Whatever works when it rains - taken near MaZu Temple
A free ride home after school
Some time on Nov 3, 2012, the now 淡水區 (District of Tamsui) quietly reached a milestone. That is, its population has finally grown to 150,000. In the old days, this would have elevated Tamsui from a 鎮 (township) to a 市 (city), a cause for celebration. Tamsui has indeed come a long way. A census report on June 1, 1939, showed that the grand total of the population of Tamsui was a mere 9,517, a time when everybody literally knew everybody. Sadly or happily, depending on your perspective, now as one of the 29 Districts of 新北市 (New Taipei City), Tamsui's small-town identity is forever gone.