedestrian bridges connecting to the International Conference Center, the World Trade Exhibition Halls, the Taipei Grand Hyatt, Warner Village shopping area, and neighboring high class office buildings forms a comprehensive commercial center that combines finance, business, recreation, and shopping.

Neihu Miramar Shopping Center
Located in Taipei City, the Mirimar Entertainment Park is a new concept commercial facility erected on land reclaimed after the straightening of the Keelung River. It combines famous international and local designs planned for six years by the Merchants Association, having a main building and a secondary building. The Miramar Entertainment Park’s most distinguishing feature is the Ferris wheel, combining entertainment, technology, and art into one, rivaling the Odaiba Ferris wheel in Tokyo. It is one of the best destinations for a romantic date, with its dazzling light show at night; it is the jewel of Taipei’s skyline. Additionally, there is also the romantic and fantastic musical carousel that fills the atmosphere with fun. The perfect place for both shopping and entertainment has been built.

Palace Museum
The Palace Museum’s collections are mainly the essential treasures of Chinese culture, which gives it the name of the treasury of Chinese culture. After China fell, the cultural artifacts were shipped to Taiwan and temporarily stored in Taichung’s Wufeng Township’s Beigou, and in 1965, the collections of the two museums (from the original Palace Museum and Central Museum in China) were merged and a new museum was opened by Taipei’s Shilin’s Waishuang River. The cultural artifacts that came to Taiwan from the two museums included: from the Palace Museum, 46,100 utensils, 5,526 paintings, and 545,797 historical documents; from the Central Museum, 11,047 utensils, 477 paintings, and 38 historical documents, for a total of 608,985 items, making it the world’s largest depository of Chinese culture. The Palace Museum’s current collection, in addition to the collections of the original two museums, has also been increased with new items in later years through the channels of original museum items transferred from related institutions, external donations, and acquisitions, of which donations and acquisitions are the most important.

Gang Zi Liao Fort
Gang Zi Liao Fort is located in the northeast part of Keelung, and has existed there since the Qing dynasty. In terms of its historicalness and architectural value, it is not inferior to other historical forts. After the war it was used as an ROC military facility and was continually used up until decades ago. Gang Zi Liao Fort, a provincially-designated historical site, is located at Shen Ao Hollow in the Xinyi District, and was in existence during the Qing Dynasty. Its defenses were refurbished during the time of Japanese occupation, and it had soldiers posted there even after Taiwanese retrocession, though it has now been abandoned for several years. The fort part of the historical site has been well preserved. Walking up a winding path, the fort comes into sight. Continuing to walk up the steps on the right side of the fort, and standing on the edge, one can see Keelung Island and the Badouzi fishing harbor. The scenery is pleasant, and walking toward the two considerably complete cannon platforms, you can feel the historical battles that were fought at Gang Zi Liao Fort. The wind whips and the clouds gather as the aura of heroism surrounds you.

Ersha Bay Fort
Ersha Bay Fort, a nationally-designated historical site, and also called Hai Men Tian Xian, is located on the peak of Keelung’s Zhongzheng Road Dasha Bay National Hero Cemetery. It was built during the Opium wars in the late Qing Dynasty. After the middle of the Qing dynasty, Keelung gradually became an important protection point for northern Taiwan. So in order to solidify Keelung’s coastal protection, this fort, which faces the southwest, was built. It has a traditional Chinese walled style with walls made of stone bricks. Broad, steep, stone steps under the shade remind us of the heroic deeds of the past protectors of Keelung. Ersha Bay Fort is an undying historical testimony that has witnessed the fires of many battles, bringing us profound historical value and significance.

Mount Shiqiu Fort
Mount Shiqiu Fort is a city-designated historical site, built in 1884. At that time, due to the Annan incident, French troops invaded Taiwan. To strengthen costal protection, several forts were built around Keelung. Since Mount Shiqiu is the highest point south of Keelung Harbor, it was the highest of all the forts with good lines of sight, providing better control of the harbor. The fort’s main structural material is stone, and after a hundred years, the structure is still oddly solid, giving us a good example of late Qing Dynasty small fort construction. It has extraordinary historical value, and since it sits atop the mountain, it affords spectacular views of the whole Keelung harbor in any direction you care to look.

