On A Cruise ? Mountain villages and nightmarket on the Northeast coast
On this full day tour from Keelung port you will see the sights and experience the best parts of the North Eastern coastal area around Keelung mountain (595 meters). As a local Keelung resident I will also show you a choice of the special things that make Jioufen, Jinguashi and nearby Keelung night market so interesting and the food always delicious.
As your private guide, I can adjust the starting time, route, duration and activities to meet your needs - let us know any special requests you have. You could even climb the steps of Keelung mountain on a very clear day for a better view.
Ready to taste some amazing local food and drinks? You can enjoy places at your own pace, and where coach tours won't take you or give you enough time.
Visit Taiwan's old gold and copper mining villages on the Northeast coast.
Walk by the Japanese style buildings in the Gold Ecological Park in Jinguashi. The Gold Museum displays the largest gold bar in Taiwan and a preserved mine tunnel from the Japanese era. On first Mondays when the park is closed we can explore more of the village and the location of the former Allied POW camp, now a memorial site.
In nearby Jioufen, the old gold mining village is now the best place to sample local food, browse in shops, and enjoy tea a with a view of the panorama of the North Coast. Stroll down Jishan old street and the steep steps of Suqi Road, past the old cinema and tea houses.
Next we may travel to Keelung's locally acclaimed Miaokou food steet and night market if your time permits. The market starts from 6 pm, but the food street around the Danji temple is always open.
To enjoy all of the night market activity, you may choose a later starting time for your trip, like 10 am.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Keelung port or hotel.
Coming from Taipei: the Keelung North train station (easier access)
End location: we'll bring you to your hotel, cruise ship meeting point or train station in Keelung.
Duration: 8 hours
From Taipei it takes about 60 minutes to travel to Keelung by car, train or public bus. Return from Keelung is around 35 minutes on the highway, plus additional time in town.
Saturday and Sunday are quite busy; with traffic and vehicle controls in place in Jiufen for cars above sedan size (4)
Taxi. Travel by car or van as a time saving option and an opportunity to see more places. Please ask me for details.
To start and end in Taipei you may book tour # 16305 'Discover the North Coast' by private car or van
Please let me know any mobility, medical and diet concerns in advance. Have your own medical and travel insurance up to date for this trip.
My services as your personal tour guide.
Car transport from Keelung along the coast and return, travel time up to 60 minutes each way.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 NT Dollar - per person. Have some change ready for small local cash purchases.
Food and drinks in tea houses and shops, many accept credit cards. Admissions, such as for the Gold Museum 80 NT Dollars, optional gold panning 100 NT Dollars, entry to Beishan 5th tunnel 50 NT Dollars. Buying any items of a personal nature for shopping, souvenirs, snacks, tea tasting and restaurant meals.
Driving and guiding must be kept separated on Taiwan's busy roads, so my trips are offered with a local agency and professional drivers.
Regular hours are from 9 to 5, at other times and for extra actual time surcharges may apply.
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Outstanding tour. Really enjoyed seeing the gold mine area, cat village, the night market, the hot springs,Taipei 101 and the great lunch! Christine and Jan were delightful people with an amazing amount of information. Very enlightening. Highly recommend this tour.