Top 10 Small Tourist Towns in Taiwan - Daxi Township

Daxi Township (Chinese: 大溪; also seen as "Tahsi"), is an urban township in eastern Taoyuan County of Taiwan. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan. Daxi is known for its dried tofu (大溪豆干), a popular ingredient in Taiwanese cuisine. I very like 老阿伯豆干(No.37, Zhongzheng Rd., Daxi Township,桃園縣大溪鎮中正路37號). You should taste them. Daxi is also home to the mausoleums of two Kuomintang leaders: the late president Chiang Kai-shek in nearby Cihu and his son Chiang Ching-kuo in Touliao. Back Cihu has no military use anymore, because of the Taoyuan County government's efforts to open the area to the public. There ' s a fine view of the lake.

Daxi Old Street which is comprised of old stores on Heping Road, Zhongshan Road and Zhongyang Road is well-known throughout the country. Daxi Old Street is filled with diverse stores with the façade designed in a Baroque style that is a perfect blend of the East and West. In the past, the architect would cover and hide their work before completing as they were afraid that their original design would be plagiarized by others.
Daxi Old Street is crowded by both local and oversea visitors each day for the rich cultural and traditional style architectures, as well as a wide array of Daxi specialties, such as firm tofu that are made into many flavors, old-time flavor tofu pudding that can dry one’s thirst, and peanut caramel candy that are handmade. There are also a number of stores selling traditional folklore toys and goods that children may learn the life of people back in old days and for the adults to refresh their childhood memories.

For most travelers I think you can take Taiwan Tourist Shuttle bus from Taoyuan Zhongli Bus Station to Daxi Old Street. You can also visit Shimen Prairie , Daxi Mausoleum and other scenic spots. But if you only want to visit Daxi Old Street, I suggest you take Taoyuan Bus #5098(桃園客運) from the back of Zhongli Railway Station (中壢後火車站) to Daxi (大溪). Of course you can take the bus from the stop near my home and I will help you. Sometimes riding to Daxi on the scotter on holidays is very convenient because of the traffic jam.  
If you are from Taipei, Lonely Planet Taiwan7th Edition was written:

Getting There & Around

To begin your journey by bus, you need to get to Daxi (大溪; Dàx ) first. Take the MRT to Ximen Station and take exit 2. Walk south to Guiyang St and turn left. Cross the road and just past Yanping Rd wait at the
bus stop in front of Soochow University. Catch the Taipei–Daxi bus #9103 (NT124, one hour, head way timetable) to the Taoyuan Bus Company (桃園客運; 03-388 2002) station in Daxi. This is the last stop.
From here you can catch buses as far as Xiao Wulai, but be warned that there are fewer and fewer buses running these routes, so it’s best to call the Taoyuan Bus Company to confirm the schedule. It’s so much better to have your own vehicle. Consider renting a car in Taipei or Zhongli.
There are also Bed and Breakfast like 維多莉雅民宿 but I think you'd better to know Chinese then you can book the room. 
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