Delve into the markets and temples near a riverside park and admire the innovative works on display in the contemporary art museum.
The preserved Japanese architecture and remnants from the Qing dynasty make the district of Datong stand out on the eastern shore of the Tamsui River. Markets, temples and teahouses combine with old-world buildings to present a vision of the Taipei of yesteryear.
Enjoy the views of the water and the New Taipei skyline from the railings of Yanping Riverside Park. Relax on one of the cement stools along the riverbank and bring food and drink for a picnic on the adjacent lawn. The park runs close to several key attractions, including the historic Taipei Xiahai Chenghuang Temple. See the statues of the City God, his wife and a Chinese cupid in this spiritual hub packed with sculptures.
Learn about the local customs with a trip to the Baoan Temple, which has a folk arts festival from April to June. For a slice of serenity, head to the tranquil Confucius Temple and appreciate the curved tiers of its roof.
The district also expresses its traditions and customs through its markets and shopping avenues. Stroll along iconic Dihua Street, the oldest roadway in Taipei. Pick up all sorts of traditional herbs, clothes and Taiwanese tea in the quirky and alternative shops.
As evening falls, browse the Ningxia Night Market or the Yansan Night Market, making sure to try the oyster omelets, mochi balls and pork liver soup.
Check out the modern side of local culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Its corridors and halls are lined with creative works across various media.
Datong is on the western side of Taipei, bordering the eastern bank of the Tamsui River. Ride the Tamsui-Xinyi Line or the Songshan-Xindian Line to one of the metro stations in the eastern and southern sides of the area and get around on foot. Cross the river for the Luzhou District and the Sanchong District in New Taipei City.