Explore Keelung's origin, coast and indigenous culture
From the 17th century, Palm island, now named Heping or Peace Island has been the gateway to Keelung and served as a fortified base for the Spanish, Dutch, French and the Japanese.
The Coastal Park beach and hoodoo rock formations, the 'Dutch cave' at Fanzi islet, nearby small Sheliao East fortification ruin and temples can be visited on an extended walk and hike around the island.
At the fishing port, authentic local fish restaurants serve fresh and live seafood of your choice. The Indigenous Culture Hall and Museum offers you a glimpse of the Ketagalan past, culture and a unique view of the island, the port and Keelung Island.
A mostly quiet and yet to be discovered tourism spot, a good and nearby alternative to the very busy Yehliu Geopark or Bisha fishing harbor for tourists.
You can even bring kids to a wading pool or take a swim in the open air seawater pool that has been cut out of the rocky shore, and see the ships passing by. . .
This tour is ideal for cruise passengers spending a few hours.
We'll take our own taxi to Heping Island, or a Keelung city bus if you'd like to experience a ride with the friendly locals.
Drive along a stretch of the coast and walk around and climb up the Peace park to see the seashore and Dutch cave. If you're hiking up to the remains of the Japanese fort you may pass by the original island fresh water well, still in use since the 17th century.
Daily except on Monday: visit the Indigenous Museum, showing the culture of the original Ketagelan inhabitants and other Austronesian groups living on the islands for thousands of years before settlers arrived from Fukien province.
Optional fresh seafood lunch at the port, or on the coast nearby. It is a local setting with basic facilities but highly recommended.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: For cruise passengers - the Keelung Cultural Center side entrance, across from the Keelung Harbor Bureau at berth E2.
Visitors to Keelung: at the smaller North terminal exit of the train station. Add travel time Taipei-Keelung one hour each way.
End location: The Keelung Harbor Bureau, the train or bus station, or arranging your own taxi back to Taipei.
Duration: 4 hours
The island's park closes by 6 pm when the sun sets, so best use of time is made by starting before 2 pm, unless you're planning on having a seafood dinner.
Bring comfortable shoes and an umbrella. If you're going for a swim: a swimming cap and towel, the park has changing facilities and showers.
Taxi, or city bus. Walking on some steps and a rocky beach.
You can go swimming, but please let me know in advance and bring a towel and swimming cap.
Maximum 10 people (three taxis) happens to fit one round table in the fish restaurants.
Starting & ending in Taipei will increase the tour duration by one hour each way.
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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 NT Dollar - per person for drinks and snacks, admission. Any additional transport cost.
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