Taiwan: Tamsui, Fisherman’s Wharf & Fort San Domingo

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Tamsui, located on the northwestern coast of Taipei, is famous for its sunset view. Tamsui, sits at the mouth of Tamsui River, means fresh water in Chinese. Tamsui is readily available from Taipei via MRT. Tamsui old street is filled with restaurants, cafes, shops, carnival games, and hawkers. Tamsui is also filled with many historical relics as Northern Taiwan used to be colonized by Spaniards, then Qing Dynasty and Japanese colonized the entire Taiwan.

Tamsui is famous for its amazing sunset view

Tamsui is famous for its amazing sunset view

Streets of Tamsui are filled with street food, restaurants, and shops

Streets of Tamsui are filled with street food, restaurants, and shops

On the waterfront promenade in Tamsui, you can see street performers here and there

On the waterfront promenade in Tamsui, you can see street performers here and there

Part of the promenade is covered by tree shades

Part of the promenade is covered by tree shades

Close to Tamsui old street on the north is Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf. You can take a drive there, take a bus there, or a more popular way is to take a short 10 minutes ferry there. Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is also famous for its sunset view, the Lover’s Bridge, and seafood. At night, Lover’s Bridge is lit with different colors that change every few seconds. Besides Fisherman’s Wharf, you can also take a ferry from Tamsui across Tamsui River to the opposite bank, Bali. Bali is also a waterfront leisure area like Tamsui but it has a beach and a riverfront bike trail.

Lover Bridge of Tamsui

Lover Bridge of Tamsui

Lover Bridge changes color at night

Lover Bridge changes color at night

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Fort San Domingo sits on a hill at the northern end of Tamsui Old Street. Fort San Domingo was built by the Spaniards in 1634 during their occupation of Northern Taiwan. The Spaniards burned the fort down when they got expelled by the Dutch, ruling government of Taiwan at the time. The Dutch, later on, built Fort Antonio in 1644. In Chinese, Fort San Domingo is called Hongmao Chen which means Red hair Castle after the locals described the red-haired Dutch. After the second Opium War, the British claimed the fort from Qing in 1868 and used it as a trade consulate until 1980.

Fort San Domingo

Fort San Domingo

That’s it for today’s post about Taiwan, stay tuned for more!

Your boy,

-Chuck

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