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Keelung Islet to reopen to tourists after 5-year closure

2019/06/20 18:20:38

Keelung Islet (Photo courtesy of Keelung City government)

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Keelung Islet, a volcanic islet off the coast of Keelung City that has been closed for five years due to typhoon damage, will be reopened to tourists June 25, Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) said Thursday.

Lin made the announcement at an international yacht race being held in the area.

Located five kilometers north of Keelung City, Keelung islet is 960 meters long and 400 meters wide. The highest point of the island is 182 meters above sea level and is the location of Taiwan's oldest solar-powered lighthouse.

In 2013, the Keelung City government decided to close the island following damage by Typhoon Soulik. Two years later, the island was struck by Typhoon Soudelor, which heavily damaged its harbor.

The city government allotted NT$82 million (US$2.6 million) in July 2017 for repair and renovation work on the islet that is now nearing completion.

The islet, which was a tourist destination and its surrounding waters an important fishing ground, is known for its unique flora, and seven plant species named after Keelung can be found there, the city government said.

Tourists can visit the island by ferries from the Bisha Fishing Harbor, the Badouzih Fishing Harbor, the Bachimen Fishing Port and Keelung Port, the city government said.

Fares will range between NT$700 and NT$850, depending on the operators, and tourists will be charged an additional NT$100 as an environmental protection fee.

(By Wang Chao-yu and Emerson Lim)
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