Taiwan’s Northeast Coastal City, Keelung

Today was another great adventurous day trip from Taipei to the northeastern coastal city, Keelung.

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As you can tell, Keelung is a port city and we had the typical city on the bay cloudy, chilly weather. Though it’s nothing some hot street food can’t heat up, and that’s what Keelung is also well known for, a great night market. We started with some snacks soon after arriving via bus 1800 from Zhongxiaofuxing MRT, nt$45 (us$150) for about a 45min ride.
The first indulgence, the ‘Nutritious Sandwich!’

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This is a sweet, deep fried soft baguette stuffed with ham, cucumber, tomato, tea egg, and mayonnaise. Very satisfying snack for us$1.20!
With the heat of the crowd, I wanted to cool down with Pao Pao Ice. The other famed snack here that is best described as a gelato snow cone.

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The shaved ice comes out of the traditional shaver machines and is mixed with your desired flavor in a ceramic bowl. Check mine out being made to order! (I know my Dad would love to eat about three of these. Thinking of you Papa!)

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With the light fading…we jumped on local bus 101 to Heping Dao Gongyuan, 和平島公園, to see the rocky northeastern coast. The park charges nt$60 to get in and has a great stroll around the rocky shore with interesting rock formations.

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We were so happy to be on the coast again! The nearby small island gave a great perspective. I could watch the waves come in all day long…

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Around the other side of the hill and straight across from the main entrance we found the swimming hole. Well, it’s more safe to say the sea swimming pool created by building up concrete walls around the natural rocks and creating a man made beach and safe ocean swimming area. We’ll be back in the summer to enjoy the cool water! Really cool set up.

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And more wave watching.

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A 10 minute walk back to the bus stop and a 15 minute ride back into downtown, we were ready for more snacks at the night market. The only problem was, everyone else in the entire town was too! Oh well, we made it to the temple where the street gets its namesake, Miaokou Night Market, full of ‘nacks!’ 😉

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We pushed our way towards some excellent looking seafood and saw a familiar face…

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Yep, that’s Anthony Bourdain recently in Taiwan on July 1, 2012 during his Layover Taiwan show.

20130213-232630.jpgWe didn’t indulge ourselves on the large, live frogs, but instead on the local abundance of squid and ginger.

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We’ll be back in warmer weather to enjoy more of the coastal scene.

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