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Tamsui Bicycle Tour

sunny 23 °C

Tamsui also known as Dansui is a beautiful river city north of Taipei and accessible by the Taipei Metro. The reason why I visited Tamsui was to venture into a brief bicycle tour of the city to experience some of the historical spots and to get some taste of local food. Renting a bicycle in Tamsui was inexpensive which costs NTD 150 only for a day. The bike tour started right from the shop I rented the bicycle which was adjacent to the Tamsui Old Street commercial area. From the Tamsui Old Street, the awesome Dansui River can be seen from here. The large open space between the Tamsui Old Street and the Dansui River was just spectacular, breathtaking and marvellous. The long stretched of walkways and the bicycle lane was located right at the edge of the riverside in which the Tamsui Water Ferry Terminal was located in the middle of the long walkways and bike lane. This ferry terminal provide services to the other side of the city known as Bali island as well as serving the route to The Fisherman Wharf for a leisure cruise, which can be also accessible by car and bicycle. My first stop was to sample some local Tamsui delicacies which was the grilled boneless chicken wing stuffed with specially cooked rice. The vendor of this grilled chicken wings was rather friendly and asked to have photos taken of him serving the specially grilled chicken wings which I adhered to. I have heard friends saying that Taiwanese can be very warm and nice and this encounter really proof what has been said. Moving on, the bike journey continue on through the side of the Dansui River bike lane passing through the Tamsui Water Ferry Terminal and Starbucks Coffee. There was an area covered with trees which shelter the place from the hot yet pleasant morning sun, which had a brief stop to taste the grilled boneless chicken wing. It was such a delicious snack and its also distinctive and worth a try if you visit Tamsui. Continuing the journey, I reached the Tamsui Customs Wharf, which was a single storey building built with red bricks. Not far from here was where the historical Fort San Domingo was located at the edge of the hill opposite Dansui River. I had to park the bike at the bicycle parking area and walk opposite the road to head up to the hilly terrain to reach Fort San Domingo. Fort San Domingo was originally built by the Spanish and later taken over by the British. The fort was a red coloured structure which considered mid in size with a small courtyard, few small rooms and a kitchen. Next to Fort San Domingo was the Red House resembled an English style mansion, uniquely and distinctively in its style and design on the exterior. The interior of the Red House has a very strong English presence and hugely designed to that of the British touch. There was a a living hall and dining hall on the ground floor of the Red House fully equipped with furniture and fittings and a curvy staircase leading to the first floor of the house. There was a reading room on the first floor of the house and long corridors leading to several rooms. The first floor of this Red House has a very nice and breathtaking view of the Dansui River due to its location which was on a hill. From Fort San Domingo and Red House, the journey continues further up and came to the Aletheia University and Oxford College. The Aletheia University and Oxford College located adjacent to each other separated by a garden in between the 2 academic buildings. The garden itself was of great admiration which has a pond and has a beautiful landscape. Walking from Aletheia University and Oxford College, I reached the Tamsui Girl School and the Tamkang High School which located side by side and the building of these schools were unique in accordance to the British style of architecture. Walking on a downhill road opposite Tamkang High School was the Tamsui Historical Museum a single storey building in white. From here, returned to take the bike and cycle through the same route to Tamsui Old Street to savour some local and Taiwanese flavour food and dessert including the stinky tofu, grilled squid, the jumbo ice cream which was a tall ice cream (nice) and to purchase the iron egg, a specially fermented mini egg in various flavour unique only to Tamsui.

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Tamsui Map

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Tamsui Metro Station

A VIEW OF TAMSUI CITY
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A bicycle shop at Tamsui

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This bike for Tamsui bicycle tour

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Tamsui Old Street

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Ready for Tamsui bike tour

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Road signage at the Dansui River walkways/bike lane

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The Dansui River bike lane at Tamsui

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Dansui River at Tamsui

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The grilled boneless chicken wing at Tamsui

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The vendor of the grilled boneless chicken wing at Tamsui

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Tamsui Water Ferry Terminal

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The Tamsui Water Ferry Terminal ticket station

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Tamsui Starbucks Coffee

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Have a brief bike break at Tamsui

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For this

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This way to Fort San Domingo at Tamsui

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Tamsui Customs Wharf

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Coming out from Tamsui Customs Wharf where the bike being parked

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And heading up the hill to Fort San Domingo

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The hilly terrain leading to Fort San Domingo

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Reaching Fort San Domingo

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Fort San Domingo

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Dansui River view from Fort San Domingo

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Exterior of the kitchen at Fort San Domingo

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A small room at Fort San Domingo

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A view from the courtyard of Fort San Domingo

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The entrance door to Fort San Domingo

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A replica of Fort San Domingo

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The small courtyard at Fort San Domingo

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The interior kitchen of Fort San Domingo

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The side view of Fort San Domingo

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The Red House next to Fort San Domingo

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The Red House @ Fort San Domingo

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The entrance to the Red House @ Fort San Domingo

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Living hall of Red House @ Fort San Domingo

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The staircase of Red House @ Fort San Domingo

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Reading room of Red House @ Fort San Domingo

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The corridors of the rooms of Red House @ Fort San Domingo

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A room of Red House @ Fort San Domingo

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The room at Red House that overlook Dansui River

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Aletheia University, Tamsui

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The garden that separates Aletheia University and Oxford College

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Tamsui Girl School

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The Dr.George William Mackay Memorial Park between Tamsui Girl School and Tamkang High School

THE HISTORICAL BUILDINGS WITHIN DR GEORGE WILLIAM MACKAY MEMORIAL PARK BETWEEN TAMSUI GIRL SCHOOL & TAMKANG HIGH SCHOOL
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TAMKANG HIGH SCHOOL, TAMSUI
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Enjoy a jumbo ice cream after the bike tour at Tamsui

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Squid vendor at Tamsui

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Tamsui Specials, The Iron Egg

Posted by kidd27 11:58 Archived in Taiwan

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