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Keelung Travel Guide, Taiwan

The beautiful port of Keelung is one of the largest and most important cities in Taiwan. Due to its mostly rainy weather, Keelung earned the nickname of Rain Port. Taiwan is under the jurisdiction of the Republic of China, but its rich history hasn’t always been linked to that of mainland China. In the past, Portuguese colonists have called Taiwan Formosa, meaning beautiful, and this name accurately describes the region, and especially Keelung. The city has many things to offer its visitors: beautiful beaches, historic sites, recreational parks and temples, and exquisite cuisine. In short, Keelung is the perfect place to experience the amazing culture of Taiwan. This Keelung Travel Guide offers some useful information for the prospective visitors of this lovely city.

Keelung Travel Guide - Transport

There are no airports in the vicinity of Keelung, but the international airport at Taipei operates flights to most major cities on the Asian continent and even more remote destinations from America or Europe. From Taipei, you can easily reach Keelung by bus or by train. Buses are the most common means of transport in Taiwan. From the central bus station in Taipei, there are buses headed towards Keelung every ten minutes. A direct bus drive takes a little over half an hour, but many bus companies take detour and the journey can take as much as two hours in this case. Commuter trains are another easy way to reach your destinations. They leave every 15 minutes from Taipei, but they can get quite crowded, especially in the morning. From mainland China, you can get a ferry from Xiamen to Keelung, or you can fly from most domestic airports to Taipei. Once you’ve arrived in Keelung, the best way to get around is on foot. The city’s tourist information centre has maps for sale, as well as brochures about the main tourist attractions.

Keelung Travel Guide - Accommodation

There are plenty of hotels in Keelung for every kind of budget. If you are looking for a quiet place where you can relax, Fu Chia Hotel is probably the best option. The hotel is a bit difficult to find as it is tucked away on a quiet street, but it is close to the city’s central train station and to the market. The rooms are affordable and clean, and the breakfast included in the price is absolutely delicious. Hwa Shin is a great mid-range hotel located in the city centre, close to the shopping district and the city’s famous night market. The living conditions are excellent, however, the hotel does not serve breakfast and you’ll have to check out one of the nearby cafes. If you are looking for a bit of luxury, this Keelung Travel Guide recommends the Evergreen Laurel Hotel, a majestic building with a great view of the harbor. The hotel’s restaurant serves the finest Cantonese cuisine in the whole city.

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