Danshui, Biking, and Sunset
Sometimes you wonder if there’s anything worthwhile in the city you live in, a.k.a. new places to go, new things to do, or even new movies to watch. For a person that has resided in Taipei for the mostpart of my life, it wasn’t until today that I’ve realized there’s a lot more to this place.
The place I’m talking about is Danshui. For me, Danshui (or Tamsui for readers who are older) has never been on my list of “places worthy of visiting.” In the good old days, I had no real reason to go out there – with the exception of visiting a relative who lived there in a house with a swimming pool.
This time, I had to go because it was a company outing (for my division). So after taking the MRT to Danshui Station, I walked into the summer heat with a bottle of water in my oversized pocket and a bag carrying my camera on my back. Well, it was much more beautiful than I’ve expected.
For someone who doesn’t ride a bike, the attraction of the riverside isn’t all that great. Unfortunately, out of the whole group, I was one out of two who don’t know how to ride a bike. Fortunately, some of the riders were kind enough to volunteer to act as nannies and offered to ride a four-wheel bike with us. Their kindness allows me to paddle away while keeping my camera handy to take some wonderful pictures of the area.
So without much ado, here’s what I’ve managed to capture on photo:
Here’s the “Old Street” of Danshui Town. There are many shops that sell goods dating back to our early childhood:
Here’s a look at the shops:
Here’s my favorite: old-style sodapop!
Took this shot as the store owner prepares the snack and puts them onto the sampler plate:
After a nice walk, our group boarded the ferry:
Bikers traveling along the riverside bike lanes on the Bali side:
Now, take a look at the bike I get to ride:
So after riding the bike for a good 30 minutes or so, we reached our final destination: the Xishanhan Musuem:
The best part of the trip: a bowl of shaved ice with strawberry and other goodies to cool off some sweat:
Now, on the way back, I saw this lamp post sticking out next to the dock:
and here’s the famous twilight view:
So here’s some of the impressions that I found at some of these scenic spots in the Danshui area.
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