AsiaTaiwanTaipei

A wharf, dried goods stores, and college reunion in Beitou

Taipei Travel Blog

 › entry 31 of 34 › view all entries
the Dadaocheng Wharf near the hotel, this was one of the original wharfs for the city of Taipei
In the morning, I took a walk toward the nearby Dadaocheng Wharf, which was the site of the original landing for Taipei. Danshui River became more shallow and big boats eventually had to dock elsewhere like in Keelung. But in the old days 100-200 years ago, this was a vibrant landing with many ships going to and from mainland China.

The wharf area has been turned into a park, with bike lanes along the river. Many people were enjoying this Saturday morning with their families on bicycles. An old boat is preserved to show visitors what they looked like when this was a real wharf.

Nearby are the streets famous for dried goods, Dihua Street. I walked by many stores with lots of colorful displays of goods ranging from garlic, Chinese medicine, flowers, candies to dried fish, shrimp.
What an old boat that sailed to Taipei would look like, at Dadaocheng Wharf
These vendors have been doing the same things for many decades, if not longer. I found the colorful patterns of their goods very beautiful and interesting to photograph. Most vendors ignored me as I was a camera toting non-local looking person. One guy at the garlic wholesale store talked to me and told me that some Japanese people were very interested in photographing his stacks of garlic, and even showed me a few angles to try.

I checked out of the hotel and left some luggage there because I would be staying in Beitou tonight. I took the subway to Shilin because I thought there was some computer club/internet cafe there. After getting off the subway, I spotted a "Asus Royal Club" sign. Since my tiny laptop was an Asus, I thought I would go check them out.
map showing the surrounding area at the Dadaocheng wharf
It turned out to be their repair and custom service facility, but with free wireless internet. So I used the network there for a while, chatting to my husband on Skype until I realized I was running late for my reunion pickup at a different subway station!

I took a taxi which turned out not to be very fast and got to the meeting place almost 15 minuteslate. But I was able to talk to the coordinator and found the pickup shuttle to the hotel. At the same time, two other classmates showed up, one of them from Texas was a friend I had not seen for more than 30 years! We rode the shuttle to the hotel in Beitou, and there we were met by more than a dozen college classmates also waiting to check into the hotel. There was a lot of guessing and head scratching to get everyone's name matched with faces.
Across the Danshui river
Several of them I had met a couple of years ago in Taipei, so eventually we were able to recognize everyone.

The event was sponsored by a few of our generous classmates so nobody had to pay for the hotel, dinner or transportation (Thank you so much for getting everyone together and footing the bill!) The room I shared with my friend Margaret was very nice and the whole hotel has either wired or wireless internet. We went for a walk in the neighborhood, down the hill to the famous "all-green" Beitou Public Library! It's built from wood, pleasing architecture and was a popular place not only for the residents but also for visitors! After the walk back from the library, we had more tea/drink time in the cafe before we got ready for dinner and reunion.

We had great food of course, but more importantly, we had a walk down the memory lane with a slide show of old college photos, as well as recent photos provided by many classmates.
Across the Danshui river
Everyone got to say a few words about what they had been up to these past 30 years, even people who were not present sent letters to be read. After dinner, we had KTV. For some reason, KTV (karaoke) was the most popular type of recreational activity in Taiwan (and some other Asian countries). We had people who were very versed in the singing and others like me who had never done it before. My problem was also that I was not very knowledgeable about the popular songs so could not even hum along for many. But we did finish the evening with the song "Friends" which I did know and I even took the mic, but we got everyone singing it together so I don't think my horrible singing was too noticeable.

Then it's time for a hot springs soak. Beitou is the closest hot springs resort place to Taipei, and this hotel was well equiped with both a men's and a women's hot spa. So some of us went and enjoyed a nice hot soak before midnight and time for bed.


Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
the Dadaocheng Wharf near the hote…
the Dadaocheng Wharf near the hot…
What an old boat that sailed to Ta…
What an old boat that sailed to T…
map showing the surrounding area a…
map showing the surrounding area …
Across the Danshui river
Across the Danshui river
Across the Danshui river
Across the Danshui river
boats at Dadaocheng Wharf
boats at Dadaocheng Wharf
a bridge over Danshui river in the…
a bridge over Danshui river in th…
a medallion to ward off evils hang…
a medallion to ward off evils han…
garlic wholesaler
garlic wholesaler
candy store
candy store
bags of garlic in a wholesale store
bags of garlic in a wholesale store
dry goods, various grains for sale
dry goods, various grains for sale
dry goods, various grains for sale
dry goods, various grains for sale
a store for Chinese medicine
a store for Chinese medicine
Motorcycle with bags of garlic
Motorcycle with bags of garlic
all kinds of dried shrimp and fish
all kinds of dried shrimp and fish
dried small fish
dried small fish
dried goods
dried goods
dried shrimp and fish
dried shrimp and fish
dried flowers
dried flowers
sorting the garlic
sorting the garlic
a citrus vendor
a citrus vendor
grains for sale
grains for sale
a peek of a parade with a very tal…
a peek of a parade with a very ta…
Beitou public library, a all gree…
Beitou public library, a all "gre…
Beitou public library, me and one …
Beitou public library, me and one…
Beitou public library, a all gree…
Beitou public library, a all "gre…
Beitou public library, a all gree…
Beitou public library, a all "gre…
Beitou public library, its very ni…
Beitou public library, its very n…
interior of Beitou public library,…
interior of Beitou public library…
kids reading in Beitou public libr…
kids reading in Beitou public lib…
bathroom of our hotel room in Beit…
bathroom of our hotel room in Bei…
and shower on the left
and shower on the left
this is the nice sink in the bathr…
this is the nice sink in the bath…
Taipei
photo by: Deats