Liu Ming Chuan Tunnel
Liu Ming Chuan Tunnel is a city-designated historical site. In 1885, when the governor Liu Ming Chuan (劉銘傳) ruled Taiwan, he enthusiastically built up Taiwan, promoting nautical campaigns, and promoted the building of railroads. In 1887, he allowed the establishment of the “Taiwan Railroad Affairs Administration.” The most difficult part of building the Keelung-Taipei-Hsinchu section was digging out the tunnel under Keelung’s Mount Shiqiu, which went on from the spring of 1888 to the summer of 1890. It took 31 months to dig a tunnel 235 meters long through Mount Shiqiu. According to documents, since the work was so complex, as the north end was pure rock and the south end was soft earth, it was extremely difficult to break through. Most of the workers were conscripted soldiers, and some English and German engineers were hired to consult. The outside of the south end of the tunnel is made of red bricks, and is carved with Liu Ming Chuan’s auspicious inscription. There is a poem that honors the hard work that the laborers put in to build this tunnel. In 1900, since the railroad changed routes, the Liu Ming Chuan Tunnel was abandoned. In recent years, work has been done in order to preserve this profoundly historical and culturally significant site.

Bai Mi Weng Fort
Bai Mi Weng Fort is a city-designated historical site located on a peak in the Gangtai area of Keelung’s Zhongzheng district. It is also called Guang Hua Old Fort, and its height is 60 meters above sea level. This fort has a command post, observation deck, and a three-part cannon platform. In the old days it had great military importance, with large cannon positions in three places, and a capacity for thousands of people inside the fort with its back to the mountain and forming a half-circle facing the sea. Quietly taking in this scene, you can almost feel the intense struggles of ancient days in the midst of these majestic battlements. Climb up onto the platform to see the sea stretching out endlessly. It is not clear in exactly what year the Bai Mi Weng Fort was built, and what we see today was rebuilt during the time of Japanese occupation, and it was also called the Holland Fort.

Chenghuang Temple
Transportation: No. 7, Zhongyi Road, Keelung Chenghuang Temple sits beside the Keelung Harbor, and was built by donations in 1887. Legend has it that this temple’s main god was once Keelung’s coast guard commander Bao Rong (包容). Since he was a righteous official, he became the city god for Keelung after he died. Therefore at this place the city god’s birthday is celebrated on August 16 of the lunar calendar.

Xiandong Cave
Xiandong Cave is located on a cliff on the northwest side of the Keelung harbor. Due to erosion from the sea water and winds, the cliff has constantly jutted further upward, finally forming into the shape we see today. It is Keelung’s largest wave erosion cave. This unusual cave is about 780 meters deep and is separated into the left cave and the right cave. The left side is wider, and the right side is deeper. The walls of the cave are filled with Buddhist carvings, as well as the calligraphic art of cognoscenti of the past. There is also a golden Buddha at the mouth of the cave, giving the travelers a chance to appreciate art and say a prayer.

Zhongzheng Park
Zhongzheng Park is in the hills on the east side of Keelung’ harbor. Its main plaza, during the Ghost Month of each year or on other important celebrations, is the main place for rituals and events. You can view the ships in the harbor from the sea-viewing pavilion, as well as the sunrise and sunset. The Martyr’s Shrine, the sea-viewing pavilion, and the Buddhist library are at the very highest point in the park. There is also a tower with very ancient atmosphere, and beyond that is a Maitreya Buddha statue sitting in the lotus position. Behind that is the incredibly otherworldly five-story tall Kuanyin statue, with 18 stone arhats around it. The views of the harbor and natural scenery from the main plaza are diverse and heavenly.

Guanghua Tower
Guanghua Tower stands at the head of the western shore’s wave-breaking embankment. Since you can see for miles from this tower, it is also called the tourist lighthouse. This tower’s structure is grand and majestic, and is known far and wide for its great architecture, with its umbrella-shaped structure. At the entrance there is a four-story spiral staircase, and there is also an elevator straight to the top. The roof radiates out in all directions, allowing you to see the harbor views and the sea views. There is also a large telescope that can be moved in any direction to see distant objects like ships at sea and the various islands. The navigation lighthouse was fashioned after Holland’s Rotterdam tourist lighthouse.
Today, the Keelung Harbor Affairs Bureau works with Keelung city government to promote oceanic tourism, and keeps the Guanghua Tower open to the public. The lighthouse has a caf?, and viewing the harbor’s scenery has become a popular part of the tourist experience in Keelung, as tourists can get on a yacht at the pier in front of the train station to tour the harbor.

