Danshui North of Taipei

Danshui, 淡水, or Tamsui as it is most recently referred to and how it sounds on the MRT (metro), makes for a great afternoon out of the city. The area is in Beitou, northeast of Taipei city. It is easily reachable from the MRT red line, take it all the way to the last stop.

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Along the fast, seamless ride you’ll see beautiful scenery. From Taipei Central station it’s about a 40 minute ride for the cost of NT$40, or about US$1.35. Just as you exit the MRT, you’ll find yourself in Riverside Park. A great, open area perfect for a stroll along the water. Bikes are also readily available for rent with really well laid out biking paths along the water.

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Weather permitting, there are multiple ferries to take around the bay. To Bali, NT$45; Fisherman’s wharf, NT$60; Guandu NT$110. It was a bit too windy of a day to make it enjoyable, but next time!

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Instead, we took Bus no.26 for NT$7 up to Fisherman’s wharf for more bay views and a stroll on the very windy, but beautifully built pedestrian bridge.

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Strolling along the water always is good for photo-opps!

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There are multiple cafes and restaurants for dining, but we recommend venturing along Tamsui Old Street to meld with the tourist crowds and have some tasty street snacks.

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Like this pork blood rice pop! Or meet some local friends and have a pasta filled sandwich.

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All the while people watching and enjoying the view.

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Here the sunset is a must see.

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And on the way back into the city via the picturesque metro.

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