guide was Jeff
Miller, a trade officer for the USDA whose hobby is hiking in the hills
near the city. He is writing a book about the Keelung area.
in a small village on the other side of the ridges from Keelung
trail on this
side was not developed, and was muddy and slippery after rains the day
before. The hills are honeycombed with such paths.
views to the
south were spectacular with even small altitude gains. Chang Gen
in Badu is the large white building on the left, closest to the camera.
flowers and insects were to be found.
about steps being "not natural," but the concrete helps protect the
from deteriorating in the constant rain, and its inviting ease keeps
from forging new trails that destroy other wilderness.
the hike was to view some of the forts left over from campaigns
in the Keelung area. Here we view a French artillery emplacement from
punitive expedition of 1884.
you get on
top of the ridgeline, the views of the city are spectacular.
of the history of the fighting between the Chinese and the French in
over from the fighting.
we almost disappeared.
headquarters and rifle pit.
the ridge and head toward Keelung, the paths are more developed.
where we ate lunch, a former temple, offered beautiful views of the
hike at the restaurant.
the first railroad tunnel built in Taiwan, begun under the energetic
Liu Ming-chuan in 1884 and supervised by European engineers.
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