[ 基隆 ] Ruins of a Fortification & Keelung Harbour

Ershawan Fortification [ 海門天險].

What  makes Keelung such a strong historical defense point is its geographical landscape. The shape of the Keelung harbour is more like a U with hills and mountains all around overlooking the harbour. So when foreigners intruded, cannons and fortifications..along the harbour act as “gates” to prevent intruders from reaching the inner part of the harbour. Ershawan Fortifcation was one of most important forts.


We took this photo on the long steep steps leading up to the fortifcation. Some say the steps are built steep like this because it would take longer for enemies to head upward to the fort.  & About what we’re doing in this photo: our group guides kept coming up with different ways to pose. I think this one turned out pretty awesome! :p

There are also other photos here:


Hotel lobby with buffet table and entrance to the cafe where we had our breakfast!


We were taking lots of photos at the hotel lobby early in the morning!


First & major stop for the day!  海門天險; Hai-men-tian-xian (or alternatively named 二沙灣砲台; Ershawa Fortification). This was one of the major forts along the U-shape harbour of Keelung that had its unbeatable military importance.


What remains of the fortification now. The walls have these “hook” shape to the edges. This is actually a water/leakage-proof method applied on architecture to ensure when it rains a lot (Keelung is well known for its rain), the water does not cause erode or cause leakage problems for the fort.


Cannon from the Ch’ing Dynasty with the names of the soldiers responsible for this cannon engraved on the cannon. It was an honour to have your name engraved on it but it also meant a lot of responsibility.


Me in one of the ruins that was once an ammunition depot.
Photo taken by member of the 基隆文史協進會.


We all seemed to be trapped inside!
Photo taken by member of the 基隆文史協進會.


Walking down the steps where we took our signature group photo, you’ll see these “barracks”  that are now covered by weeds..


Awesome view of the Keelung harbour from the fortification! You see why it had such a military significance?!


Me & my travel mate for the trip 淑君. 🙂


Unbeatable view of the busy Keelung harbour.

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