Dan Shui, Taipei
You can catch a ferry to Tamsui Fisherman's wharf. If you arrive there in the evening, you will see the Love Bridge with rainbow colors. The Love Bridge is the landmark of Tamsui Fisherman's wharf. If you cross the bridge, you will see magnificent views of the harbor and private yachts in the bay. If you don't want to take a ferry back to the Tamsui MRT station, there is a bus-stop across the bridge where you catch a bus to an MRT station. But I don't recommend it as it takes longer time to take a bus.
If you can, try to arrange to visit Tamsui waterfront around 5pm. It was the right time to enjoy the daylight before sunset. You will see the sun turn different colors and eventually set off from the ocean. Sunset in Tamsui is a must if you are visiting Taipei! It is very beautiful!
Tamsui Waterfront is located walking distance from the MRT Station. The pedestrian walk is spacious with cafes and restaurants facing the river. Other than tourists, most locals love to come here for the evening walk and enjoying the sunset. Other activities like dancing, tai chi, jogging and cycling are common along the Riverwalk.
Swimming is not allowed!
Danshui is located at the end of the Danshui Line of the MRT. It is a port located on the Danshui River and has many buildings of historical interest as well as some interesting Chinese temples and busy shopping streets.
Buildings of historical interest include:
The Red Castle - now a restaurant. This picturesque building was originally built by the British. As a restaurant. It has quite good food and excellent views.
Fort San Domingo - interesting and well preserved building originally built by the Spanish, then taken over by the Dutch, then turned into the British Consulate. Well worth a look.
George Leslie MacKay was a Canadian missionary based in Danshui. He built many hospitals and schools in the area and is held in high regard by people in this area even today. There are lots of old buildings associated with George Leslie MacKay including Oxford College (located inside the campus of Alethia University), Danshui Church and Tamkang High School which includes MacKay's grave and a small foreigner's cemetery.
The little white house - lovely old building which used to be the port's customs house.
There is a statue of MacKay in the middle of town.
I enjoyed Danshui via "Meetrip Taipei", whose concept is "Enjoy travel together with locals".
( Actually, I'm making Meetrip! )
Its activity was full of local night Danshui 淡水. You can't discover it in your guidebook. You need a local person to get there.
I visited here with Kerry, a local joyful Taiwanese girl. She took me to 紅毛城 Hongmao Castle by a city bus. It was built in 1629 by Spanish.
It was night, so I couldn't get inside the buildings, but it was interesting to walk in a night local and old town. Kerry is very familiar with this area because she graduated from a university located around here.
Kerry said, "I take foreign friends to only place that local knows and you can't find in your guidebook:) "
After exploring the old street, we went to a night market and enjoyed very local foods with Kerry!
Danshui Old Street (Zhongshan Street) is a lively pedestrian street shopping area which offers tourists a wide selection of restaurants, arcades, and stores specializing in traditional handicrafts. Visitors can sample Danshui's local specialties: Ah-ghey (crystal noodles stuffed in fried bean curd, served with a mild hot sauce), fish ball soup, BBQ squid, and "iron eggs" (eggs which have been stewed in a mix of herbs and spices until pickled).
Danshui is a small town to the north of Taipei that was the center of shipping and commerce in northern Taiwan in the 19th century. The city is popular with visitors from Taipei and boasts many historical attractions, and is a popular location for viewing the sunset. Danshui is located near the outlet of the Danshui River into the Taiwan Strait. The area was first settled by non-aboriginies by the Spanish in 1629 as the town and mission of Santo Domingo. The Spanish were expelled by the Dutch in 1641, who built Fort Anthonio, forming what is known today as Hongmao Castle. Following the departure of the Dutch in 1661, Danshui continued to grow, becoming the largest port in Taiwan by the 19th century.
Located along the Danshui River, the Danshui pedestrian shopping area offers tourists a wide selection of restaurants, arcades, and stores specializing in traditional handicrafts. From the Danshui ferry wharf, you can also take a ferry to the Danshui Fisherman's Wharf for NT100.
Drop by danshui old street on a weekend and you'll be surprised to find it crowded with locals. Take a walk down danshui old street and you will be able to see locals fishing, siting around chatting and eating. Danshui seems to be the place for the locals to hang out on a weekend. Take a stroll down danshui street and don't forget to try out the various street food sold at the stalls along danshui old street. Do stay for the sunset as well.
Just jump on the red line of MRT, it would take you to Dan Shui, a traditional town of Taipei county. You can taste many kind of traditional food in the main street, just turn right after you step out of the MRT station. Along the riverside, you can also see the beautiful sunset as long as you go there in right time.
The town of Danshui is outside the Taipei Shih (Taipei City) proper and is actually in Taipei Xien, which is governed by Taiwan Sheng. Danshui (Tamshui) (Tanshui) (淡水) is a city at the mouth of the Danshui River, the major river which runs through Taipei. Danshui is a very popular weekend escape for the people of Taipei, so be careful choosing when to come. It is very convenient and accessible by MRT. Danshui is famous for a few things, including it's Fisherman's Wharf, sunsets on the Strait of Taiwan, and Fort San Domingo.
The MRT ride from Taipei Main Station to Danshui is the most scenic MRT ride in Taipei. Before reaching the Yuanshan MRT stop, the Danshui-Beitou Line goes from underground to above ground. The rest of the line is completely above ground, allowing for views of the Grand Hotel, the Guandu Bridge, the Danshui River, Guanyin Shan, and the Datun Mountain Group.
The dock is a good place for marvelous sunset viewing.
We took a boat ride from fisherman wharf to MRT station. Anyone would love to watch the flying cranes and listen to the river flowing. Danshuei is such a wonderful place and be sure to visit it.
I was at Taipei on April 2005 for holiday. I would recommend vistor to visit DamShui. It was easily accessible. Just take the MRT to Damshui station and there is a stretch of street with shops, game stalls, food stalls and resturant. The thing that was sold there was interesting quite different from the night market. You could also take a ferry ride to 2 scenic island , the 'Ba Li' island and Fisherman Whart. There are also shops and resturant in the Isalnd and you could also ride a bicycle around the Island. However there is a resturant in 'ba Li' Isand called ' Zhou Ang' which the service is very bad, may avoid that returant.
Visiting DanShui is one the best day trip near Taipei city. DanShui is a town north of Taipei and it is accessible by MRT (it is the last station of the red MRT line). Located at the intersection of DanShui river and the ocean, with Guangying Mountain on the other side of the river and Yingming Mountain at the back, I think it is the most beautiful place near Taipei. During weekends, this place often attracts big crowd of tourists from Taipei. People often come here for a relax walk along the river bank, or some tasty food at the "old street", or a view of the most spectacular sunset at the fisherman's wharf. If you are looking for more depth, there are plenty of historic sites to explore around the town.
Stand along Danshui Harbour and feel the cool wind blowing at the face.
Nice site to take photos as well.
Stroll along this old street in Danshui and stock up with Danshui specialities such as Tie Dan (metal eggs).
Try the various finger food stores such as Fried Durians and Bean curd.