Longdong (aka Dragon Caves -龍洞 Lóngdòng) is a popular spot for snorkeling, scuba diving, and rock climbing. There is also a large sea cave there (pictured above) from where the place gets its name.
The sandstone that forms Longdong was formed as sediment under the ocean millions of years ago and were then uplifted thanks to the collision of the Eurasian and Philippine plates. The rocks are mainly sedimentary and are part of the same formation that forms the special rock formations on the northern coast around Keelung. Because of this, there are many interesting eroded rock formations around the cape.
The name Longdong (龍洞 Lóngdòng) means dragon cave in Chinese, named after the prominent cave in the area.
The area is a popular weekend destination for many residents of Northern Taiwan.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From Keelung, take provincial highway 2 east along the north coast until you reach the Longdong. There is limited parking near the harbor, and further free parking farther away.
By Bus: From Keelung TRA Station, take Keelung Bus 791 east about two hours to Longdong.
Please see below:
Original post from May, 2014:
On Wednesday we made the long trek to Long Dong 龍洞 where Matt was determined to do some awesome rock climbing. But alas it was raining the whole time, and the sea cliff was too slippery to climb. On a normal day though, the sea cliffs seemed like they would be a great place to climb, some of the cliffs were almost 70 meters high, and there were anchors in the rocks everywhere. We hiked around the beach until we decided we couldn’t go any further, the cliffs were too gnarly. So we went around to the other side of the beach to go to the dragons cave Long Dong. Scott stayed in the car, and I don’t blame him because the trek to the dragons cave was a treacherous one. There was a lot of boulder hopping on the way there, and it was raining, topped with the fact that there was also moss on lots of the rocks. It was fun, but at some points I had to get on all fours to not slip. There was also a small cliff jump which was fun, which I biffed on the way back, but I was fine. The cave was grand and majestic.
Color photo of the cave.
Wider view of the cave.
View from inside the cave.
View of the ocean from inside the cave.
View of the cave dirt floor.
Update from 2021:
There is some parking in front of the Longdong Trail near a temple. This is view of the northeast coast from that parking lot.
Statues in front of the temple.
View of the temple.
The trail then extends along the cliff in front of the temple.
View from the platform near the temple to the left.
View looking down at Longdong.
View to the south with a view of the trail going down to the rocks below.
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