Daxi (or Dasi, Daqi), literally translated as “da” big and “xi” river, is a small town on the Western side of Taiwan. There is also a Daxi on our side of the island, completely different place but named the same. Originally Daxi was used as a route inland via the Tamsui river and the town played a role in import and export industry. It’s historic Old Street was formed during the period of Japanese occupation (1895-1945) where traders sprung up to sell their wares. This is why Daxi has such a unique Japanese baroque style with washed stone building fronts.
We made the 4 hour trek to Daxi from LuoDong to visit our friend, Danny, another Brit who came to Taiwan in the same group as us and works for the same school on the other side of the island.
We enjoyed an amble of the Old Street, which is full of arty stores, down to the river, up through the park and back along to a pizza place built behind one of the stone arches.
Just down the road from the town itself, are the mausoleums of two Kuomintang leaders: Chiang Kai-shek in nearby Cihu and his son, Chiang Ching-kuo, in Touliao. We took the bus to the strange tribute to Kai-shek, lush green grass planted with heaps of statues of the man himself – loads and loads of him.
From here we walked back along the country road back into Daxi before making our way home.
How to get to Daxi?
Take the blue MRT line all the way down to Yongning (the last station). Take exit 1 and walk down the road to the bus stops. You’ll have to look at a couple to find it, but right down on the bottom left you’ll be able to see Bus 9103. The bus leaves about every 40mins and you can pay on board (it’s about 70NT). It will take just less than an hour to get to Daxi from here.