The historic port of Danshui

Located near the strategic northern tip of Taiwan, the small town of Danshui also guard the maritime approaches to Taipei. The Spanish, Dutch and Manchus have all built fortresses here; The French attacked the town but were repelled, some say, with the help of Matsu and other gods; The British opened a consulate that lasted till 1970s. Today, it is an outer suburb of Taipei, whose citizens come every weekend for the wonderful snacks, cakes and pastries, and toufu stuffed with glass noodles.