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Looking for suggestions on what to do on your own in this port. Or do you have to do an excursion? Thanks for your help.Hi,
We caught a train from Keelung within walking distance from where most cruise ships dock to Taipei. It takes about an hour and a bit from memory. Actually just remembered that we did do a basic tour from the ship and came back on our own because we didn't want to see Taipei 101 but quite enjoyed the Longsham Buddhist temple and Chiang Kai Shek's memorial. Taipei is easy to negotiate with the underground and is worth a look. It is doable by train both ways which is what some people did.People in the train station were very helpful. Really depends how long you are in port. Not sure what there is to do in Keelung. Cheers.
Looking for suggestions on what to do on your own in this port. Or do you have to do an excursion? Thanks for your help.Haven't been there but will be Oct. 23, 2009 Volendam. Vancouver to Hong Kong 32 nights.
Here are some web sites to look at:
Day tour site have not checked them out
Keelung Official Tourist site (pop up comes up to install language pack just click CANCEL and it will load in English)
Link to tourist attractions in Keelung (MAP) Once on site click on map link for Keelung, a little slow to load.
Taiwan tour bus
Shops are open in this area from 10/1100-2300. Bargaining is not a custom in Taiwan, but discounted prices are shown, '7' meaning a 30% discount on the original price.
From the ship you can walk up (and down) to ZhongZheng park in an hour to visit the Guanyin statue, two temples - and nearby Ershawan fort. Four other forts in the area have been restored and offer broad views of the port and the Northeast coast.
The Keelung train and bus station is on the opposite side of the narrow port: walk about ten minutes along the waterfront and use the pedestrian overpass. At the bottom of the steps is the Keelung Visitors Bureau, next to the bus station.
Taipei can be reached in 35-50 minutes by bus, train, taxi or excursion. Use the Metro Taipei MRT system to get to most tourist spots, or hail one of many metered taxis.
Nearby places to visit are Jioufen (to the South), an old gold mining town on the slopes of Keelung mountain, and the Geopark at Yehliou (to the North) - all visible from the ship entering the port and about 45 minutes away from Keelung by bus or taxi.
The Keelung Harbor Bureau offers free tourist information (by volunteers) and free city maps, as well as currency exchange and postal service in the terminal or tents adjacent to the ship. The Passenger Terminal provides fast and free internet and Wifi, ATM on the ground floor. Be aware that regular banks are one block away, but open from 1100-1500 island wide.
See also Wikitravel, a work in progress on Keelung and Jioufen
Another place I'd recommend if you don't like the cities, is Chiufen Village. It's an old gold mining village build on a coastal hill near Keelung, which is frequent by tourists, artists, and movie directors. You do need good mobility for this place though, but you get to sit down at one of the neat teahouses sipping local tea and eating snacks. I'm not sure how to get there through public transportation, but sharing a taxi might not be too bad. I couldn't find a good website for it but you can search "Chiufen Village" on yahoo and images section will give you some good idea.