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Taiwan’s Keelung Islet to open to visitors soon

Volcanic islet 5 kilometers from Keelung City set to open March 15

(Keelung City Government photo)

(Keelung City Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Keelung Islet, which sits off the north coast, will open to tourists next Monday (March 15), with the number of visitors per day to be capped at 1,200, CNA reported on Sunday (March 7).

Keelung Department of Tourism and City Marketing Director-General Tseng Tzu-wen (曾姿雯) said that until 2019, Keelung Islet had been closed for repair nearly five years due to typhoon damage to facilities there.

The islet’s tourist season varies from year to year depending on sea conditions and the willingness of ship operators, she said. She added that last year, it was open only from July 1 to the end of October due to the pandemic.

As the pandemic situation has eased, the city government has decided to open the islet to visitors from March 15 to Oct. 31 this year. Those interested in setting foot on the islet should check here for information about tours to both Keelung Islet and Elephant Rock, and then contact licensed ship operators to make a booking via this website.

Tseng said the islet possesses a unique ecology and rich tourism resources. She recommended that visitors hike to the top of its highest mountain and enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views of the sea.

Keelung Islet, which is 5 kilometers away, is 960 meters long and 400 m wide, and its highest point is 182 m above sea level. The islet and three others off the coast of Keelung — Mianhua Islet, Pengjia Islet, and Huaping Islet — are all volcanic.

One city government website describes Keelung Islet as "a beautiful volcanic islet surrounded by cliffs and almost entirely without fields."

Taiwan’s Keelung Islet to open to visitors soon

Taiwan’s Keelung Islet to open to visitors soon
Keelung Islet (Keelung City Government photos)

Updated : 2021-04-20 19:27 GMT+08:00