There are number of reason why Tamsui is often included as a must do day trip out of central Taipei. Apart from the easy access via MRT,to summarize, the main tourist draw of Tamsui is the view of the river, the mountain ranges from afar and if you are lucky, maybe a spot under a shade of tree for some quiet time.
The pedestrian shopping area by the riverbank known as the Old Street(Gongming Street) is usually the most crowded part of Tamsui. As the name suggest, the buildings along the street are preserved infrastructure, with some of them dating back the Spanish-Dutch colonial era. Nowadays, the Old street is a popular place to samples Taiwanese sweets and snacks.
If you ask me, the real charm of Tamsui lies at the parallel street across the waterfront area, where the magnificent wall ornaments and red-gold color dominated designs of two temples situated on the same roadside- Tamsui Longshan Temple & Tamsui Fuyou Temple can be found.
Tamsui is synonymous to the idea of a couple’s date, with the Fisherman’s Wharf as the main destination, sunset as the most recommended time and the aptly name and decorated Lover’s Bridge as the most favored spot.
Another option is to visit the wharf at night for a more comfortable stroll, just when the Lover’s Bridge is beautifully illuminated.