Taipei – Tamsui

After breakfast, we start heading to Tamsui to visit the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf & Tamsui Old Street.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Tamsui Station.
  • Total travel time is about 37mins.

Once we reach Tamsui, let’s go and eat 阿给 at one of the famous stall ( 淡水老牌阿給 ).

  • About 1.1km (15mins walk) from Tamsui MRT Station.
  • Take bus no. Red 26 & alight at 重建街口 ,3 stops away & walk about 210m (4mins ).
    淡水老牌阿給 opens daily from 05:00 to 15:00.

After eating 阿给 , we walk to Aletheia University 真理大學 to take a look.

  • About 350 m (4 mins walk) from 淡水老牌阿給 .

From Aletheia University, we walk to Fort San Domingo 紅毛城 .

  • About 300m (4mins walk) from Aletheia University.

Next, we sproceed to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf for sightseeing, etc.

  • Take bus no. Red 26 from 紅毛城(真理大學) to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Total travel time is about 36 mins.

From Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, we take a ferry back to Tamsui.

  • Via Ferry
  • Total travel time is about 15 to 15mins.
  • Via bus No. Red 26
  • Total travel time is about 43mins.

Next, we go to Tamsui Old Street for eating.
From Tamsui Old Street, we go around the Beitou Hot Springs area for a walk. There is a historic museum, library, Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley etc. in the area.

  • Take MRT from Tamsui MRT Station to Xinbeitou MRT Station.
  • Total travel time is about 21mins.

From Xinbeitou, we go to the famous Shilin Night Market for shopping & eating.

  • Take MRT from Xinbeitou Station to Jiantan Station.
  • Total travel time is about 18mins.

We go back to our hotel after Shilin Night Market.

  • Take MRT from Jiantan Station to Taipei Main Station.
  • Total travel time is about 9mins.

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Aletheia University 真理大學
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 (Weekdays)
Address: No. 32, Zhenli Street, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station

Originally founded as Oxford College in 1882, Aletheia University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Taiwan. The Oxford College is renowned for its unusual mixing of Eastern & Western elements. One such example is the pinnacle of the chapel in a Chinese style four-section compound. This building is open to visitors on weekdays from 10:00 to 16:00.

Fort San Domingo 紅毛城
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 17:00 (Mondays to Fridays); 09:30 to 18:00 (Saturdays to Sundays)
Closed on 1st Monday of the month (of the following day if Monday is a public holiday), Chinese New Year’s Eve, and Chinese New Year’s Day (as well as other particular days announced separately)
Address: No. 1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station
Located at the hilltop that affords a picturesque view of where Tamsui River meets the Pacific Ocean, the present site of Fort San Domingo is named after the first fort built by the Spanish in 1628. It was torn down by the Spanish before the Dutch expelled them from Tamsui in 1642. It was later refurbished by the British as a consulate office after 1863.
Next to the fort stands another feature of the site, the former British Consular Residence. Built in the late 19th century, this elegant Victorian house incorporates some Chinese elements and now serves as a museum to showcase what the life of a consul might have been like. Besides these 2 buildings, there is also a lookout to view the beautiful Guanyin Mountain ( 觀音山 )bordered by the Tamsui River.

Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭
Opening Hours: All day
Address: 1F, No. 199, Guanhai Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station
One of the most famous locations in Taiwan, the Tamsui’s Fisherman’s Wharf is well known for its beautiful sunsets, seafood. At night the Lover Bridge of Tamsui illuminates a wide variety of colours.

Tamsui Old Street 淡水老街
Opening Hours: All day
Address: Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Tamsui Station
Tamsui Old Street is a boardwalk, area full of shops, carnival games, restaurants, cafes and street food. Famous for the tiny Ïron Eggs 阿婆铁蛋 , and also for its fried toufu filled with glass noodles ( 阿给 ). Most shops are open between 11:00 to 19:00.

Thermal Valley 地熱谷
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Address: Zhongshan Road, Near the entrance of Wenquan Road, Beitou District, New Taipei City 112, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Xinbeitou Station
Located beside the Beitou Hot Spring Park, Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost Lake”. With its surreal sulfuric atmosphere, it was considered one of the 12 great sights of Taiwan during the Japanese Occupation.

Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 02:00
Address: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, New Taipei City 111, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Nearest MRT: Jiantan Station
Shilin Night Market is one of the largest, most popular night markets in Taiwan with regards to food and also one of the most popular points of Taipei’s night life among visitors. The maze of alleyways is filled with a variety of local, traditional and international merchandise that attract both locals and tourists.

Here are some photographs taken while we are in Taipei.