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  • Explore Tamsui - the sea trade intersection on the edge of the Far East, where the Spanish, Dutch, English and Chinese history coincided since the Age of Discovery!

  • Visit the local scenery of Tamsui District famous for its picture-perfect hotspots, including the charming Japanese-style dream house, majestic red-brick British mansion and the breathtaking sunset view by the sea!

  • Discover the hidden heritage of Tamsui as a miniature of Taiwanese history and see how traces of European, Chinese, British, Japanese, Australian and American influence are shaped into local architecture!


Located at the estuary of the Tamsui River, the story of Tamsui mirrors the history of Taiwan. Before the 17th century, Tamsui was a trading post between the indigenous peoples and foreign seaside merchants and eventually saw Spanish and Dutch colonization, before being conquered by Qing China in 1683. After Qing China lost the Second Opium War in 1858, however, Tamsui was forced to open to foreign businesses as part of the signed treaty. The opening of the treaty port forever changed the local scenery and saw the beginning of Tamsui’s development as a strategic seaport between the most powerful colonial empires in the world such as Britain, France, and later Japan. Today, Tamsui is one of the most popular sites among visitors to Taipei with its unique seaside scenery and historic neighborhoods. On this Tamsui Sea Trade Tour, join us for a journey through time and explore historic sites such as the famous Fort San Domingo, British and Japanese official residence houses, colonial-style architecture, and the famous Tamsui Wharf known for its sunset-by-the-sea view!


1. Douglas Lapraik & Co.

Douglas Lapraik & Co. represented the many foreign-owned companies that opened in Tamsui. After Qing China lost the Second Opium War in 1858, foreign businesses became legal in Taiwan as part of the international treaty. Douglas Lapraik, an English businessman, started his business empire after Hong Kong was ceded to the United Kingdom and operated shipping routes. After Douglas retired, his nephew John Steward Lapraik inherited his business and expanded shipping routes to Taiwan. Douglas Lapraik & Co. was built in Tamsui in the 1870s and dominated Taiwan's shipping industry for nearly 30 years after. Many famous historic figures in Taiwan, including the much-celebrated Canadian missionary, educator, and medical provider George Leslie Mackay, rode on ships under Douglas Lapraik & Co. when first arriving in Tamsui!


2. The Former Residence of Tada Eikichi

This building was completed in 1934 and owned by the head of Tamsui township and businessman, Tada Eikichi. Built as the residence for the upper-class Japanese, the house was one of the earliest private residences in Tamsui that had running tap water and an amazing view of the mountain and river. Today, the building remains the most well-preserved Japanese building in Tamsui.

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3. Tamsui Customs Officer’s Residence (Little White House)

Known to locals as the “Little White House” due to its prominent white color, the Customs Officer’s Residence was built in 1866 to accommodate the growing number of foreign officers that were stationed in Tamsui. The building was used as a social club for active and retired customs officers in the Japanese colonial period. Today, many newlywed couples choose to take photos here because of its photogenic backdrop!

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4. Fort San Domingo

Fort San Domingo is not only the oldest site we see on this tour but also one of the oldest buildings remaining in Taiwan! Built almost 400 years ago by the Spanish, Fort San Domingo was later managed by nine different regimes. After the opening of treaty ports in 1862, the fort was leased to the British as a consulate and remained under their care for almost 100 years, until the United Kingdom broke ties with the Taiwanese government in 1972. You can also find the British consul’s official residence, now a museum, next door.

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5. Tamsui Customs Wharf

First constructed as a military base during the Qing Dynasty, Tamsui Customs Wharf was later responsible for customs duties on goods passing through the border when Tamsui became the largest international port in Taiwan after the opening of treaty ports. After World War Two, the military took over the wharf, but eventually moved their headquarters to Kaohsiung. The wharf is now a popular cultural park for locals and visitors, and the last site of our tour.

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Tour ends

Meet up with guide

Meeting point: Exit 1 of MRT Tamsui Station

Our guides are recognized with a green and white paper fan saying "Like It Formosa".

  • Sep 17th (Sun) 15:00

  • Sep 24th (Sun) 15:00

  • Oct 15th (Sun) 15:00 (In cooperation with Taiwan Design Expo)

  • Oct 29th (Sun) 15:00 (In cooperation with Taiwan Design Expo)

  • Nov 12th (Sun) 15:00

  • Nov 26th (Sun) 15:00

  • Dec 10th (Sun) 15:00

  • Dec 30th (Sat) 15:00

Gleaming Tamsui - Dinosaur Expedition Tour

  • Dec 31st (Sun) 14:00

  • Jan 1st (Mon) 14:00



Meeting Point

FREE, and includes:

  • Travel insurance

  • Ticket to Tamsui Customs Officer’s Residence (Little White House)

  • Ticket to Fort San Domingo

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Important Notice
  1. Travel insurance is included.

  2. The guide is recognized with a green and white paper fan saying "Like It Formosa".

  3. If no people register or if either the Taipei City Government or the New Taipei City Government announces a day off because of natural disasters, the tour will be canceled and you will be notified via email one day in advance.

  4. This tour is NOT wheelchair friendly.

  5. This tour is free of charge; however, a deposit of US$3 will be collected in advance, and NT$100 will be refunded in cash by the guide after the participant attends the tour.

  6. Tamsui Historical Museum shall be granted to the right to capture a portrait photograph of the participants during this event, and shall retain full ownership of all associated intellectual property rights pertaining to them, including (but not limited to) the right to utilize, reuse, publicly use, adapt, distribute, and publish the portrait photograph, encompassing purposes including (but not limited to) promotion, advertising and trade both during and subsequent to this event.

  7. In the event of emergency situations, please call the guide or message our Facebook Fanpage.

  8. This event is hosted by Tamsui Historical Museum. Anything not covered hereunder, the Museum reserves the right of final modification.

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