Tamsui

The next day we visited Tamsui (Fresh Water, 淡水) the sea-side district to the NW of New Taipei City. This is similar to Toronto’s Harbourfront, with many shops and full of tourists on weekends. Or like Scarborough Bluffs with its board walks. Many also bike along the waterfront bicycle paths. A good place to take your family for an outing or just a leisurely stroll.

Street performer "sitting" in this posture with no visible means of support. Seat hiding inside his pants?

Street performer “sitting” in this posture with no visible means of support. Seat hiding inside his pants?

Gold Coast, fronting Tamsui River and Taiwan Strait

Gold Coast, fronting Tamsui River and Taiwan Strait

Foot tall soft ice cream. Got to have steady hands when you eat.

Foot tall soft ice cream. Got to have steady hands when you eat.

Seafood restaurants along the waterfront, similar to Saigon in Hong Kong

Seafood restaurants along the waterfront, similar to Saigon in Hong Kong

Ferries take you across to Fisherman's Wharf, or Bali

Ferries take you across to Fisherman’s Wharf, or Bali

George Mackay, a Canadian missionary doctor went to Taiwan when he was 28.

George Mackay, a Canadian missionary doctor went to Taiwan when he was 28.

Mackay founded many church and is widely recognized as one of the most influential missionary to Taiwan. He died in Taiwan at age 57.

Mackay founded many church and is widely recognized as one of the most influential missionary to Taiwan. He died in Taiwan at age 57.

Tamsui Old Street, with many interesting eateries

Tamsui Old Street, with many interesting eateries

Fisherman's Wharf, a renovated, very clean tourist attraction

Fisherman’s Wharf, a renovated, very clean tourist attraction

Lover's Bridge, where many gather to watch the sunset

Lover’s Bridge, where many gather to watch the sunset

Crossing the bridge to the former fish market

Crossing the bridge to the former fish market

You can no longer buy fresh seafood at the "fish" market, only packaged delicacies.

You can no longer buy fresh seafood at the “fish” market, only packaged delicacies.

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