Being Alien Residents at Long Dong

The Bivy is set up by husband-and-wife Singaporean climbers, Qx and Kelly in May 2015.

It all began with a book that Matt sent to Qx in 2007, a guidebook of Long Dong that he had written. It took us three years when we finally decided to make our way there in December 2010.

We hopped onto Huzi’s (鬍子) van in Taipei and made our way to Long Dong. As we got onto the Coastal Highway, the view of the winding coastline and crashing waves in the vast and open Pacific Ocean welcomed us. The drive along the Coastal Highway remains as one of our favorite parts of the entire experience going to, and now, living around Long Dong. It gives us an ironic sense of peace and thrill.

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Taking our first ride on the Coastal Highway

Since then, we found ourselves returning to this place year after year, staying in different villages and small towns around LD.

Enchanted by the simple and local lifestyle of living in a fishing village, supported by some basic amenities, and a close enough proximity to LD, we finally decided to set up our second home, The Bivy in Bitoujiao in May 2015.

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The house as we found it


Bitoujiao (鼻頭角)

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Bitou Cape as seen from Long Dong

Bitoujiao (or Bitou Cape) is a quiet and quaint little fishing village, inhabited by less than 100 people.

Bitou Cape, alongside Fugui Cape and Sandiago Cape, the northernmost and easternmost points of the island respectively, are the three main capes that provide a beautiful spectacle of the coastline in Northern Taiwan.

In Bitoujiao, residents are generally either 50 years and above or children, and the village thrives on fishing, recreation and tourism for a living. Our neighbours are warm and kind, making us feel welcome and well-integrated in the community. It helps that we speak Mandarin and understand a wee bit of Taiwanese..

Living here all this while makes us realize we are so fortunate to get to enjoy nature, quietness, clean air, good spring water, small catches of fresh seafood and seaweed and other local produce.

For every climbing destination we head to, we believe in staying put in a place long enough to truly enjoy its climbing and lifestyle. Living in Bitoujiao for four years now, we have picked up some tips and tricks about living around LD.  And we are happy to share what we have learnt through a series of #LDlifehacks on our FB page and website. We hope this will serve as useful information for everyone to understand and enjoy Long Dong better.

Look out for our updates, safe climbs peeps!

Live an Adventure,
Qx, Kelly & Chong Chong (The Bivy Dog)

Qx and Kelly are rock climbers and AMGA certified instructors.
Chong Chong is The Bivy’s crag dog, ie greeter/security guard/trainee porter.
We love rock climbing.