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Beyond Taipei: Discovering Tamsui

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What You'll Do
  • Explore beyond Taipei and get to know the historical city of Tamsui (aka Danshui)
  • Experience local daily life with visits to the market and temples
  • Trace the changes of the eras, exploring various types of traditional and colonial buildings
  • Check out a hidden spot in Danshui, the floating community
  • Sample authentic local cuisine — Ah Gei — and other local snacks
Head to the end of Taipei’s MRT line to discover Danshui. Walk along its Old Street. See the architectural icons of Fort Santo Domingo and the Little White House. Top off your Danshui experience with local cuisine, such as fishball soup and other snacks.
What to Expect
Formerly a shipping and commerce center in 19th century northern Taiwan, Tamsui has emerged as a fascinating place to visit, full of tradition, history, culture, authenticity, and food (of course!). Take a Tamsui tour that will open your eyes to this wonderful little spot on the river.

Get a closer look at the floating community, observing that the structures resemble villages in Southeast Asia. Check out the Shell Warehouse, set up during British colonization and now functioning as Community University.

At the heart of Tamsui is its traditional market, local temple, and old street, which you’ll explore in depth. Visiting the market is one of the best ways to understand the lifestyle and living habits of locals in Tamsui.

Next, visit Tamsui Longshan Temple, a well-known temple located in the middle of the market. Not far from here is another temple, Tamsui Master Temple, with several god statues and very fine and exquisite carvings.

After checking out the market and temples, head over to the ‘rebuild street’ (Old Street), designated so because the buildings along this street are built with red bricks.

From history to transformation, pay a visit to the Little White House, the former residence of the Tamsui Tax Division, and Fort San Domingo, a red fort built by the Spanish. Both buildings demonstrate progression and different historical eras in Tamsui, offering an interesting juxtaposition from our earlier, more historical sights.

By this point, you’ll probably be pretty hungry. Good thing it’s time to eat! The most famous and authentic local dish in Tamsui is ‘Ah Gei’, or fishball soup, made with a sheet of bean curd stuffed with bean thread noodles, eaten with sweet or spicy sauces. In addition to the soup, there are other local snacks available to sample, like grilled squid, local biscuits, and an array of desserts to catch your eye.

With full bellies and minds you’ll head back to Tamsui MRT station, where you can head back into downtown Taipei, or feel free to continue your evening exploring Tamsui at your leisure.
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Snack
What's Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tip for the guide
Meeting Point

Exit 2, MRT Tamsui Station (so-called Damshui Station), Taipei, Taiwan Important Note: The start time varies depending on the time of the year. Please see below: 13:00 - 1 October until 30 April; 14:30 - 1 May until 30 September

What to Remember
Standard dress: Light jacket and comfortable walking shoes. You will have a long walk, so please bring a bottle with you.

Note that children must be 6 years of age or older to join the tour.

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