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Bus Travel (1)

Bus Travel (1)
The Great Bus Trip (I)—Embrace the Coastal Winds!
 The Coastal Highway in northeastern Taiwan extends along Keelung and Fulong. You may travel by highway buses, which are operated by the Keelung Bus Co. Ltd. The buses go between the New Fort Community (Guo Jia Xin Cheng), Keelung and Fulong, and are available every 20 to 30 minutes during peak time and 60 minutes at off-peak hours. With so many buses offered in a day, you can always enjoy the luxury of hopping on and off the buses whenever you want to stop and enjoy a chosen destination.
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Let’s start off from Keelung!
 The great bus trip starts with Keelung. To visit Keelung from Taipei, trains are the most convenient transport to take.
A single trip with a local train takes about 40 minutes. Aside from trains, buses are a good choice, too. Visitors from Taipei may take a bus at Shingtian Temple, Gongguan, Shilin, or Nanjing East Road to Keelung.
Photo When you arrive in Keelung, be sure to first visit the “temple night market” famous throughout the country. From the Keelung Train Station, go across the Keelung Harbor and head toward the cross-section of Rensan Road and Aisi Road. The night market boasts a total of more than 300 food stands, serving delicious food such as “tempura,” a kind of Japanese-style salty refreshment made from shark pulp. Before going to the next destination, eat till your heart’s content at the market!
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Delicious seafood— Badouzi
Photo The seafood feast may be extended to the Bisha Harbor. To the right of the train station, take a bus run by Keelung Bus that goes between New Fort Community (Guo Jia Xin Cheng) and Fulong. Ten minutes after the bus passes by the bustling downtown area and a shipyard, you will arrive at the “Bisha Fish Outlet” stop.
The Bisha Harbor has been refurbished into a tourist fish market, with a substantial number of seafood restaurants stationed at the Bisha Fish Outlet. Don’t worry about any language gap. Just choose whatever that makes your mouth water from the rows of fresh seafood and tell the owner what your budget is, and he or she will serve affordable, delicious dishes to you.
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Mysterious geological landscape—Nanya
Photo1 With our stomach full, let’s hit the road again by bus.
An amazing view comes in sight when we pass by the Shuinan Cave, in which sea water in blue and brown mingle together. This part of the sea is called the “Ying Yang Sea” by locals. The brownish water results from minerals in the ocean, left from mining activities in the old days.
The bus then arrives at Nanya, Photo2a fishing village where residents are friendly and simple. The village is famous for its magnificent view of giant rocks shaped by strong north-eastern seasonal winds and rough sea waves.
Opposite to the bus station, beside a pavilion, several steps lead to a coastal trail. A walk along the trail gives you the opportunity to closely observe a variety of strange rocks in Nanya. Enjoy the stone texture that seems to flow like whipped cream-finishing of a cake!
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Awe-inspiring wonders—the Bitou Cape Trail
Photo1 Now, on a bus again, we see a protruding cape in the shape of a human nose. You may get off here and hike along the Bitou Cape Trail that eventually leads to a major lighthouse.
Photo2 The trail is divided by three sub-routes, the lighthouse, coastline and valley routes. The routes are interconnected to one another, with the lighthouse route starting from the entrance next to the bus stop, the coastline one linked to Longdongwan, and the valley route beginning with a trail for the Bitou Cape Harbor.
Beautiful natural scenery is one of the best features of the hiking trail. Verdant forests and strange giant rocks are there to feast your eyes. Also, feel the excitement of walking pass one particular section of the trail, which is built along a cliff and is extremely narrow.
The trail ends at a white towering lighthouse, which you may mount to enjoy a breath-taking, beautiful birds-eye view at its observatory. A round hiking trip takes roughly two hours to complete.
In the early spring, wild lilies in full blossom would cover seaside hills. Do visit the Bitou Cape at this time of the year!
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Water Fun—Longdongwan
Photo After passing a tunnel from the Bitou Cape, the largest bay of the North East Coast—Longdongwan—comes in sight. This area is established into the “Longdongwan Ocean Park,” the only safe water zone recognized by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in the coastal area.
The park is equipped with a sea-water swimming pool and a museum of geological findings. Sailing and scuba diving courses are available here. Just dive in if you are interested.
A hiking trail, which starts from the ocean park, is linked to the seashore route of the Bitou Cape Trail. It is worth taking a 60-minute round hiking trip: along the trail, you are bound to marvel at a variety of geological wonders like sea cliffs, marine terraces and chessboard rocks, as well as wild ocean creatures like crabs and fish.
 
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A Tour of History—Yanliao
Photo Now, on the road again, we pass by “Aodi,” known for its “seafood cuisine street.” Then, we arrive at the next destination, Yanliao, is an important site in the colonial history of Taiwan. This is where the Japanese Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa and his army shored the island on May 29, 1895, when Taiwan was acceded to Japan after the Sino-Japanese War. Because this is the first place where the Japanese stepped on the land of Taiwan, the Japanese made an eight-meter-tall monument to memorize the prince, who died in a fight against defensive locals. After World War II, Taiwan was taken over by the Republic of China, and the monument was changed into one that memorizes the anti-Japanese fighters by the nationalist government.
Now, the region has been turned into the Yanliao Seashore Park, with an entrance built in the traditional Chinese style. In addition to the historic monument, the park is equipped with water leisure facilities, such as a water playground.
The “Golden Coast,” which begins at Fulong and extends to Yanliao, is the most beautiful coast in northeastern Taiwan. The 3,000-meter seashore is always packed with tourists on hot summer days.
After a pleasant walk along the Yanliao beach, you may take a bus to go back to Fulong, or take a train that directly goes to Taipei.
 
