Exploring Keelung: Things to do in this historic port city

Dear reader: This article contains affiliate links. These will help this website grow, but will not cost you anything extra. Keelung is a large port city in north east of Taiwan. The city of Keelung is also nicknamed the rainy port because it rains a lot, but don’t let that put you off visiting this … Read more

8 historical forts and defensive structures in and around Keelung

Keelung has quite a long history and has been an important port for Taiwan for centuries. Due to this importance, local rulers felt the need for defensive structures. Nowadays they are not in use anymore and are popular tourist destinations. Today I would like to go with you through the list of historical forts and … Read more

New Year fireworks Taiwan: where to watch it online

Although I have never seen it for real, every year I try to watch the Taiwan fireworks online. I thought maybe I can share some of the streams with you so you can also watch it! Taiwan 2023 fireworks show Scroll down to go to the livestream of the fireworks. I’ll keep on updating during … Read more

Podcast Taiwan: #5 Formosa files

Formosa files is easily my favorite podcast about Taiwan. Currently in its second season it airs an episode every Thursday. Formosa files podcast is sponsored by the Frank Chen Foundation and started in September 2021. It covers history of Taiwan but in a wide variety of topics. It is hosted by John Grant Ross and … Read more

The Dutch Conquest of Spanish Formosa: The attack on Fort San Salvador, Keelung in 1642

This is the story of the Dutch conquest of Fort San Salvador and the Spanish town La Sanctissima Trinida ( current day Keelung) in the year 1642 as described by P.A. Leupe in his work “DE VEROVERING VAN HET FORT: LA SANCTISSIMA TRINIDADE, OP FORMOSA, IN 1642″. In his work he both uses descriptions as … Read more

Religion in Taiwan: A short guide

When Traveling in Taiwan you probably see many Temples and most likely you will come across some kind of religious celebrations and/or ritual. Therefore I would like to give you some background information about the Religions which are practiced in Taiwan. What is the most popular religion in Taiwan? Taiwan has a long history of … Read more

Taiwan open for tourists again from september 12th!

Taiwan government announced that after 2 and a half year waiting tourists can come and visit again. Earlier this year working, student and visas for business trip were already available again. Tourist entry is the next step in opening up Taiwan to the world again, in august the 7 day quarantine was already reduced to … Read more

Happy mid-autumn festival!

This weekend the mid-autumn festival, also known as moon or mooncake festival is celebrated in Taiwan. It is the 2nd most important celebration after Chinese New year. Today, I would like to tell you more about this fun celebration. [1] image credit About the mid-autum festival What is the mid-autumn (mooncake) festival? The moonfestival is … Read more

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