Tamsui District (Chinese: 淡水區, formerly Tamshui Township) is a sea-side district in New Taipei
City in northern Taiwan
(ROC). It is named after the Tamsui River
; the name means "fresh water". The town is popular as a site for viewing the sun setting into the Taiwan Strait
. Though modest in size (population 130,105), the district is home to three universities (Aletheia University, Tamkang University, and St. John's University) and has a large role in Taiwanese culture.
Originally settled by the Ketagalan aborigines, the location was called Hoba, meaning "stream's mouth". Hoba was loaned into Taiwanese as Hō͘ -bé (滬尾). Historical records in English may refer to the place as "Hobe". The Spanish arrived in the 17th century and called this place Casidor and the Tamsui River Kimalon. Until the 25 December 2010 creation of New Taipei, Tamsui was an urban township (淡水鎮; Tām-súi-tìn; Postal map spelling: Tamsui) in the former Taipei County. The name "Danshui," formerly used by the Taiwan government, Taipei Metro, and other sources, is based on the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, using the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration system. Meanwhile, the name "Tamsui" is based on the Taiwanese language pronunciation. Having long used "Tamsui" as the official English name, the local government of the district informed the national government in 2011 that "Tamsui" rather than "Danshui" should be used in English.
Following the end of World
War II, Tamsui reverted to being a small fishing town. With the expansion of nearby Taipei City, Tamsui slowly became a center for tourism along Taiwan's northwest coast. In the last ten years, the city has become popular as a suburb of Taipei in the local real estate market.
Following the completion of the Taipei Metro's Tamsui Line in 1997, the town experienced a sharp increase in tourist traffic, reflected in the completion of several riverside parks, the growth of open-air markets specializing in traditional handicrafts and street-stall snacks, the construction of a fisherman's wharf, and the increase in passenger ferries traversing across and along the river.
Fort Santo Domingo
Teng Feng Fish Ball Museum