Keelung Island
Keelung Island is an island that can be clearly seen from Keelung. It can be seen from Keelung and from the north coast, and all along the northeast coast. It has become one of the landmarks of Keelung and is one of the seven Keelung islands along with Heping Island, Zhongshan Island, Tongpan Island, Pengjia Island and the wildlife reserves Mianhua Islan and Huaping Island. Currently, Keelung city government has been actively developing Keelung Island into an Island Ocean Park, and will be an ecology classroom for travelers. Keelung Island is a volcanic island, steep on all sides, almost without any flat land. The view depends where you are on the land, and the changing weather also creates many different kinds of views. When the weather is clear, you can see the aura of a volcanic island. At sunrise and sunset, it gives the island a mystical quality. Currently there is a traveler service area on the island, with coastal paths and mountain paths. Besides enjoying the view of the island from the land, you can take a touring boat from Bisha Fishing Harbor to visit this island and enjoy its majestic scenery.

Chaojing Park
Located on Alley 369, Beining Rd., across from the Chaojing workstation, Chaojing Park is now open. It has tourism facilities like the school of fish sculpture at the entrance, a hermit crab square, sea-viewing platforms, good illumination, a path system with handrails, an automatic irrigation system, and excellent horticulture. The hermit crab waterscape at the center of the park is the sight that attracts travelers. There is a small square on the south side with a school of fish sculpture that acts as an attractive visual idea for the entrance. This would be a good place for a school field trip to aid in the learning process. It is full of visitors on the weekends and it has already become one of the best tourist destinations for enjoying the sea scenery.

Bisha Fishing Harbor
The coastal area around Bisha Fishing Harbor is prosperous with all kinds of highly valuable seafood, including fish, prawns, crabs, scallops, seaweed, sea urchins, and squid. There are hundred of types of seafood, giving it the name of Taiwan’s treasure trove. Combining recreation, fishing, and fine food together, Bisha Fishing Harbor Direct Sales Center was officially opened for outside business on March 29, 1998. Its mission is to reduce the exploitation that happens in seafood product shipping, to cut out the middle man and make the cost transparent so that not only the fishermen benefit, the consumer also gets a low price and the freshest fish. The Direct Sales Center has a restaurant area to provide all kinds of seafood in all the various cooking styles; you get a two for one bargain here. You can both enjoy excellent natural scenery and also have some delicious fresh seafood with some of your friends. You’re invited to visit Bisha Fishing Harbor for a trip that you’ll never forget.

Taian Waterfall
Taian Waterfall is located at Caolan Mountain in the city’s Qidu District. The mountain area is a water source forest reserve with a complete and lush forest. The waterfall falls from between giant green rocks and collects into a quiet pool. The water is clear, with frolicking fish. Beside the waterfall there is a mountain trail where you can do some forest bathing or just enjoy nature. Since this is an inland area, it is not so affected by the seasonal northeast winds, making it a good spot all year-round.

Nuandong Canyon
Nuandong Canyon is located at Nuan Nuan Dong Shi Hollow. The canyon’s stream is clean and bright, making up the main water source for the residents of Dong Shi Hollow. The leaves of the trees are lush and verdant. There is also a large-sized plaza for Keelung Boy and Girl Scouts to camp in that has been designated as a training camp by the North Taiwan Scouts Association. It can hold 300 people. There are two main paths within the Nuandong Canyon area. One is for appreciating the beauty of the steep canyon walls, and the other one is for wandering beside the flowing stream. You can also climb up to the top or just stop for a rest. The gentle sounds of the flowing stream makes you think you’re in a wonderland, and allows you to forget about the worries of city life

Nuandong Nursery
Nuandong Nursery is located in a shady hollow in a small branch on the west side of the Dongshi Hollow River, a branch of the Keelung River. It is mainly on the north-facing slope. The south-facing slope is made up of accumulated coal cinders. The land is steep and not very stable. In between the shores is a small mountain stream. Though the water is not that voluminous, in dry seasons it still flows with clean and fresh water. The nature trail is located on the southeast side in a naturally second growth forest. Planning for a forest bathing pool and building a good natural paths system will allow people to wander around in this area and listen to the babbling brook, the trees swaying in the wind, and the sounds of birds and insects, fully appreciating the simple pleasures of forest life. Nuandong Nursery preserves a very accessible low altitude natural broadleaf forest. It not only has a rich and complex variety of trees, there are also a large number of wild animals who make their homes in them. Because of the successful cultivation of bird attracting plants, this is the paradise for bird-watching.

