The city of Keelung (sometimes called Jilong) is a large port city located in northeast Taiwan and it has a population of roughly 350,000 people. The weather in Keelung is warm and mild in the summertime with regular short bursts of rain, while the winter months can be very wet and overcast.
Keelung has numerous military forts of varying historical significance that are popular attractions for tourists. One of these is the Ershawan Gun Emplacement also called Haiman Tiansian, which is Mandarin for “very dangerous gate to the ocean.” Built in 1840 by the Ching government, this fort was strategically utilized during the Sino-French war from 1884-1885.
Also built during the Ching Dynasty, Gongzih Liao Gun Emplacement is another fort of military significance. Famous for its architecture as well as its history, it only ceased from being an active military facility a few years ago. Because of its relatively recent use, the fort though old, is in very good condition.