I’ve visited Tamsui a lot over the years I’ve lived in Taiwan. For a small town it has a huge density of interesting places, from the impressive red brick villas on the hills to temples and market streets on the lower slopes. Each time I visited, including on the visits I made to create this drawing, I found new places. I remember on early trips being a little disappointed with the town. The old street is mostly modern buildings and the waterfront, while having some pretty views of Mr Guanyin, is a busy tourist trap at weekends. On later trips I found the Danshui I really liked was more in the backstreets and up on the hills, especially in the Chongjian Street area and around the old fort. The waterfront is also more serene and beautiful when you head north past the ferry piers and under a row of big banyan trees.
I’ve drawn the town on a typical “people mountain people sea” weekend day as that’s how I’ve mostly experienced it! The old fort is on the left with Aletheia University and the MRT station is on the right. Between them is the core of old Tamsui with all its tiny shops and temples. The complicated area around Chongjian was particularly hard to draw correctly. As one of my more detailed drawings I decided against adding color or traffic as it is already a busy enough image!
Available as an open edition print on archival quality fine art paper. 100 x 37 cm