Yourui River
Located in the Qidu Wuzhi Mountain region, there are two peaceful stream and forest regions known for tourism. Unlike most tourist areas, they are suitable for travelers looking for a little peace and quiet. The Yourui River and the Maling Hollow River are branches of the Keelung River, separated from each other by a mountain; they are both peaceful valleys. The Yourui River’s pond water is deeper, especially closer to the Zhiai Bridge. It is a deep pond 20 meters long and 5 meters wide, like a natural swimming pool. You can often see local children playing in the water and having a good time.

Maling Hollow
Keelung’s Maling Hollow has beautiful mountain and water scenery, and pioneers in the late Ming/early Qing Dynasties actually farmed here. In the Qing Dynasty, the coal mining industry flourished. There was a large population, and an official office was built here. Because of its industries of tea and camphor, its prosperity does not take a back seat to Keelung’s Temple Gate area. After Taiwanese retrocession, the government focused on developing the downtown area, which made remote Maling Hollow fall behind. In the old days, Maling Hollow relied on water transportation for development, from the areas of Shitanjiao, Yuanyang Lake, Maling Hollow’s tea leaves and camphor were transported to Mengjia and Dadaocheng, making it an area for agricultural products, an assembly of laborers and merchants that formed a prosperous triangle with Keelung’s Wudu and Nuannuan. Maling Hollow has long been a great place for tea and camphor, but it started to fall behind after the war. Nowadays the local products are bamboo shoots and mountain yams. With the support of the Agricultural Association and the city government, the industry of tourist farms has been started, so it is now very much worth a look for travelers!

Waimu Mountain Trail
Waimu Mountain Coastal Bicycle Tourism Trail is 1.2 km long and 3 meters wide. The whole construction cost was about 15 million NTD, this city’s first tourism bicycle path, located in the beautiful Waimu Mountain coastal area. Though this city’s coastline is not so long, it has many special features. The Waimu Mountain coast is unspoiled, and taking a bike ride beside the sea and through the green foliage gives you beautiful views of the sea. You can also see Keelung Island and ships at sea. Cycling or jogging here will give a great boost to your energy sapped by the pressures of city life. The plan to connect the terminal of the path with the Lover’s Lake path has been approved and funds provided for; construction will begin soon. Linking up Lover’s Lake and Da Wu Lun Fort will allow travelers to experience the beauty of the whole area. Please cherish this hard-fought bicycle path and bike or stroll with your companions.

Lover's Lake Park
Lover’s Lake is located on Da Wu Lun Mountain, and is Keelung’s only mountain lake. Its dense forests and emerald green waters are enchanting, with facilities including pavilions, a hanging bridge, a scenic platform, and a windmill. Travelers can enjoy a forest bath under the pine trees by the water’s edge, or take a hike on the path around the lake. In addition, there are many scenery platforms for visitors to take a rest in, a perfect spot for lovers to stop. There are many romantic spots around here. Fishing lovers will find many places to throw their line into the water and stretch out to wait for a bite. There is a Japanese-made steam engine (made in 1942) at the entrance that was once in operation on Taiwan’s railroads.

Hoping Island Park
Heping Island is located at the northernmost point of the island of Taiwan, and it is connected to Keelung by a bridge. The terrain of Heping Island has been eroded by the wind and sea, making it into a place to enjoy marvelous-looking rocks and scenery, such as a eroded rock platform made up of many square rocks all stacked up on top of each other, getting higher and higher in the direction of land. It looks like a legendary fisherman had drawn thousands of tatami mats out of the sea. Also, “tofu rocks” are formed when thin rocks stick together. There are many other wondrous sights caused by wind and water erosion on Heping Island. In addition, it is also rich in fossils.

