Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Dadaocheng Wharf, Datong, Taipei

3/12/2013 Taiwan Explorer

The Dadaocheng Wharf 大稻埕碼頭 (sometimes also spelled as Tataocheng Wharf) in Taipei's Datong District is one of Taipei's old harbors, which flourished in the second part of the 19th century, because it connected Tataocheng, an old part of Taipei famous for trade with tea, with other important commercial centers in the region, such as Hong Kong (source). After the railway connection with Keelung was completed in 1891 (source), Dadaocheng's Wharf lost importance in the early 20th century, and has remained in decay most of that period. A few years ago the Taipei City government decided to restore the area's former glory. A park and bicycle routes were laid out in 2005, and locals began to rediscover this part of the Old Taipei once again (source).

The best way to visit the wharf

If you want to visit the Dadaocheng Wharf, I recommend you to go to Daqiaotou MRT Station and go out at Exit 1. Cross the busy road and then turn right. Walk straight for a while and go up to the Taipei Bridge. From there you'll have a nice view over the wharf, but you will also be able to see Xinzhuang, Sanchong, and parts of Banciao. You can take some great photos from that spot. After that you can walk down to the river along the bicycle route and slowly approach the wharf's central part.

Here are my photos of the Dadaocheng Wharf from December 2012:

This is a photo of Tataocheng taken from the Taipei bridge.

This is the path down to the river side park.

A small temple surrounded with thick trees offered elders shelter from the hot sun.

Left the bike lanes, right pedestrian way.

It would be great to see more trees here.

A look back at the Taipei Bridge.

Banciao's Neo Sky Dome in the distance.

This is closer to the central part of the wharf.

Another small temple for the older residents.

Lots of trees offer shadow here.

Crossing a small overpass.

A small pier with docked ships.

The central part of the Dadaocheng Wharf.

This gate allows cars and scooters inside - a very Taiwanese solution.

A nicely paved area.

This is where bikers take a rest.

A local enjoying the beautiful view.

Dog on a bike - no rarity in Taipei.

This part is more like an old park full of thick trees... and a temple.

There is sadly a lot of concrete in the park as well.

The road to Wanhua.

A big parking space for the less active citizens.

This is the entrance to the wharf as seen from the old Guide Street.

The Dadaocheng Wharf is the perfect getaway for those travelers, who want to take a break from the usual hustle and bustle of central Taipei. The area is also great for those, who have to kill time, but don't know where to go. There are a lot of benches for you to rest, and the breeze along the river can be quite pleasant on warmer days. If you're walking around Tataocheng or Dihua Street, a visit to the wharf is a must.

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