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Tour Code: SHCT-003 One day small town story tour--Tamsui

Itinerary: About 10:40 pick up from you Taibei hotel ahead to the famous small city Tamsui, travel around Tamsui Longshan Temple, Fort San Domingo, Tamsui Old Street and waterfront, Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf , Little White House and so on. After dinner, come back to Taibei city, visit the most popular Shilin Night Market.

Description of Tamsui

  • Tamsui 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 is still popular with visitors from Taipei and boasts many historical attractions, and is a popular location for viewing the sunset. The town calls itself by the English name "Tamsui" comes from the town's name in the Taiwanese language. Tamsui is located near the outlet of the Tamsui (Danshui) River into the Taiwan Strait. Originally home to Formosan indigenous peoples, Tamsui was next settled by the Spanish in 1629 as the town and mission of San 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, Tamsui continued to grow, becoming the largest port in Taiwan by the 19th century. By the 20th century, accumulation of silt in the river forced most port operations to move further north to Keelung. Due to its close proximity to Taipei City, Tamsui has become a favorite destination for city dwellers to take a stroll and enjoy a coffee along the riverside. The main scenic spot in Tamsui included: Tamsui Longshan Temple, Fort San Domingo, Tamsui Old Street and waterfront, Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf , Little White House and so on.

Detail of itinerary:

Tamsui Longshan Temple Longshan Temple, a grade-3 national historical site is hidden midst the noisy marketplace on Old Street and has retained its history and rustic charm. The towering exterior of the temple with its vivid and simple convergence and stone sculpture, wood carving and god statue detail is worthy of careful admiration.

Fort San Domingo : Hongmao Castle (Fort San Domingo) was constructed by the Dutch as 'Fort Anthonio' in 1641, and gained its present name in reference to the red-haired Dutch. The compound also served as the British Consulate in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It enjoys commanding views over the mouth of the Tamsui (Danshui) River. Address: 1, Lane 28 Zhongzheng Road, Danshui. MRT to Danshui Station (Danshui line), shuttle bus red 26 to castle.

Tamsui Old Street and waterfront : YLocated along the Tamsui (Danshui) River, this pedestrian shopping area offers tourists a wide selection of restaurants, arcades, and stores specializing in traditional handicrafts. Visitors can sample Tamsui's local specialties: A-Gei (crystal noodles stuffed in fried bean curd, served with a mild hot sauce), fish ball soup, and "iron eggs" (eggs which have been stewed in a mix of herbs and spices until pickled). The area is located right outside the north side of the MRT Danshui Station and stretches north to the ferry docks. Do try the food vendors which are located up and down the strip.

Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf is located further downstream from the town itself and offers a boardwalk, chic coffee shops and food windows, and some seafood restaurants with prices that the average local would consider outrageous (but may seem reasonable to visitors from Western countries). Fisherman's Wharf is also a departure point for tourist boats traveling along Taiwan's scenic northeast coast. The "Lover's Bridge", a single slanted tower cable stay pedestrian bridge, that is modeled after a sailing ship's mast and rigging, spans the harbor. The bridge's illumination changes color at night, making this area a favorite with local couples and romantics, and is also a popular site for shooting Taiwanese drama serials. Outdoor concerts are sometimes held in the amphitheater, and some of the restaurants feature live music at times.

Little White House (Former Tamsui Customs Officer’s Residence): The Little White House, Former Tamsui Customs Officer’s Residence, residence of Tamsui Tax Division, is a Spanish corridor-style architecture with pastel tiles and white walls that exudes an air of the sunny Mediterranean, hence its reputable name. Little White House provides an exceptional view that overlooks the Tamsui River, and at dusk, the blooming blend of orange, yellow and gold colors of the sunset on the white walls further add another touch of flavor.

Shilin Night Market The Shilin Night Market is one of the well-organized and most popular night markets. The market is centered on Yangming Theater and Cicheng Temple. The night market is formed by many prosperous shops on Wenlin Road, Dadong Road and Danan Road, etc. Among them, Shilin Market was built as early as in 1899 and the market is famous for various snacks and eatery. Many visitors have come to Shilin Night Market to enjoy the delicious foods, such as large pancake enfolding small pancake, hot pot on stone or Shilin sausage. Shilin Night Market has become a renowned place for great foods.

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Tour Styles

Service level: Comfort

Physical demand:

Group size:4 - 6 persons

Transportation type: Taxi

Tour Schedule

10:40 Departure from your hotel

12:00  Tamsui

13:30 : Lunch

17:30 Shilin Night Market

19:00 : Back your hotel

Details

  • Availability:Every Day
  • Includes :English speaking guide, private transfer, simple lunch, entrance fee for spots
  • Excludes: Tips for guide and driver, other private cost
  • Book 7 days in advance is better
  • Cancellation policy:3 days in advance