Danshui Old Street / Lover’s Bridge / Fisherman’s Wharf
Tamsui (淡水) is a smaller city to the north of Taipei that was the center of shipping and commerce in northern Taiwan in the 19th century. The city boasts many historical attractions, and is a popular location for viewing the sunset. Due to its close proximity to Taipei City, Tamsui has become a favourite destination for city dwellers to take a stroll and enjoy a coffee along the riverside. In recent years, Tamsui has given new energy to the city through the cuisine on its historical street, the bicycle path on the Gold Coast and the blue waterway. On weekends and holidays, tourists crowd in to enjoy excellent food and scenery.
– taken from wikipedia & travel brochures of Tamsui
Our recommendation: Go towards Fisherman’s Wharf & Lovers’ Bridge first via cab or bus, then take the boat ride back to Tamsui old street for snacks, popular Taiwanese street food like 鐵蛋 (“tie dan” – iron eggs) and souvenirs. This is because Fisherman’s Wharf & Lovers’ Bridge look nicer in the day time! Believe us, we went both day and night on different days and we know what looks better in photos.
Directions to Fisherman’s Wharf & Lovers’ Bridge
From Tamsui station exit 2, exit and turn right –> take bus 26 (it’s a loop bus) –> alight at the last stop
By cab: additional surcharge of 30 NT (standard market rate, because distance is too short and therefore drivers would not earn at all if they charged only the cab fare)
* after 11pm, additional surcharge is 50 NT
Our total cab fare: 175 NT (S$7)
Over there, there are a row of shops selling Taiwan snacks and pineapple cakes (凤梨酥 – fenglisu) and buskers every few hundred feet serenading you with Taiwanese oldies. You can sit on the steps and enjoy the lovely weather and music. You may even request for songs!
Take the boat ride back to Tamsui station and immerse in the lovely coast lines of Tamsui and Bali, located across the sea. The ride lasts for about 15 minutes and costs 50 NT (S$2) per pax. You can pay in cash or using your MTR card.
Along the way you can go into shops like Porter International. With Taiwan being the primary manufacturing place for these bags, the price is also a lot cheaper, so shop away.
Check out the food you definitely have to try in Tamsui!
After strolling along the banks of the sea and eating your fill, you can spend a moment at this artist’s drawing shack, located beside the MTR (facing the sea).
His price: 1000 NT (S$40) for a A3-sized drawing
Our selfie with the artist Mr Hong. He may seem a little standoffish at first, but don’t let that deter you. He’s actually very nice and one of the better artists in the area. He’s friends with us on Facebook now!
Zhongzheng Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
MTR: Tamsui station