Tamsui is at the last MRT Red Line stop to the north. It is a major player in Taiwan’s history and a super popular weekend day-trip for Taipei urbanites. It is a university town, with three colleges versus a population of 150,000. Its location on a natural harbor led to its importance as a major fishing and trading port. However, the harbor gradually silted and lost its dominance by the late 1800’s. It became a sleepy agricultural town until the MRT was completed in 1996. Today the major industry is tourism.
Tamsui is chock-full of history and is a beautifully preserved town from the 1800’s. Here’s some of my favorite views of Tamsui. I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon exploring its charms.