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Annual activities

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  • Arbor Day (March)

    2015/03/01~2015/03/31

    Arbor Day (March)

    Keelung City Government organizes the "Plant Trees for the Reforestation of Taiwan" event each year in order to create a more habitable living environment. The event is led by the mayor and accompanied by the Luotong Forest Area Management Office. A booth at the event distributes information and unique agricultural products from leisure farms. Pet adoption and free rabies vaccines for pets are also available on site. Seedlings, shovels and buckets are distributed for people to take back to their communities to plant and greenify the landscape. Let's build an eco-city together!

  • Hakka Tung Blossom Festival (May)

    2015/05/01~2015/05/31

    Hakka Tung Blossom Festival (May)

    The tung blossom is also called 'May Snow' and is a quintessential symbol of Hakka culture. When the tung trees blossom, their white flowers cover the entire valley like a blanket of snow. A faint fragrance follows you as you wander along the trails, making it seem like you're in a Hakka wonderland. Keelung City's Hakka population is about 60,000 and the Council for Hakka Affairs hosts the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival every April and May. The festival includes live concerts, tung flower hiking tours and guided tung blossom trail navigation in order to understand the life cycle and uses of the tung tree, as well as how to protect natural ecosystems. There are also Hakka language events, facial threading, silhouette art performances, Hakka food tasting, etc. to familiarize the public with Hakka culture.

  • Keelung Chinese Bayberry Festival (May to June)

    2015/05/01~2015/06/30

    Keelung Chinese Bayberry Festival (May to June)

    The intersection of spring and summer is when bayberries and makino bamboo shoots come into season. The city government and farmers' association host the Chinese Bayberry Festival each year to promote the city's agricultural products and invite the public to visit farms to experience the beauty of Keelung's mountains and countryside. A large number of Keelung's bayberry trees were felled in the 1970s in order to grow mushrooms. In recent years, due to assistance from the municipal government and farmers' association, bayberry yields have gradually risen. The bayberry fruit is bright in color and has a sweet taste. Chinese bayberry fruit is edible and many farms produce homemade bayberry jelly, jam, juice, syrup and other products. Makino bamboo shoots are easily recognizable by their slender shapes and are often added to farmhouse cuisine to create unique dishes.

  • Dragon Boat Festival ( June)

    2015/06/01~2015/06/20

    Dragon Boat Festival ( June)

    The Dragon Boat Festival is an important traditional festival and dragon boat races are a major annual event. Dragon boat sea races emphasize local fishing port characteristics and have laid down good foundations for cooperation since the 1950s. Over the years, with support and planning from the Keelung City Government and other sectors, participation from dragon boat race teams has always been enthusiastic, including both local citizens and foreign athletes. In addition to traditional dragon boat races, activities include a parent and child sketching contest, standing an egg at noon, garden party and song and dance competitions. This is an event suitable for the entire family. Come participate in the festivities and enjoy Keelung's vitality and enthusiasm!

  • Waimushan 4000m Open Water Swimming Event (June)

    2015/06/28~2015/06/28

    Waimushan 4000m Open Water Swimming Event (June)

    In step with the nation-wide trend for sports participation, to present the unique characteristics of an ocean city and to encourage people to get closer to the ocean, every year Keelung holds the Waimushan 4000m Open Water Swimming Event. Combining tourism and leisure, agricultural and fishing industries with sports to create a unique leisure event with local characteristics which instills new life into local tourism, industry and sports. The long distance swimming event begins next to the Haixing Swimming Association in Waimushan Harbor; contestants swim along the shore to Daiwulun Fishing Port, a total distance of 4000 meters. This event is very popular with long-distance swimming fans.

  • Sword Tip Squid season (June to July)

    2015/06/01~2015/07/31

    Sword Tip Squid season (June to July)

    In order to promote Keelung's fishing industry and tourism, every July and August the city government holds a series of "Keelung Sword Tip Squid season" events. The three main events are "visiting sword tip squids at night" night fishing experience; "sword tip squid cuisine": enjoying sword tip squid dishes; and a "themed carnival" event. There is also the presentation and sale of agricultural and fishing goods, free sword tip squid tasting, fish auctions, etc. that promote marine conservation. The Fishing Industry Season no longer just revolves around food but provides multi-faceted experiences linking local marine culture. Visitors get an understanding of the history, people and ecology of Keelung's marine corridor while enjoying great food and experiencing first-hand the human face of Keelung and its fishing village culture.