Yangmingshan
Spring, in February and March, is Yangmingshan Park’s traditional flower season. There are flower season events with traffic control measures that are planned by the Yangmingshan Park Traffic Office and the Beitou Police Station. When the time is right, all kinds of colorful azaleas and Taiwan cherry trees all over the mountain sweep away the monotony of winter and light up the terrain with a breathtaking spectacle. In the summer, when the southwestern wind blows, there are scattered storms in the afternoon, and when the clouds and rain begin to clear, the sight of the “rainbow bridge crossing the valley” is often seen, brightening up Yangmingshan after the rain. When the fall season comes in October, Taiwanese silvergrass sways with the wind like a sea of flowers. Later, maples decorate their branches with red and golden leaves, weaving together the famous “Datun Fall Color” that can be seen for miles. In winter, due to the northeast winds, the Yangmingshan area is blanketed with mist, beaten by cold winds and constant drizzles, with low temperatures and high humidity, creating a completely different scene. If a strong cold front approaches, then Qixing Mountain, Zhuzi Mountain, and Datun Mountain will see snow in the air, turning that swath of peaks into a silvery world under a mantle of white snow.

Juming Art Museum
On a twisty, curvy mountain road in Jinshan, in a space-time continuum interlaced with clear peaks, you discover sculptures having a conversation with the misty sky, the vast sea, and the forested mountains. The museum has 11 wings according to the different terrain features. It is divided into 14 areas, such as the Tai Chi Plaza, the Art Museum itself, the Mortal Realm Plaza, the Loving Mother Stele, the Art Performance Area, which are all worthy of careful lingering. The museum completely collects the master Juming’s (朱銘) works from all periods and phases, including materials such as stone sculpture, brass sculpture, painted wood sculpture, stainless steel, sponges. In addition to this, the art museum also has the works of the master’s mentors, masters Li Jin-Chuan (李金川) and Yang Ying-Feng (楊英風), and in the service center works in different art styles such as Picasso and pop at can be seen.

Jinshan Traditional Street/Hot Springs
Jinshan was once called Jinbaoli which came from the transliteration from the Ketagalan tribe’s language meaning “sulfur gathering place.” After the Japanese occupation it was changed to Jinshan, the name in use to this day. Jinshan Township is surrounded on three sides by mountains, and one side faces the sea. It is the largest commercial town on the north coast. It is also a village with a long history. The Jinshan area has many famous snacks such as its famous duck.

Yehliu Ocean World
Yehliu Ocean World is located in Taipei County’s Wanli Township inside the Yehliu Scenic Area. There, before a cape sticking out into the sea 15km northeast of Keelung, you’ll find a seaside wonderland touched by nature’s magic. Yehliu Ocean Park is one of the major tourist sights on the North Coast Scenic Route, located just to the right of the entrance to the Yehliu Scenic Area, with a parking lot on the north side. It takes up 3.8 hectares (about 2.5 acres), with a vast scope and a grand view. With 20 years of history, Yehliu Ocean World is Taiwan’s first and only sea animal performance show. The performance area is made up of an amphitheater with 3,000 comfortable seats with great lines of sight. Adorable sea animals perform to fill your family activity with wonder and laughter, an entertainment space that is also considerably educational.

Teapot Mountain
Looking at the peaks above Jinguashi from Caoshan Highway, a mountain can be seen that looks like a teapot without a handle. This mountain is thus called Earless Teapot Mountain. Also, seen from Shuinandong it looks like a lion, so it is also called Lion Rock Mountain.

Keelung Mountain
Keelung Mountain (formerly known as Chicken Cage Mountain), standing 588 meters above sea level and located between Jiufen and Jinguashi, is an awl-shaped dormant volcano, so named because of its resemblance to a chicken cage. Legend has it that sailors traveling to northeast Taiwan used the mountain as a navigational point. In 1880, it was changed to Keelung, taking words from the phrase “prosperous base,” (though not changing the pronunciation in Chinese.) Keelung Mountain is straight and tall, with ridges stretching in three directions to Ruibin, Suinandong, and Jiufen. The peak is a platform with marvelous views, the best place for sea viewing. If you look at it from Jinguashi or Fushan Temple, the mountain ridge looks like the profile of a pregnant woman lying on her back, so it is also called Big Belly Beauty Mountain.

Jiufen Mountain City Traditional Street
Jiufen has unique panoramic mountain and sea view. In the early 1900’s it was a prosperous gold mining town, with a population of 40,000 to 50,000 at its height. At night, its lanterns glowed brilliantly, giving it the names of “Gold Capital of Asia” and “Little Hong Kong.” In the 1970’s the gold dried out and the prosperity ended. However, since the modern movie “City of Sadness” used it as its backdrop, winning the Venice Film Festival, many tourists who cherished old memories came to Jiufen, giving it a new birth. The development of Jiufen has lasted for 20 years, but it still preserves many Taiwanese traditions that have disappeared elsewhere. Interested travelers can see the face of history in the old traditional street, the temple within a temple, the first movie theater in Taiwan, and the mining pit, as well as the Mining Museum and the Prince Hotel.

