A weekend activity for Taipei residents may include a trip to Tamsui, a river town north of the city. Out here you’re free of the city congestion and given a view of the river that cuts through the city. And during late evening, you’re presented with a beautiful view of the sunset. I figure that’s what most of the locals are here for, in addition to the eating. That’s not to say this wasn’t a touristy town. It was and you’ll be able to pick them out from the crowds. Though I think less than the Shilin night market crowd. But you’ll get over that exploring.
The first road we got pulled into was Gongming Street. A street lined with food vendors and where the large crowds congregated. I was like the main artery starting at the MRT. Once we got enough of our fill of squeezing by people we made out way to the river bank. About the same amount of people but more room. There were vendors along this side, but it was mainly small stores and restaurants. We walked all the way up to a small inlet where an artist was painting for his spectators. Almost seemed like a regular occurrence on a Saturday afternoon. That was, performers within busy areas. It’s like moths to a light. They come out in groves.
Anyways, we made our way toward the city where there were less people. The streets here were less crowded and we found a nice church and museum to discover. Within a few hours we ended our trip with a nice (an cheap!) foot massage before getting back on the MRT.
There were several things we missed on this visit, mainly the Fisherman’s Wharf. It was further up and a hike we weren’t in the mood to make. I’ll have to visit it another time.