八里 Bali

By greenteapanda

May 31, 2009

Category: Travel

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Not the place in Indonesia, but rather the original port and seat of government (about 220 years ago) of what is now Taipei. It is across the river from Danshui (northern end of the MRT red line). The place was a dump, it still has a sewage treatment plant, but nonetheless it still has managed to become a tourist attraction. People enjoy riding all sorts of vehicles on the boardwalks near the sea.

Some statues look to be made from garbage. I wasn’t convinced in their artistic value, such as this one:

Paintings on the sewage treatment plant seemed better, but no indication of what they are supposed to represent.

The big thing for many people in the area is the Shisanhang Museum (十三行博物館), an archaeological museum that is at least architecturally interesting if not full of particularly interesting artifacts or information. It is supposed to look like a whale diving into the sea. I did not get that impression, but liked the spaces created by the museum’s form.

All of the above is across the river from Danshui, though one may be better off taking bus red 13 from the Guandu area. It will take less time and will avoid crowds on the ferries that go back and forth. The line to go back to Danshui at night looked to be about an hour long. On foot, it took me about that amount of time to walk up the river, over the Guandu bridge, and into Guandu station. Guandu is three stops closer to Taipei city as well. There are nice places to rest my camera to get good pictures:

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