Compares to Taipei, Tamsui might be just a small city. But its Tamsui Old Street is so famous it becomes one of the most visited attraction in the country. Tamsui Old Street stretches along scenic riverfront of Tamsui making it a perfect place to enjoy a leisure walk in the afternoon. Tamsui Old Street is one huge entertainment district with shops, cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls. In the afternoon people will flocks to the waterfront to view the beautiful sunset over the Tamsui River.
Immerse in The Vibrant Atmosphere of Tamsui Old Street
Hop on a ferry boat and enjoy a cruise along Tamsui River. There are over 6 ferries route passing the river, you can take a ferry boat from any of these piers and wharves: Tamsui Ferry Pier – Bali, Tamsui Pier – Fisherman's Wharf, Fisherman's Wharf – Bali, Tamsui Pier – Bali, Fisherman's Wharf – Guandu Bridge, Guandu Pier – Tamsui Pier – Tamsui Pier – Fisherman's Wharf. You might even get to see the most spectacular and romantic sunset during your cruise. Just get your camera ready for the moment!
Take a ferry boat from the Tamsui Old Street to Fisherman's Wharf, another great place to wander around. The wharf boast numerous interesting attractions, such as the iconic The Lover's Bridge that was inaugurated on February 14th 2003 in Valentine's Day. Fisherman's Wharf is also a harbor for private yachts. You can rent one if you're planning to have some yacht parties going in the middle of the river
Fort San Domingo
Built by Spanish troops in 1628, the Fort San Domingo have watched many periods come and go. The sturdy fort was built and ruled by different governments from various countries over 300 years span. There are 9 flags placed in front of the fort to represent 9 rulers of the fort in the past: Spain, Koxinga Era from Ming Dynasty, Netherlands, America, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and the ROC Taiwan.
Former British Consular Residence
You will quickly notice the building of Former British Consular Residence as it is the only red-brick Western structure in the area. The building was constructed in Victorian British Style by Chinese craftsmen using materials sourced from China including the red bricks and its tiled Min-Nan roof. Entering inside, the visitors will be welcomed with elegant Victoria-esque rooms displaying various furnitures and furnaces all are arranged to imitate the furniture layout during Victorian era.
While you're exploring the nearby area of Tamsui Old Street, be sure to drop by in Mackay Trail. George Leslie Mackay was a Canadian presbysterian missionary whom have contributed to the Taiwanese society by established the Tamsui Church and the Hobe Mackay Hospital. That is why George Leslie Mackay was deeply respected by the Taiwanese, moreover by people who lives in Tamsui. You can see his statues in different locations in Tamsui. The first one is around Mackay Street and the second one is located on the Tamsui Riverbank, which was his landing spot when he arrived in Tamsui.
If you're looking for the real “Tamsui Old Street”, you should visit Chongjian Street. Compares to the former and also the most commercialized one, Chongjian Street is dotted with numerous old buildings and it is also much quieter. While it might looks like a peaceful countryside, Chongjian Street was used to be a hustling city of Tamsui.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't need to pay any fees if you're only walk around Tamsui Old Street. However, you do have to pay if you are going to shop or renting a ferry boat.
How To Get Around?
The easiest way to get around from Tamsui Old Street to other wharves and piers is by taking a ferry ride.
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Best Time to Visit
Tamsui Old Street is at its liveliest in the afternoon, when the weather is much cooler and tourists are flocking to the riverbank to view sunset. If you are looking for a perfect timing, go to Tamsui Old Street in around 03:00 PM or 05:00 PM so you'll have enough time to find a perfect spot.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need about Tamsui Old Market can be found in this website.
How To Get There?
The only way to get to Tamsui Old Street is by taking an MRT Red Line to the Tamsui's northern terminus station. You only need to follow the waterpark to reach the Tamsui Old Street.
If you are going to pair your visit to Tamsui Old Street with Jiufen, it is best to arrange separate itineraries for the two.