  • Keelung Maritime Festival (July)

    2015/07/01~2015/07/31

    Keelung Maritime Festival (July)

    There is a variety of activities on offer during the Keelung Maritime Festival. The three main events include visiting ships, artistic activities and the Marine Carnival Music Festival. The public has the chance to board well-known cruise ships and warships in the ship-visiting event; artistic activities include children's theater performances, orchestral performances as well as other musical and arts performances. Movies are also shown on the white wall of the cultural center in Taiwan's largest outdoor cinema; the finale of the Maritime Festival is the "Marine Carnival Music Festival". The public has the chance to take home prizes through the dress-up lottery and the organizers invite popular singers and bands to perform, bringing the event to an exciting climax.

  • Keelung Ghost Festival (August)

    2015/08/13~2015/09/13

    Keelung Ghost Festival (August)

    Every seventh lunar month, the entire city of Keelung mobilizes to host a variety of events. In addition to regular ceremonial rituals, there are also static and dynamic performances and exhibitions like the water lantern parade. These events attract large crowds and have become the center of the public's attention. It is a religious carnival with cultural meaning and depth. The annual Ghost Festival begins with the opening of the temple gates of the Lao Da Gong Temple on the first day of the seventh lunar month. The main altar is lit for 12 days; on the 13th day the Grand Lantern is paraded around the temple to pray for blessings; on the 14th day, water lanterns are floated on the river and the seaside; on the 15th day, a public prayer for release from suffering is held. Also on the 15th day of the seventh month is the Zhong Kui Dance. The temple gates officially close on the first day of the eighth lunar month and a ritual hand warmer is handed over. The Ghost Festival is an entire month of activities and each event has tradition, history and cultural and religious significance.

  • Keelung Performance Arts Festival

    2015/09/01~2015/11/30

    Keelung Performance Arts Festival

    The Keelung Cultural Center is at the intersection of culture, transportation, good food and tourism. It is also an important focal point for the tourism industry that the government is promoting. To this end, the Keelung Cultural Center has established a "mutualism" network system by integrating official and private resources. The Keelung Performance Arts Festival was chosen to be held at the Keelung Cultural Center to create a unique port city through cultural exchange and promotion. In addition to providing outstanding local performances for people of all ages, the festival also invited well-known groups from throughout the nation.

  • Qidu Railroad Cultural Festival

    2015/01/01~2015/02/28

    Qidu Railroad Cultural Festival

    The Railroad Cultural Festival was originally the Keelung River Fireworks Festival and began on the two sides of the Chongzhi Bridge in Qidu. Local residents on either side of the river would fire fireworks at each other on the night of the Lantern Festival. The rivalry was lively and provided quite a fireworks show. After the remediation of the Keelung River, the event became more and more popular and in 2007 the fireworks fight turned into the Fireworks Festival. The wooden station house in front of Qidu Station was renovated and repaired and remains near its original site; a park has been built around it. After the Qidu District Office moved to its present site on Guangming Road, in order to expand the event the Railway Cultural Fireworks series was held to kick off the festivities of the Lantern Festival. Activities include spectacular stage performances, lantern riddles and other events.

  • Arbor Day (March)

    2015/03/01~2015/03/01

    Arbor Day (March)

    Keelung City Government organizes the "Plant Trees for the Reforestation of Taiwan" event each year in order to create a more habitable living environment. The event is led by the mayor and accompanied by the Luotong Forest Area Management Office. A booth at the event distributes information and unique agricultural products from leisure farms. Pet adoption and free rabies vaccines for pets are also available on site. Seedlings, shovels and buckets are distributed for people to take back to their communities to plant and greenify the landscape. Let's build an eco-city together!