Datong District Walking Tour (Self Guided), Taipei

No stay in Taipei is complete without visiting the Datong district, which is a tiny slice of the city’s history, as it is here that Taipei was born. Formerly an important international commercial center, Datong still has many buildings dating back to the Qing Dynasty and the Japanese Colonial period.

The best preserved buildings are to be found on Dihua Street, the oldest road in the city. Here are a lot of beautiful temples to explore in the area, such as Dalongtong Baoan Temple, which was founded by four important merchant clans in the 18th century and the Xiahai City God Temple, whose deity protects the living and oversees the spirits of the dead. This district will give you a feel of how life was lived in the 19th century, with its traditional shops selling exotic spices, herbs, tea and fabric lengths.

There are also interesting museums to visit such as the Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre Museum with its thousands of theater puppets from all over the world. Relax on a bench in the sun or hire a bike and ride through the Dadaocheng Wharf and Park. There are plenty of cafes in the district; if you want to try some very good home cooking, try the Doorway Cafe not far from the Yongle Textile Market.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,000 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Datong District Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Datong District Walking Tour
Guide Location: Taiwan » Taipei
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: Helen

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