Yinyang Sea
At the 86km marker of the northern coastal highway is the Yinyang Sea below the Taijin Co.’s abandoned copper smelting plant. This name comes from the fact that the sea appears to have the two colors of yellow and blue in the water. Most people think that the yellow color is due to the smelting plant, but actually since the land in the Jinguashi area contains a lot of gold and copper minerals, the minerals decompose, due to weathering, into iron-II ions (Fe2+). Iron-II ions easily dissolve into water, and effuse out with underground water. In the river it is oxidized into non water soluble iron-III ions (Fe3+), and turns the water a yellow color. Additionally, when the river with iron ions flows into the alkaline sea, it then reduces the solubility of the iron ions, which separate out into suspended particles, giving the Yinyang Sea its yellow appearance.

Qingan Temple
Qingan Temple is also called the Matsu Temple. Located along Zhonger Road, it is the oldest temple in Keelung. It was established in 1780 at Niuchou Harbor, with the Heavenly Mother as its main god. In earlier times, the streets of Keelung were not developed, and trading ships from the mainland came and went from the harbor. Since Keelung was not suitable for farming, most people were in the fishing industry, and they worshiped Matsu for protection at sea. Later, when the city of Keelung was built, the temple was moved to this location. Though it is in busy city streets, the atmosphere of a century-old temple is still there, with its exquisitely carved dragon columns, and solemn stone lions in front of the temple. The temple walls are porcelain bricks, and the inner walls were changed to extremely elegant Italian stone tile. Every year there are two grand ceremonies during Ghost Month and on Matsu’s birthday.

Gold Waterfall
At the 86km marker on the northern coastal highway, at the Yinyang Sea below the Taijin Co.’s abandoned copper smelting plant, is the entrance to the Gold Highway. Turn right up the hill about 2km, and go left towards the abandoned copper smelting plant. The Waijiufen Stream water and rocks were polluted to a coppery color. Neighboring Jiufen and Jinguashi are famous for gold, so the 10km of road passing through Jiufen and Jinguashi to the Water Curtain Cave is called the Gold Highway. The waterfall near the copper smelting plant on this road is called Gold Waterfall. The Gold Waterfall, located on the Jinshui Highway in the direction of the Changren Community, due to the fact that there was a copper mine upstream, there were copper deposits in the river bed, accompanied by the growth of fungi, which formed the appearance of a gold waterfall. The Yinyang Sea can be viewed from the old Taijin mine next to the waterfall, an extremely odd sight. This is a good viewing location, and the meandering Jinshui Highway is also in sight.

Gold Museum
Jinguashi was selected as one of Taiwan’s World Heritage Sites because of its unique geological gold deposits and its culture of mining. As Taiwan’s first ecological museum, the Taipei County government actively planned together with the local residents in hopes that the participation of the people of Jinguashi would help bring out the charm of this special place. The Gold Museum campus is based on resource preservation, stressing sustainable development and reuse of old buildings. It encourages management with local strengths to help push the development of the area. In the future when one goes to Jinguashi, besides appreciating the special geology and natural beauty, one will get a rich understanding of Jinguashi mining history and village culture, starting a new undying golden legend for Jinguashi.

Blue Highway
This city has four ships operating on the Blue Highway with one route: Bisha Fishing Harbor to Keelung Island. On Keelung Island, the Taiwanese lily blooms form from April to May, and the Taiwanese golden spider lily blooms all across the island from September to October.

Badouzi Ocean Park
Located on the southeast side of Heping Island, it was a solitary island on the ocean. In the Japanese occupation, the Japanese built a land bridge to connect the island to Keelung. Currently, the small peninsula across from Keelung Island is the location of Badouzi. Following the path around the mountain is today’s Badouzi Ocean Park. It has been planned as an ocean ecology zone with an ocean technology museum, and will later be used as an ocean technology museum. Walking up to the top, you can have fun with the water and wind under the blue sky. Wangyou Valley is located in the V-shaped valley between Badouzi and Changtanli. The whole rolling valley is covered in grass similar to moss, and you can see Badouzi fishing harbor and Keelung Island out to sea. It is said that a hike through here can make one forget their troubles!


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