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Danshui (Tamsui)
Danshui (Tamsui)

Danshui (Tamsui)

No. 22, Bitou St., Tamsui Dist

The Basics

One of the most impressive remnants of Danshui’s colonial days is the Hongmao Castle, also called Fort San Domingo. The structure briefly served as the British Consulate before being returned to Taiwan in 1980. After you’ve visited the castle, spend the rest of your time in Danshui wandering through the waterfront area and Old Street. It is here you’ll find a majority of the city’s famous seafood restaurants and traditional handicraft shops. As the sun sets, head down to Fisherman’s Wharf to watch with views of Lover’s Bridge, the large pedestrian bridge that spans the harbor.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Danshui is one of the best day trip options from Taipei.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t forget your camera; Danshui has plenty of photo ops.
  • It takes about 40 minutes to get to Danshui from central Taipei.
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How to Get There

To get to Danshui, take the MRT Red Line to Tamsui Station, the northernmost station on the line. After you exit, walk along the waterfront until you reach Danshui’s Old Street (Dan Shui Lao Jie).

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When to Get There

Plan to spend at least half a day exploring Danshui from Taipei. The best season to visit is between March and May, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall less likely. Avoid visiting on national holidays.

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What to Eat in Danshui Danshui is best known for its seafood restaurants, and there are several local specialties you should try during your visit. Fish ball soup comprises a light broth with fish meatballs and garlic and is one of the most popular dishes in town. Other common dishes include A-Gei (deep fried tofu stuffed with noodles and fish paste) and iron eggs, a spiced and dehydrated egg.

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