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Tamsui Customs Wharf Park Area

Tamsui Customs Wharf Park Area

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Updates : 2022-10-20


The Customs Warf Park Area is located along a low platform downhill from the Fortress San Domingo with a great view overlooking the Tamsui estuary and Guandu Bridge and presenting a panoramic view of the surroundings. Tamsui Customs Wharf has played an important role in the Modern History of Taiwan. The 200-meter shallow water wharf is divided into three sections and built with the mixed building materials of Guanyin Rocks and Qilian Rocks and the refined construction method; and the western house and two historic port warehouses are the evidences of the old era of Tamsui Port.

The Customs Wharf located on Zhongzheng Road was Taiwan's very important port due to the Treaty of Tientsin signed in 1858 (Xianfeng era 8) and the Convention of Peking signed in 1860 (Xianfeng era 10), it had a critical position in the history of trading. At that time, the pier of the Port Corporation and the boathouse of the British Consulate were established here. The Chinese government designated a British named Li Tai-guo in Chinese (whose English name is Horatio N. Lay) to act as the "General Customs Commissioner." The transfer of the customs administration to foreigners is important historical evidence proving the invasion of northern Taiwan by the powerful nations in the late Qing Dynasty. Inside the Tamsui Customs Wharf area, there are still customs- associated structures built in the Qing Dynasty and the Japanese Colonial Period, such as the main body of the wharf, a two-story western house, two warehouses and the remains of other associated buildings, which are now city designated historical sites.

Along the river bank, it's clear to see the Tamsui Customs Wharf with a total length of 150 meters, a construction of the gravity bank wall covered with hard rocks over the surface and a stone construction filled with gravel to prevent tidal erosion.



(April to October, only applies to the outdoor area): Monday through Friday 17:00—20:00, Saturday and Sunday 18:00—20:00. Off days: The first Monday of every month (Whenever it's a national holiday, the area is open, and the next day it will be closed.), Chinese New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year's Day, the offwork days announced by the government due to natural disasters; other necessary off days will be announced separately.
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