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Danshuei Old Street

Danshuei used to be called Huwei. It is a derivation from the ancient tongue Hoba. It means the river outlet. Danshuei is located in northwest of Taipei basin. Danshuei is surrounded by mountains and rivers and the scenery is beautiful. Hongmau Castle is a historical site in Danshuei with historical meaning. It was built by the Spaniards in 1626 and restored by the Dutch. The castle was called Anthony Castle. Because Taiwan people called the Dutch people Hongmau (people with red hair), the castle thus was called Hongmau Castle. It was also called Huwei Castle. The castle was once taken by the English and it was returned to our country in 1980. The castle is more than 300 years old and is designated as 1st class historical site. The building is red brick construction. The original furniture is reserved for indoor decoration.

There are exhibition showrooms for historical data and pictures related to early Taiwan years. Across the lawn and garden, there is another red brick building facing the castle. It used to be the dormitory of British Consulate. When one ascends to the overlook platform, one can view one of the eight great scenes of Danshuei, the sunset at Shutai. Nearby there are Old Oxford School, Residence of Dr. Mackay and Danshuei College.

These old buildings are mostly well preserved. When one walks among these buildings, he (she) would feel that times have turned back. One can enjoy the old streets, the cool breeze, the flower/trees planted by residents and the sense of relaxation. Walking on the old streets along the riverbank, visitors may view the old buildings and may try the tasty local dishes, such as fish dumplings, Argi (fried meat pastry) and hard eggs, etc.

The dock is a good place for marvelous sunset viewing. Visitors can also take the boat ride between Danshuei and Bali. Anyone would love to watch the flying cranes and listen to the river flowing. At Bali, they have this famous dish from peacock clams. Danshuei is such a wonderful place and be sure to visit it.

Danshuei Township, Taipei County

Public: Take MRT Sindian-Danshuei Line and get off at Danshuei Station.

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