Dan Shui River
Dan Shui River
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Neighborhood: Tamsui / Bali District
The enchanting Tamsui Old Street boasts the most beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf sunset of Taiwan. There are also well-complimented delectable snacks such as Ah Gei (bean curd) and fish ball, etc. On Bali left bank, there is the Ferry Old Street and Wazihwei Nature Reserve. It is relaxing and comfortable whether by strolling or cruising through on a bike. Besides the bustling business district, Tamsui is also full of an old vintage flavor. From western architectural relics to residences dating back to Japanese rule, each with their respective features and great stories to tell. If you visit Tamsui in spring, the magnificent cherry blossoms of Tianyuan Palace are a must see. If you wish for further intimacy with nature, why not camp out for the night under the starry sky. The Bali culture park camping site offers round, transparent bubble tents. Experience the close, seamless connection to surrounding nature from within for an unforgettable memory.
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LazyRose
Alberta, Canada1,679 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
We came here on our first visit to Taipei a few years ago, and returned again this year in March. It was one of my fondest memories of Taipei, and I was eager to come back. The first time we came, we rented some bikes and spent the whole day trying the street food in the area and riding our bikes all the way down to the bridge. One of the big standouts here is that I, someone who doesn't really like squid, tried the fried squid here and actually loved it. Lots of the stalls here hand out free samples, so you can try a few before you order a little bucket at the stall you want. When I returned, I was not disappointed, the squid was still delicious. Whether you love squid or are on the fence about trying it, definitely try the fried squid here. It's cut up in a little bucket so it basically just looks like fried chicken (but it might be even tastier???) so that kinda cut out the ick factor for me.

This time we took the boat across to Bali and rented bikes again. I'm writing a separate review for that, but we did have a very enjoyable time there. The bike path was not as crowded as it is on the other side. There aren't as many historical buildings or interesting restaurants there, but there are nice parks and stuff you can ride through.

I definitely recommend coming here and renting some bikes to visit the area. We spent and entire day on our first visit here just riding around, people watching, and stopping for snacks or to take pictures. If you have kids, it's a nice park area too. Lots of Taiwanese people down here with their families.
Written August 14, 2017
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tigr3bianca
Dallas, TX17 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
Lots of street food but mostly selling the same things. Giant ice cream cones, fried milk (a must try), fried whole squid, sugar cane juice. Take a boat across the river to Bali on the other side or take a boat tour around the river. We only had time to go across to Bali. If you go to Bali, rent a bike as there is so much to explore and you will be tired by the time you get back on the boat.
Written January 4, 2017
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Aug 2017
Dan Shui River (sometimes spelled Tamsui) literally means "Freshwater River". It may well have been in the past, but unfortunately today it is anything but. It is polluted with raw sewage and industrial waste, and is the subject of a big clean up campaign by the Taiwan Central Government.

Despite this, it provides a pleasant place to walk and it is popular with locals who come here to watch the sunset.
Written August 19, 2017
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fojemma
Singapore, Singapore26 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
I found the Danshui area the perfect balance of food, scenery and shopping that you find in any Taipei trip. The Old street had not much of a stand out but one major difference was that it was much less crowded than other streets, which I appreciated.

Taking a boat to the Fishermans Wharf was totally worth it, the sunset at the end was beautiful and there weren't 1000 other people fighting for a shot. Many photo opps for people of all ages.

Transport to Danshui is worth the effort via bus/MRT.
Written August 5, 2017
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Bunburyoz
Melbourne, Australia575 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
I am visiting my friend in Taipei and have that wonderful advantage of being with a local. This happy arrangement does rather put the onus on him as my guide but means that I have a far more interesting and authentic experience than I would otherwise.

We catch the very efficient MRT to Tansui and get a taxi to the Fort only to discover that it is closed the first Monday of every month - and of course that's today. But we look around the district a little and then head to the harbour area.

Here there is a while beachfront of ships selling predominately food and souvenirs of various description. Food is everywhere in Taiwan and the Taiwanese seem to be eating all the time. Place after place is packed so they have to be doing something right.

My friend and I amble along and grab an ice cream cone as we go. The trick here amongst the vendors is to tower the ice cream up as high as they can. The trick for the happy eater is not to end up covered in ice cream as it quickly melts in the heat. It's a fun competition.

Various ferries are coming and going and for a small charge we take one to another, nearer area. It is worth doing this just for a change of locale. As we get off I spy a gift shop selling Indigenous hand crafts. This is well worth a visit as the items are really beautiful and very fairly priced.

Catching another ferry back we continue our stroll along the beachfront and it's then that my friend suggests we eat a 'snack'. It's late afternoon and so we head into a cafe selling a very popular local delicacy. In all we end up snacking on five or six local dishes from various stalls. It's great fun and helps me get to know this lovely place even better.

So with full stomachs (no need for dinner!), a clutch of Indigenous Christmas gifts and some great photos it's back on the MRT and home.

The perfect afternoon trip.
Written November 7, 2016
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Eeyanc
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia65 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Spending half day at Tamsui river was quite enough for me. We walked the streets and had some street foods, As well, we rented a bicycle to cycle to Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf. You can either rent Ubike (using ez card) or there is a rent bicycle tent nearby the station (it seem more cheaper than Ubike, not too sure).

It's very convenience where you can take mrt (tamsui line) to Tamsui River. The journey was little too far from city (I started from Ximen station).

It's very suitable for family, couples to travel around here. Saw many students hang around this area (not sure after / before school).
Written May 17, 2016
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IveeLim
372 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
Take metro to danshui station. From the bus station nearby bus R26 goes to historical sites and the fisherman's wharf too. Behind the Main Street facing the waterfront, there are smaller streets selling similar things worth exploring. Can also take a short ferry ride to Bali opposite danshui. We went on a weekday and the stalls at Bali were mostly not open.
Written February 25, 2016
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Jo C
Singapore, Singapore47 contributions
Nov 2019
We started cycling from Yongfu bridge. There's a bike rental shop there. Cycled around 30km along the river towards Beitou, and saw the view change from river, to mangrove swamp, to factories, to the East China sea. Highly recommended to experience a different side of Taipei.
Written November 5, 2019
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Pat P
Hsinchu, Taiwan147 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
This location is right along the river with lots of places to eat snacks (everything on a stick), a little shopping, stroll along the river, take a ferry ride, ride a bike, or sip some coffee while enjoying the views. It’s a fun place at night too! Easy access from the MRT.
Written April 4, 2019
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teh s
68 contributions
Dec 2018
This used to be a mangrove swamp but they built the ramp so that it become a wharf with shops selling fried seafood and many delicacies. My boy loves the Turkish ice cream where they will perform trick on you before giving you the ice cream. Take the ferry to cruise over to Bali Bank for wonderful bicycle rides.
Written January 1, 2019
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