Part 2: Tamsui Market, Old street, Tamsui Customs Officers’ Residence, Fort San Domingo & Tamsui Wharf

As the gloomy weather started to steer off for a sunny day, we found ourselves enjoying the stroll along Damsui district. Before heading to our desired destination, we dropped by Yong He Dou Jiang at Xi Men Ding to fuel up. Ordering at Yong He Dou Jiang was kind of stressful because the menu was in chinese and we couldn’t read any of it. Luckily there was a tourist from Singapore who kindly helped us along the way.

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The famous Yong He Dou Jiang at Xi Men Ding
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Mantou with different flavours
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Salted soya bean for those with an acquired taste
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A peculiar taste

Going to Damsui was pretty easy using the MRT from Xi Men Ding with a change of line at SongShan station. As I have mentioned previously, taking the MRT for disabled passenger is really a breeze as signs were well planned and visible and the train platforms had no wide gap.

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Changing from songshan station to the tamsui-xinyi line
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Narrow gap in between the platform making it easier for wheelchair to pass through
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View from the train
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Finally at tamsui station!
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Colonial architecture
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Welcome to tamsui!

Along the way to Tamsui Old Street, there were many photo taking worthy areas so do take your time to enjoy the quiet lives of Tamsui away from the hustle bustle of Taipei city.

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We accidentally stumbled upon the market as we saw a large crowd gathering near the entrance of an alley. Little did we knew, the market inside gave off a different vibe. The air was permeated with the smell of fresh seafood, street food and many vendors yelling out their goods. It was literally a scene taken out from a movie.

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Fried chicken as large as a person’s face
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Fishballs were one of Damsui’s famous delicacies

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Crowded market with residents stocking up food for the day
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In the midst of the chaos

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The fried scallop and squid were so delicious and juicy!

After we devoured the food, we make our way to Tamsui old street. Basically both sides of the streets were selling Tamsui’s famous food like Castella cake, nougat, iron egg (which I didnt get to try) and souvenirs for you to bring back to Taipei. Honestly if we have bottomless stomach, we would probably try every of their delicacies.

Moving on, we decided to make a visit to Tamsui Custom Officers Residence by taking a little detour off road to Maxie street. We found a cafe named 光子豆豆 with its warm ambience and friendly owner. He took his time to introduce his signature drinks (we had brown sugar coffee latte and pumpkin soybean latte) and he took a couple of really nice photos for us. A must visit cafe when you are in Tamsui.

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The store front of 光子豆豆
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With mommy dearest 
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The cafe owner took a really nice photo of us in front of Mackay Hospital 
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With the friendly owner himself

If you follow the path along the cafe, you will find the famous landmarks of Tamsui where part of the journey consisted of a steep hike.

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Danshui church founded by Dr Mackay
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The steep hike on the way to Custom Officers’s Residence
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One of those days, I long for an electric scooter to bring me up
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Colourful painting to grace the steep hike
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The courtyard of Custom Officers’ Residence
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Picturesque walk to Fort San Domingo
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Part of the building of Althea University

Within 200 m walk from Althea University, you will see Fort San Domingo on your right. Upon entering I was greeted with yet another steep hike and I was adamant to just skip the place. But one of the staffs was kind enough to give us a buggy ride right up to the Fort! And the view was beautiful up there!

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Up in Fort San Domingo
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Perfect weather for a visit to Tamsui!
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View of the port from Fort San Domingo 
While heading back to the MRT station, we had a pleasant stroll along the Tamsui wharf with a special mention not to be missed green tea ice cream and quail eggs! And also Tamsui is famous for Ah Gei (stuffed tofu with glass noodle doused with a hearty dosing of sauce) so do not leave Tamsui without trying this.
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Along the way of Tamsui Custom Wharf

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A peaceful and calm district

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The stall that sells really good quail egg street food
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Famous for its ahgei! Not to be missed

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We spend half a day touring 40% of Tamsui and there were many other places we couldn’t cover due to time constraint. It’s advisable to stay one night in Tamsui if you really want to visit all the main attractions and to sample different Tamsui delicacies. All in all, Tamsui was very accessible and I didnt encounter much of a problem except for the steep hike.
Next up, the last part of the journey in Taipei!
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” 
― G.K.Chesterton
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