Danshui is a sea-side district in New Taipei City (different from Taipei City), in northern Taiwan. It is popular for viewing the sunset as well as containing a number of historical sights.
It is accessed by taking the Taipei MRT’s Red Line. Danshui is the end of the station of the Red line, around 45 minutes from Taipei Main Station. The Taipei MRT uses blue smart tokens that function similar to smart cards. I think we paid NT 55 (P83) for the ride.
We arrived in Danshui around 4 in the afternoon, quite late already to go to the numerous sites in the area, fine by us since we were here primarily for the shopping and food. We decided to start our exploration at Zhong Zheng St. We were intrigued by a couple of shops renting out motorcycles and bicycles, probably to make it easier to explore the area.
Be sure to get some of these clay figurines as souvenirs.We bought one with zodiac symbols for the three of us, which they made on the spot including writing the Chinese words for the animals.
We were moving along the road filled with shops, food stalls, and even a temple.
Bolo King. This shop specializes in polo buns, a very popular break in Hong Kong. The top part is sweet and crunchy while the inside and bottom is soft and fluffy. A yummy snack, the first one I had but definitely not the last.
Master Mi.This stall sells rice popped snacks called Mi Xiang, that come out like saucers and with lots of different flavors added. Lauren bought a pack of chocolate flavored ones and seemed to enjoy them a lot. We first encountered these snacks in Korea and then saw a stall in Megamall.
I don’t know what these are called but the were something like hopia but with a chewy center with many flavor to choose from. I tried a piece first then bought 3 more to bring home after liking it.
Quail egg with fish on stick. While we continued walking up the street, we saw an intriguing stall selling quail egg snacks. Since it was not that expensive, NT20 (P30), we decided to try it out. We saw them breaking the fresh quail egss on to plates similar to those used for Takoyaki, then small fishes are added then allowed to cook until it forms a ball. I enjoyed this one a lot.