Badouzi is a rocky area along Taiwan's north coast in Keelung. It includes a seafood market, marine science museum, and a wide grassy area (Chaojing Park). There are also many interesting rock formations in the area. It is a popular location for its seafood, flying kites, hiking, and enjoying the ocean scenery.
The sandstone and sedimentary that forms the Badouzi formations were created between 10 and 20 million years ago, and was pushed out of the sea along with northern Taiwan thousands of years ago.
The rock formations formed by easily eroding sandstone, by the sea and waves.
The area around Chaojing Park was a protected military base and garbage dunmp, after which civilians were allowed to freely visit.
Kite flying is also a popular activity at the park.
Marine Science Museum: 200 NT
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Drive to Keelung, then from downtown take provincial highway 2 east about 10 KM until you reach the the turnoff to Chaojing Park, and there is some paid parking if you drive to the very end, which will put you closest to the park.
By Train/Bus: Take the TRA to Badouzi (八斗子） station, then walk about 1 KM northwest until you reach the Chaojing Park.
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I have been to Chaojing Park once and it was packed with people. There were cars stacked for miles and it was hard to get in or out. It is a very popular place on weekends.
Check out our drone video above for an overview of the area.
Or check out the 360 degree spherical panorama above.
First we checked our Badouzi Harbor for lunch. Normally I think it would be busier but because of the pandemic there were less people there.
Main view in the fish/seafood market at Badouzi Harbor.
Fried shrimp cakes.
More fresh fish.
We ended up getting a normal fried fish and some fried rice.
Fried rice and noodles.
Another view down the hall.
There were also remote control car rentals for little kids outside.
After finding some parking in front of a restaurant (and promising to pay for food) we made our way to Chaojing Park.
View looking toward Jiufen.
An explanation of sea eroded platforms on the shore.
Do not brake any of these rules.
More explanations of the geology here.
Sea carved rock on the shore.
First view of the park.
Looking south toward the parking lot.
Another view of the ocean.
The park was full of people flying kites.
We also bought a green kite here for 300 NT.
There is also a stone arch here for instagrammers I assume.
There is also a sand pit and giant shell slide.
More photos of the park above.
From the park, you can hike to the top of the hill and get a great view.
Stone steps to the top.
Sun shining through the foliage.
Explanation of local plants here.
The trail continues.
Brief description of military activity in Keelung. There are still two pillboxes leftover from Japanese occupation here.
View of the water from near a small military barracks.
View of the sea with Keelung Islet in the distance.
View toward Keelung City and Heping Island.
Faded map of the area.
For dinner we ate at the restaurant that we parked at.
We also had an amazing view of the coast.
The main film in the Keelung Marine Science Museum (國立海洋科技博物館) is weirdly a musical/visual tribute to the building's past as a former power plant. I'm all for historical preservation, but this was just strange and overboard.
This is the only photo of the museum. Despite it's name, there are actually no marine animals. Everything is either a model, photo, or interactive exhibit. The price for admission is 200 NT.
For our full guide to Taiwan's northern coast, click here.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more blogs on Taiwan's northern coast to come!
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