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  Travel itinerary
Taipei Keelung (the temple night market) or Badouzi (seafood cuisine) Nanya (strange rocks) Bitou Cape (hiking) or Longdongwan Ocean Park (sailing) Yanliao (monument in memory of anti-Japanese fighters) Fulong (seaside walks) Taipei


 
  Transport
From Taipei to Keelung by train
A single trip from Taipei to Keelung is around 43 minutes with a local train.

Coastal Highway buses at the North East Coast
From Keelung to Fulong:
The Keelung Bus offers one bus every 60 minutes that travels between New Fort Community and Fulong. For a detailed bus schedule, please visit the website of Keelung Bus at: http://www.kl-bus.com.tw/

From Nanya to Longdongwan Ocean Park
The Keelung Bus offers eight buses traveling between Reifang and Longdongwan Park every day.

From Fulong to Keelung
There are six buses that travel from Yilan to Taipei via the Coastal Highway everyday, operated by the Kuo-kuang Motor Transport. The departure time is: 04:38, 05:38, 10:38, 12:38, 13:38 and 16:38, but changes are not uncommon. It is advised to check the latest bus schedule at the website of Kuo-kuang Motor Transport at: http://www.kingbus.com.tw/.

From Fulong to Taipei by train
A single trip from Fulong to Taipei along the east-Taiwan railway is 80 minutes with a Tze-chiang Express train.


 
  Accommodation
Keelung
Evergreen International Hotels (Keelung)
No.62-1, Zhongzheng Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Keelung City 202, Taiwan
Tel: 02-2427-9988
NT$ 6,200 per night

Harbor View Hotel
No.108, Xiao 2nd Rd., Ren’ai Dist., Keelung City 200, Taiwan
Tel: 02-2422-3131
NT$ 2,600 per night

K Hotel
No.7, Yi 1st Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Keelung City 202, Taiwan
Tel: 02-2423-0111
NT$ 2640 per night

Fulong
Fulong Bellevue Resort
No.40, Xinglung St., Gongliao Township, Taipei County 228, Taiwan
Tel: 02-2499-2381
NT$ 6,000 per night


 
  Food
Keelung
Recommended: the temple night market
Address: Around Rensan Rd. and Aisi Rd. in Keelung City.
Transport: the market is 7 minutes away from the Keelung Train Station by walk.

Bisha Harbor
Recommended: the Bisha Fish Outlet.
Address: No.211, Beining Rd., Keelung City.
Transport: take a “Keelung Bus” bus and get off at the Bisha Harbor stop.

Bitou Cape
Recommended: Auntie A-chun’s Restaurant.
Address: next to Xinxing Temple at the Bitou Cape Harbor.
Specialty: hand-made coral jelly.

The Aodi Seafood Street
Address: Xingang Street, Zhenli Village, Gongliao Township, Taipei County.
The 1km-long street is filled with more than 20 seafood restaurants.


 
  Fees
Transport

Taipei Station to Keelung Station NT$ 43 for Local Train
Keelung to Bisha Fish Outlet NT$ 15 for Bus
Bisha Fish Outlet to Nanya NT$ 45 for Bus
Nanya to Bitou Cape NT$ 23 for Bus
Bitou Cape to Longdongwan NT$ 23 for Bus
Longdongwan to Yanliao NT$ 23 for Bus
Yanliao to Fulong NT$ 23 for Bus
Fulong Station to Taipei Station NT$ 130 Tze-Chiang Limited Express

Meal Fees
About NT$ 500

Ticket
NT$ 90 for Yanliao Seashore Pard

Accommodation
NT$ 1,600

Total: 3,315


 
  Tips
No change is available on buses in Taiwan. Please prepare enough coins in advance. “Easycard,” a type of IC transport pass, is applicable to buses run by the Keelung Bus.

Don’t worry if you don’t speak Mandarin. Just ask someone to write down your destination on a note and show it to bus drivers.

The summer sun can be extremely strong at the North East Coast. Be sure to take sun-block measures before you travel.


 
  Other Information
Longdongwan Ocean Park

http://longdong-oceanpark.emmm.tw/?ptype=info
Main Area Open: 8:00 a.m. – 19:00 p.m.
Water Area Open: 8:00 a.m. – 17:30 p.m.
Salt Water Information: Open from May to October, NT$ 100 per adult
Canoe Sailing NT$ 700 per 90 mins
Snorkelling NT$ 700 per 90 mins

Yanliao Seashore Park
Open: 8:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.
Ticket: NT$ 90 (NT$ 20 less to purchase coffee in the park)

 

 

Last Updated:2019-07-01 15:27